Terms and Conditions

Welcome to the Rory Peck Trust (RPT) website at rorypecktrust.org. These are the terms of use and service governing the access of our site. By using the site, you agree to these terms of use in full.

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1. General Information Regarding These Master Terms of Use

Please read these terms carefully. they apply to your use of the site at rorypecktrust.org and all its content and services.

YOUR ACCESS OR USE OF ANY WEBSITE OR SERVICE IN ANY WAY SIGNIFIES THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS. By accessing or using any Website or Service you also represent that you have the legal authority to accept the Terms on behalf of yourself and any party you represent in connection with your use of any Website or Service. If you do not agree to the Terms, you are not authorized to the site or its services.

The website, rorypecktrust.org, will be referred to as the ‘site.’ Rory Peck Trust will be referred to as ‘RPT’. Anyone accessing the site is referred to as the ‘user’.

2. Provisions and limitations of the Websites and Services

RPT makes the site available according to the terms on this page. In particular but without limitation, you may not use the site for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, any applicable additional terms, or any other conditions or notices that are made available on this site, or by it’s hosting provider, domain provider or development partners.

RPT does not provide legal advice. Communicating through the site does not constitute legal advice and ou are advised to consult with your own legal counsel for such. All site services, information and functionality is offered on an “as-is” basis. RPT makes no warranties regarding anything on the site and disclaims liability for damages resulting from use.

3. Locations of site and jurisdictions

RPT offers and controls the site from its locations in United Kingdom. RPT makes no representations that the site appropriate or available for use in other locations. If you are accessing site from other jurisdictions, you do so at your own risk and you are responsible for compliance with local law. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Websites may contain or provide links to content (defined in Section 8, below) hosted on websites located outside of the United States of America.

4. User Conduct

Users agree not to use site to:

1. Post, use or transmit content that you do not have the right to post or use, for example, under intellectual property, confidentiality, privacy or other applicable laws;

2. Post, use or transmit unsolicited or unauthorized content, including advertising or promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of unsolicited or unwelcome solicitation or advertising;

3. Post, use or transmit content that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment or otherwise interfere with or disrupt the Websites or Services or servers or networks connected to the Websites or Services, or that disobeys any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Websites or Services;

4. Post or transmit content that is harmful, offensive, obscene, abusive, invasive of privacy, defamatory, hateful or otherwise discriminatory, false and misleading, incites an illegal act, or is otherwise in breach of your obligations to any person or contrary to any applicable laws and regulations;

5. Intimidate or harass another;

6. Use or attempt to use another’s account, service, or personal information;

7. Remove, circumvent, disable, damage or otherwise interfere with any security-related features that enforce limitations on the use of the Websites or Services;

8. Attempt to gain unauthorized access to the site, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to the site, through hacking password mining or any other means or interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the site or any activities conducted through the site;

9. Use any means to bypass or ignore robots.txt, or other measures we use to restrict access or use of the site;

10. Impersonate another person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; or

11. Post or transmit any personally identifiable information about minors.

In addition, you may not (and may not authorize another party to): (i) frame or otherwise co-brand the site (for example, by displaying a name, logo, trademark or other means of attribution of a third party that is reasonably likely to give the user the impression that that third party has the right to display, publish or distribute the site); or, (ii) use any aspect of the site in any manner that could disable, overburden, damage or impair the site, or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of this or any other website or service.

5. Terms Relating to content on the Websites and Services

1. Responsibility for content. You understand that all material, data and information, such as data files, written text, computer software, music, audio files or other sounds, photographs, videos or other images (collectively, “content”) which you may have access to as part of, or through your use of, the site are the sole responsibility of the person from which such content originated.

This includes assertions that persons may make, expressly or impliedly, about the provenance and ownership of content that they supply, upload, list and/or link to. You acknowledge that RPT does not make any representations or warranties about the content, including without limitation, about the accuracy, integrity or quality of the content made available at the instigation of users of the site. You understand that by using the site, you may be exposed to content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. Under no circumstances is RPT liable in any way for any content, including, but not limited to: any infringing content, any errors or omissions in content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content posted, transmitted to, linked to or otherwise accessible or made available via the site.

6. Licenses Associated With content on the site

1. RPT content: All content (other than computer software) owned by RPT and made available by RPT on the site is licensed under the  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License, unless marked otherwise.

2. Your content: You retain the copyright of your content that you provide on the site or in connection with its services. You hereby agree that all content you voluntarily provide to RPT on or through the site can be licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License on the site, is not copyrightable by others, or is in the public domain. When you post content on the site you grant permission for the relevant URL to be associated with your content for purposes of that license. If content you provide is protected by copyright, then if it is not licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License, you must not provide it to RPT without specific arrangements beforehand.. For the avoidance of doubt, you may otherwise license your content on any terms or no terms at all, but upon uploading or supplying content protected by copyright to the RPT site, you are licensing such content under a  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License in addition to any such other license that may apply to your content. RPT has the right to reuse, quote or cite this content unless prior arrangements have been made..

3. Third party content: third party content and sites that RPT  links to or embeds in the site or that are provided through the services, including but not limited to blogs and news feeds, are subject to the license terms accompanying such content. We encourage you to always verify the license of any such content before use.

4. Search Results: RPT provides website search tools as a service. As stated above, you should independently verify the terms of the license attached to any content you intend to use.

5. Content You Provide: You may only submit content to the site that you have the right to submit. This means that you can only submit content that you yourself create, that is in the public domain or that you have been expressly granted the right to submit.

Content that infringes the rights of any third party must not be submitted. You represent, warrant and agree that no content of any kind submitted, posted or otherwise shared by you on or through site violates or infringes upon the rights of any third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity or other personal or proprietary rights, or contains libelous, defamatory or otherwise unlawful material. Further, you represent, warrant and agree not to submit any personally identifiable information, including any content containing personally identifiable information, about any legally minor person. RPT may, but is not obligated to, review your submissions and may delete or remove (without notice) any content in its sole discretion that RPT determines violates these terms or that may be offensive, illegal, or that might violate the rights, harm or threaten the safety of others.

RPT does not endorse or support any content posted by you or any other third party on or through the site. You alone are responsible for creating backup copies and replacing any content you post on the site, and you authorize RPT to make copies of your content as we deem necessary in order to facilitate the posting of your content on the site or our other services. You may request the removal of your content from the site or our services at any time, and RPT will take reasonable assess the request, make a decision and remove such content (if warranted). RPT can only remove any such content from its own site at rorypecktrust.org and cannot remove content from email archives, external computers or devices, other websites or anything else beyond RPT control.. If you choose to remove your content, the Creative Commons  license you granted when submitting such content  will remain in full force and effect in accordance with its terms.

7. Use of content on the site.

You may use the content you find on the site in accordance with the terms of the license applicable to that content. For the avoidance of doubt, you must attribute all content (except public domain content) in the manner specified by the author or licensor (including attribution to any designated Attribution Party) and in accordance with the terms of such license and you must not remove or alter any copyright, trademark, name or other notice or legend that appears in connection with the content.  You must not use the content for any commercial purposes. You represent and warrant to RPT that you will use any and all content on our site and services in accordance with the applicable license. You should be sure to review the terms of that license before you use the content to which it applies so that you know what you can and cannot do.By using the site, you agree that you are solely responsible for your use of any and all content made available thereon. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any content, including any reliance on the provenance, ownership, accuracy, completeness, or reliability of such content. In this regard, you acknowledge that you may not rely on any content made available on the site without your own independent evaluation of that content. RPT does not guarantee that content made available on the site does not infringe the rights of any third party.

8. Third Party Websites and Content; Links

The site may contain links to websites not controlled by RPT (“Third Party Websites”), as well as content belonging to or originating from persons or organizations other than RPT (“Third Party Content”). You acknowledge that Rory Peck Trust is not responsible or liable for any third party websites or any Third Party content, information or products made available at any Third Party website. You further acknowledge that RPT (a) is not responsible or liable for any Third Party websites or any Third Party content, information or products made available at any Third Party website; (b) has not reviewed any Third Party websites or Third Party content for accuracy, appropriateness, completeness or non infringement; (c) has not sponsored or otherwise endorsed Third Party websites or Third Party content; and (d) makes no representations or warranties whatsoever about any Third Party websites or Third Party content.

9. Participating in Our Community: Registered Users

RPT’s site at rorypecktrust.org has social and community interactivity in some sections and may add or enhance the site with more commenting, forms, accounts and forums in the future.

Registering for an account on the site is void where prohibited. Only persons who are of or older than the age to give informed consent to join an online community in their jurisdiction and fully competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations and warranties set forth in these terms and to abide by and comply with these terms may register for an account and use the related services and functionality provided. Any registration by, use of or access to the site, its tools and functionality as a registered user by any minor (as defined by your local jurisdiction) without parental or guardian permission, is unauthorized, unlicensed and a violation of these terms. By registering for an account on the site or using the related Services, you represent and warrant that you are the age of consent to do so in your jurisdiction, and you further agree to abide by all of the terms and conditions of these terms and any applicable additional terms.

Services offered to registered users are provided subject to these terms and any additional terms specified on this page or elsewhere on the site. RPT reserves the right to modify or discontinue the accounts of registered users and any related services at any time. RPT disclaims any and all liability to registered users and third parties in the event RPT exercises its right to modify or discontinue user accounts or related services.

9.1 Registration; Security.

You agree to (a) provide accurate, current and complete information about you, if and as may be prompted by the registration process on the any of the Websites, (b) maintain the security of your password(s) and identification, (c) maintain and promptly update your registration information and any other information you provide to RPT or the site, and to keep it accurate and complete to, among other things, allow us to contact you, and (d) be fully responsible for all use of your account and for any actions that take place using your account. It is your responsibility to ensure that RPT and/or the site has up-to-date contact information for you. You may not set up an account or membership on behalf of another individual or entity unless you are authorized to do so.

9.2 No Membership in Rory Peck Trust.

As used in these terms, “registered user” means a person who has registered and obtained an account on one rorypecktrust.org or any of RPTs other sites or services. Becoming a registered user or using any of the related websites or services does not and shall not be deemed to make you a member or affiliate of RPT for any purposes whatsoever, nor shall you have any of the rights of a statutory member. You have no rights to represent yourself as a representative or speak on behalf of RPT.

9.3 Termination and Inactivation of User Accounts

Your participation as a registered user and use the related services terminates automatically upon your breach of any of these terms or applicable additional terms.

In addition, RPT may, at any time: (a) modify, suspend or terminate the operation of or access to your user account for any reason; (b) modify or change such website and services and any applicable terms and policies governing your user account and related websites and services for any reason; and (c) interrupt user accounts and related website and services for any reason, all as RPT deems appropriate in its discretion. Your access to your account, and use of the related site or services may be terminated by you or by RPT at any time and for any reason whatsoever, without notice. RPT retains the right to hold on to records that your account has once been active if it has been de-activated.

In addition, RPT reserves the right to delete and purge any account and all Content associated therewith following any prolonged period of inactivity, all as may be determined by RPT in its complete discretion.

10. Disclaimer of warranties

To the fullest extent permitted by the applicable law, rory peck trust offers the website and services as-is and makes no representations or warranties of any kind concerning the website or services, express, implied, statutory or otherwise, including, without limitation, warranties of title, merchantibility, fitness for a particular purpose, or noninfringement.
Rory peck trust does not warrant that the functions or content contained on the website will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that rpt’s servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. Rory peck trust does not warrant or make any representation regarding use or the result of use of the content in terms of accuracy, reliability, or otherwise.

11. Limitation of liability

Except to the extent required by applicable law and then only to that extent, in no event will rory peck trust, its employees, officers, directors, affiliates or agents (“the rory peck trust parties”) be liable to you on any legal theory for any incidental, direct, indirect, punitive, actual, consequential, special, exemplary or other damages, including without limitation, loss of revenue or income, lost profits, pain and suffering, emotional distress, cost of substitute goods or services, or similar damages suffered or incurred by you or any third party that arise in connection with the website or services (or the termination thereof for any reason), even if the rory peck trust parties have been advised of the possibility of such damages.

The rory peck trust parties shall not be responsible or liable whatsoever in any manner for any content posted on the website (including claims of infringement relating to content posted on the website, for your use of the website and services, or for the conduct of third parties whether on the website, in connection with the services or otherwise relating to the website or services.

12. Indemnification for Breach of Terms of Use

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Rory Peck Trust parties (defined above) from and against any and all loss, expenses, damages, and costs, including without limitation reasonable attorneys fees, resulting, whether directly or indirectly, from your violation of the Terms. You also agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Rory Peck Trust parties from and against any and all claims brought by third parties arising out of your use of the site, services and content you make available by any means, including without limitation through a posting, a link, reference to content, or otherwise.

13. Privacy Policy

Rory Peck Trust is committed to handling responsibly the information and data we collect through our Websites and Services and agrees to use your personal information in accordance with our site’s Privacy Policy and these terms. You can find our privacy and cookies policy elsewhere on the site.

14. Trademarks

This site may contain trademarks, service marks, logos and other names that are the property of RPT or other parties as indicated with respect to their names or icons. In the case of Rory Peck Trust is the sole owner of its trademarks and third party trademarks displayed in the site are owned by the entitites they represent. Users must refer to trademark holders for details on fair usage as allowed and limited under local jurisdictions.

15. Copyright information

Rory Peck Trust respects the intellectual property rights of others, and we prohibit users of our site from submitting, uploading, posting or otherwise transmitting any materials that violate another person’s intellectual property rights. Issues, concerns or complaints about content use with regards to copyright can be made to digital@rorypecktrust.org, or: The Rory Peck Trust, Linton House, 24 Wells Street, London, W1T 3PH, Tel: +44 (0)203 219 7860.

Additionally, it is our policy to terminate usage rights and any applicable user accounts of users we determine to be “repeat infringers” of others’ copyrights.

Content hosted on third party websites is the responsibility of those websites, and not of Rory Peck Trust, regardless of whether the content had been previously published at rorypecktrust.org or in any RPT material. If you are the copyright owner of content hosted on a third party site without your permission, and you have not authorized the use of that content, please contact the administrator of the hosting website directly to have the content removed.

16. Termination of this Agreement

Rory Peck Trust may, at any time: (a) modify, suspend or terminate the operation of or access to any part or portion of the site or its services; (b) modify or change the site or services and functionality for any reason; (c) interrupt the operation of any part or all of the site for any reason, all as RPT deems appropriate in its sole discretion.

Your access to, and use of, the site may be terminated by you or by Rory Peck Trust at any time and for any reason. Rory Peck Trust will use reasonable efforts to notify you in advance about any material modification, suspension or termination.

The disclaimer of warranties, the limitation of liability and the jurisdiction and applicable law provisions shall survive any termination. The license grants mentioned herein shall continue in effect subject to the terms of the applicable license.

17. Miscellaneous

These terms and any applicable additional terms constitute the entire agreement between you and Rory Peck Trust relating to the website and its services and functions, and supersede all other communications (with the exception of future amendments) between you and RPT.

18. Terms effective date, sources, updates and credits

content on this site is published under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License unless otherwise noted. Content rights of Rory Peck Awards submissions are retained by the creators.

The terms given on this page are effective 12 September, 2013. Parts of this document have been adapted from the Creative Commons Terms of Use and are licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License, with permission from Creative Commons. We may update these terms and conditions in the future. Changes and amendments can will be posted to this page. For inquiries regarding this page, please contact digital@rorypecktrust.org

Lord Black of Brentwood (Patron)

Deputy Chairman, Telegraph Media Group

“I am hugely impressed by the vital work of the Rory Peck Trust… it deserves to be widely supported across the publishing industry.”

Lord Black is Deputy Chairman at the Telegraph Media Group, Chairman of the Commonwealth Press Union (CPU) Media Trust, and an Executive Committee Member of the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA).

He is a passionate defender of press freedom and free speech in the UK and across the Commonwealth. From 1996 – 2003 he was Director of the Press Complaints Commission, and from 2003-2005 he was Director of Communications for the Conservative Party.

He is an active Member of the House of Lords and speaks regularly on matters such as freedom of speech; animal welfare; gay equality and music education. He is also a Churchwarden of St Bride’s Church and a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum.

Sarah Ward-Lilley (Chair)

Managing Editor, BBC News

“Being a Trustee is my way of trying to use my experience at the BBC to help the wider freelance community.”

Sarah has had a long-term involvement with the Rory Peck Trust, having produced The Rory Peck Awards for 5 years and serving as a member of the Board since 2004. She joined BBC News in 1989 as a producer in the TV Newsroom and after working as a field producer for many years, she became Managing Editor and later Deputy Head of BBC Newsgathering. In both those roles, Sarah had a special responsibility for safety, training and welfare. She currently manages all the BBC’s international news bureaux. Sarah is Vice President of the EBU News Committee and an advisor to the Dart Centre (Europe) for Journalism and Trauma.

“I’ve spent much of the last 10 years working to support BBC teams who cover dangerous and difficult stories around the world. These teams are often a mix of BBC staff and freelancers. We ensure that our freelancers have access to training, insurance and contracts, so that they are protected and safe and it’s this awareness of the specific issues and concerns that all freelancers face which has made me so committed to the work of the Trust. Being a Trustee is my way of trying to use my experience at the BBC to help the wider freelance community.”

James Brabazon

Freelance Journalist and Filmmaker

“Quite simply the Trust watches our back, and without them the work of freelancers worldwide would be harder and more insecure.”

James Brabazon is an award-winning frontline journalist and documentary filmmaker. Based in London he has travelled in over 70 countries, investigating, filming and directing in the world’s most hostile environments. His awards include the Rory Peck Sony International Impact Award 2003, the Rory Peck Freelancer’s Choice Award 2003, the IDA Courage Under Fire Award 2004 and the IDFA Joris Ivens Competition Special Jury Award 2004.

James has also been nominated for two BAFTAs and two Emmys. He has made over forty international current affairs films broadcast by the BBC, Channel 4, CNN, SABC and the Discovery Channel. James lectures on the ethics and practicalities of journalism in war zones and has written for the Observer, the Independent and the Guardian. His international bestseller book, My Friend the Mercenary, was published by Canongate in June 2010 a memoir recounting his experiences of the Liberian civil war and the Equatorial Guinea coup plot. James joined the Board of The Rory Peck Trust in 2010.

“The Rory Peck Trust is a unique lifeline of help, care and support for freelancers who work under the most difficult conditions, reporting the hardest stories, facing the greatest risks. Quite simply the Trust watches our back, and without them the work of freelancers worldwide would be harder and more insecure. Being connected to the Rory Peck Trust is to be connected to the global community of freelancers – helping to keep our work as productive, and sustainable, and as safe as possible.”

Madhav Chinnappa

Director of Strategic Relations for News & Publishers, Google

“The Trust supports a part of the news ecosystem that often gets overlooked – freelancers.”

Madhav Chinnappa is the Director of Strategic Relations for News & Publishers, working on partnerships and collaboration between Google and the news industry. In 2015, he launched the Digital News Initiative, which is Google’s overarching framework for engagement with the European news ecosystem. He joined Google in 2010 to focus on Google News & Magazines in the EMEA regions. He has worked in the news industry since 1994 – first in the launch team of Associated Press Television (APTV), a year in M&A at United News & Media and spent over 9 years at BBC News, latterly as Head of Development & Rights.

“I have known, and been impressed and humbled by the work the Rory Peck Trust has done from the early days of my career at APTV. The Trust supports a part of the news ecosystem that often gets overlooked – freelancers – and yet it is these self same freelancers who play an invaluable role in the news that we all consume. I am honoured to be on the board of the Trust.”

Andy Clarke

Bureau Chief, CBS News London

“As the only charity for freelancers, the Trust is a beacon of hope for all those who cover the news without the backing of a large organisation.”

Andy first became involved with the Rory Peck Trust in 2006 when staff cameraman Paul Douglas and freelance soundman James Brolan were tragically killed by a terrorist bomb in Baghdad. “I was so impressed with the way the Trust helped CBS News support the Brolan family that I knew it was an organisation I wanted to support.” Since the untimely death of his colleagues Andy, and CBS News London have organised a number of charitable events to raise money for the Trust.

Andy became London Bureau Chief in 2011 after serving 5 years as the Deputy Bureau Chief. Before that, Andy spent two decades covering stories around the globe as a producer for CBS News, more often than not in hostile environments. He was based in Tokyo and reported from the Far East for five years. Andy is the recipient of two national Emmy awards and an Overseas Press Club of America award for his coverage of the Kashmir Earthquake in 2005.

Ben de Pear

Editor, Channel 4 News

“Freelancers cover the stories we can’t or don’t – but often should.”

Ben became Editor of Channel 4 News in August 2012. Before that, he was Head of Foreign News at Channel 4 News, following a decade mostly in hostile environments as a foreign producer for ITN and Sky News. Ben was based in Johannesburg for Sky from 2000-2005 and worked all over Africa, as well as across the Middle East, Asia and Europe. In 1999 he produced Sky’s RTS Award winning coverage of Kosovo, and was their Producer in Baghdad for the US led invasion in 2003. In 2004 he obtained the only British TV interview with President Robert Mugabe this century. At Channel 4 News he has helped win over a dozen RTS awards, a BAFTA and 4 Amnesty International Awards for television. Ben has been on the Board of the Rory Peck Trust since 2009.

“The Trust is a vital organization to help those who want to find out the truth, but who don’t have the protection and support of a big organization. Freelancers cover the stories we can’t or don’t – but often should. The Rory Peck Trust supports them and there is no other organization out there doing this work.”

Andrea Diez de Sollano

Director of Philanthropy, UWC Atlantic College

“As an RPT Trustee, I hope to help broaden its global network of supporters, so it becomes a long-lasting initiative for future generations of freelancers.”

“I am a firm believer in the freedom of information and having worked in the international arena for more than thirteen years has made me value the importance of reliable information and supporting those who go out to seek it.”

Andrea joins us with thirteen years of experience in Philanthropy and International Relations. She is a senior member of the Kew Foundation, the second fastest growing charity in the UK. She is now responsible for broadening RBG, Kew’s global high-net worth relationships, developing and implementing the fundraising strategy for Europe and Latin America, with a special focus in Mexico and Brazil.

Andrea’s past experience includes working for the British Mexican Society, the Mexican Embassy in London and the Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry. She is an International Relations postgraduate from the London School of Economics, and speaks fluent Spanish, French and English.

Giles Duley

Freelance photographer, writer and story-teller

“Giles joined the Board of Trustees in early 2017.”

“Photography is a particularly solitary profession and as freelancers we are used to working alone. When you are injured doing that work, it can be even more isolating. That’s where RPT steps in, and I know from personal experience, it’s not just the financial support: it’s the chats on the phone, the follow-ups to make sure you are OK. When I needed support RPT reminded me I was not alone.”

Giles Duley, Hon FRPS, worked as a successful fashion and music photographer for ten years. However, having become disillusioned with celebrity culture, he then abandoned photography and left London to work as a full-time carer. In this role he rediscovered his craft and its power to tell the stories of those without a voice. He returned to photography in 2000, personally funding trips to document the work of NGOs and the stories of those affected by conflict across the world. In 2011, Giles lost both legs and his left arm after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan whilst photographing those caught up in the conflict. He was told he would never walk again and that his career was over. Characteristically stubborn, Giles told his doctors “I’m still a photographer”, and returned to work less than 18 months later.

Giles went back to Afghanistan in 2012 to complete his original assignment. His return was the feature of the award-winning Channel 4 documentary, Walking Wounded: Return to the Frontline. Numerous papers and magazines have since featured his work, and he has talked about his experiences on television, radio and at several international and national events. In 2013 Giles won the May Chidiac Award for Bravery in Journalism and the AIB Founders Award for Outstanding Achievement, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. He is also a trustee of the Italian NGO Emergency and ambassador for Sir Bobby Charlton’s landmine charity Find A Better Way.

Ciara O’Sullivan

Head of Media Relations, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

“As a Trustee I hope that I can bring my broad experience to help amplify the voices of those the Rory Peck Trust has helped.”

“I’ve had an interest in the Trust’s work since my early days working in the BBC News press office, where I used to publicise the Firing Line programme featuring the annual finalists of the Rory Peck Awards. I watched admiringly as freelancers were seen taking risks to tell important stories in some of the hardest places to work on earth, and it made me appreciate how much they need to have somewhere with their interests at heart when things don’t go well. As a Trustee I hope that I can bring my broad experience to help amplify the voices of those the Rory Peck Trust has helped”.

Ciara joined the Board as a Trustee in January 2015. She brings with her over 14 years of experience in international communications. She currently works as the Head of Media Relations for the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew where she is tasked with raising awareness of the value of plants and botanical science globally.

She was previously the Media Manager at the development charity VSO and a Communications Consultant for The World Bank, in Washington DC. After working as Acting Head of PR at BBC World Television for a time she also spend the period between 2003-2007 working as a freelance journalist based in Brazil. She currently sits on the board of the Irish VIVA Aid charity, which supports veterinary aid and training in developing countries.

Siobhan Sinnerton

Commissioning Editor for News and Current Affairs, Channel 4

“As a film-maker I know how quickly situations or just downright luck can change.”

Before joining Channel 4, Siobhan spent 4 years at the award-winning Quicksilver Productions in Oxford. Two of those were as Series Editor on Unreported World and as an Executive producer on Dispatches and First Cut. Previously Siobhan worked at ITV/Granada making a wide range of documentaries and current affairs programmes. In 2012, Siobhan took a secondment from Channel 4 to make ‘Walking Wounded: Return to the Frontline’ a documentary about British freelance photographer Giles Duley who lost 3 limbs when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan. She believes that Giles’ experience demonstrates how, more than ever, the community of journalists and film-makers need to look after freelancers reporting from difficult places. Siobhan became a Board member in 2010.

“I am a passionate believer in the Trust’s core functions: emergency assistance for, and safety training of freelancers. As a film-maker I know how quickly situations or just downright luck can change. When I’ve been in dangerous places I’ve nearly always been on assignment, and had someone at the end of a phone to step in when things go wrong, I’ve had insurance, medical evacuation cover, and all the things that make a terrible situation more bearable. But so many freelance newsgatherers don’t have that person at the end of phone. It’s left to their families or friends to try to work out what to do. As a commissioning editor I believe passionately in the importance of training, particularly first aid training for people going into hostile environments.”

Evan Williams

Independent Reporter and Producer

“Through my own work I have experienced first hand the importance of freelancers across the world.”

“In my 25 years covering international TV News and Current Affairs I have worked many times with freelance camera people and journalists in some of the toughest parts of the world. Twelve years ago I moved to London and started freelancing myself, working for Channel 4 and others, and setting up my own production company.

Through the courts of all this work I have experienced first hand the importance of freelance work and the needs of freelancers across the world. Through this I have learnt the extraordinary and unique role the Rory Peck Trust plays in helping the vital work of freelancers, many of whom are in dangerous and vulnerable situations due to their commitment to telling the truth.”

Evan Williams has been a print, radio and television journalist for more than 20 years, most recently specialising in TV current affairs programmes and documentaries on a wide variety of international investigations.

He currently works as an independent reporter and producer. His work has featured on a number of major news programmes, including Channel 4’s Unreported World and PBS, and he has reported from many of the world’s most dangerous environments (Egypt, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Burma). He previously worked as one of two Senior Staff Reporters with the Australian ABC’s ‘Foreign Correspondent’ programme, and between 1992-1997 was Australian ABC’s Southeast Asia correspondent.

Evan has been a finalist for several Australian Walkley Awards, won commendations for TV interviewing and won several New York Festival TV Awards.

Alex Crawford, OBE

Special Correspondent, Sky News

“The Trust does tremendous work highlighting the role of freelancers, and helping them when it’s difficult to get media organisations to take responsibility.”

Alex is based in South Africa. She reports across the continent and is deployed to big stories around the world. Formerly based in Sky’s Dubai bureau, Alex has reported on the Gulf and the Middle East, most recently covering the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Libya. Her work has been recognised by the Foreign Press Association in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. She has been cited in the Bayeux War Correspondents Awards for her reports from hostile environments every year since 2007. She is a four-times winner of the Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year Award. Alex is married and has four children.

“Wherever I have reported, from places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, the Middle East and the ‘Arab Spring world’, I have been indebted to the army of freelancers and casual workers who have toiled alongside me in the most difficult and challenging of situations. They’ve helped me, engineered access for me, organised interviews with the people who count, got me out of the brown stuff, been fantastically brave and been an incredible inspiration all round. Somehow they have tolerated me and educated me to boot – usually for very little financial gain and at tremendous potential cost to their lives, families and well-being. I look at some of the journalism produced by Rory Peck members and others presented at the RP awards which I watch every year and I leave feeling knocked-out by the bravery, the tenacity, the determination and the sheer skill and talent of some of these individuals and teams.”

Lyse Doucet

Presenter and Chief International Correspondent, BBC

“…an organisation that, in a big way, tells freelance journalists you are not on your own. None of us should forget what it’s like to be a freelancer.”

Lyse has been reporting for the BBC for nearly 30 years, with posts in Abidjan, Kabul, Islamabad, Tehran, Amman and Jerusalem. In 1999 she joined the BBC’s team of presenters but most of her time is spent going back to regions where she lived, and also discovering new ones. Lyse often presents from the field for BBC World News, and the BBC World Service’s flagship Newshour programme, as well as the News Channel. She works as a correspondent, reporting across the BBC’s global and domestic TV and radio outlets. She also writes for BBC online and posts – judiciously! – on Twitter and Facebook. Lyse feels at home in many places but is still Canadian. She was educated in Canada, at Queen’s University, and the University of Toronto, and has been awarded several honorary doctorates as well as major journalism awards.

“Who could ever forget Rory Peck? And who can forget what it’s like to be a freelancer? I first met Rory when I moved to Pakistan in 1988 to work as a freelancer for the BBC, and others. Rory’s curiosity and courage to pursue the compelling stories of the Afghan war drew many to him. Many journalists share his drive and determination to tell the stories of our time that must be told. Many are freelancers who work with constant risk and uncertainty. They need our support – when they are in the field in pursuit of stories that matter, and when they are in difficulty or danger. That’s why I support the Rory Peck Trust. It’s a small way to pay tribute to a colleague and friend whose determination to be where it mattered cost him dearly. And it links me to an organisation that, in a big way, tells freelance journalists you are not on your own. None of us should forget what it’s like to be a freelancer.”

Lindsey Hilsum

Presenter and Chief International Correspondent, BBC

“Nowadays, freelancers are under more pressure than ever. I have always admired how the Trust provides support to them, and celebrates their work with the awards.”

Lindsey Hilsum was based in Kenya as a freelance at one time and has been a supporter of the Rory Peck Trust for many years. She has covered the major wars and refugee movements of the past three decades, including Syria, Ukraine, and Afghanistan. She has also reported extensively on the Arab Spring in Egypt and Libya, from Iran and Zimbabwe, and was Channel 4 News China Correspondent from 2006 to 2008. She is the author of Sandstorm; Libya in the Time of Revolution and has been Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year. She has also won the Charles Wheeler Award, the James Cameron Award and recognition from the One World Media and Amnesty International. Before becoming a journalist, she was an aid worker, first in Latin America and then in Africa. She is currently writing a biography of the war correspondent Marie Colvin.

“I used to be a freelance so I know what it’s like to screw your courage to the sticking place and ring up an editor – and then do it again when you’re turned down. Nowadays, freelancers are under more pressure than ever, both financially and in terms of safety. I have always admired how Rory Peck Trust provides practical support to freelances, and celebrates them with the annual awards.”

Raj Parker

Barrister, Matrix Chambers

“Without it independent free journalism would be significantly poorer. I am proud to be an Associate of the Trust.”

Raj is also a solicitor advocate, mediator, arbitrator and a Crown Court Recorder, a Director and Trustee of the RCJ Advice Bureau and International Justice Mission (UK). Raj was a Trustee of The Rory Peck Trust from 2002 – 2011. As a result of his ongoing commitment, the Trust continues to benefit from pro-bono legal support when necessary.

“I am pleased to have been involved with the Trust for more than 20 years. My connection dates back to Rory Peck himself who was the elder brother of my best man Colin. As a commercial lawyer who specialises in contentious work and crisis management for large corporations in many industry sectors, I know how difficult some parts of the world are and how unpredictable they can be. The Rory Peck Trust does extraordinary work to support freelance newsgatherers and their families. Without it independent free journalism would be significantly poorer. I am proud to be an Associate of the Trust.”

James Peck

Director Corporate Functions, Badenoch & Clark

“Now more than ever, I understand the importance of the Trust’s work as the environment for freelance journalists becomes more and more dangerous.”

James is a head hunter in Geneva, Switzerland where he has lived since 2004. As the eldest son of Rory, he has been attending the Rory Peck Awards since the beginning in 1995 and has seen the Trust grow and change with the times. He is proud to be representing the Peck family and maintaining the strong links that have been formed since his stepmother Juliet started the charity. James is looking forward to doing whatever is needed to raise awareness of the Trust and promote its work.

James Mates

Europe Editor, ITV News

“…I am hugely proud to support the work it does – work that no other charity is doing – and believe it must only get stronger as the demand, sadly, increases.”

James Mates began his career as an editorial trainee ITN, and has held various roles, including diplomatic editor and Washington and Moscow Correspondent. James’s assignments have covered the refugee crisis in Yugoslavia, the NATO invasion of Kosovo, Yeltsin’s attempt to put down the uprising in Chechnya and the Arab Spring uprisings and Rwanda, where he reported on the Central African Republic’s genocidal civil war. As the only television journalist left in the capital Kigali in 1994, James watched the city fall to the rebel army of the Rwandan Patriotic Front. In 2001 James played a key role in ITV news coverage of the September 11 attacks, reporting from New York and Washington. Together with his ITN/C4 News colleague Alex Thomson, James has been instrumental helping to generate significant funding support from the media for the Trust’s work.

“I got to know Rory and Juliet Peck well when we all lived in Moscow in the early ’90’s. Our children are the same age and used to romp together for hours on the floor of the wonderful Peck ‘dacha’ on the outskirts of the city. I’ve been involved with the RPT for some years now, and I am hugely proud to support the work it does – work that no other charity is doing – and believe it must only get stronger as the demand, sadly, increases. The RPT continues to be a magnificent tribute to two very special people.”

David Verdi

Senior Vice President, Worldwide Newsgathering, NBC News

“We, at NBC News, are proud and honoured to support the Trust, these journalists and their families around the world.”

David Verdi joined NBC News in 1990 as a producer on “Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.” He served as Assistant News Director from 1992 to 1993, and Executive News Director from 1993 to 2005. David has 33 years of experience and is the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for the 2011 Best Video Newscast, “Iraq, The Long Way Out”, NBC News live coverage of the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. David has championed the Trust for many years, and his support led to NBC becoming the first broadcaster to make a long-term financial commitment to support the Trust.

“A free press, exposing injustice, brutality and private and governmental corruption, is essential in protecting the rights of individuals and societies around the world. Freelance journalists, at their own peril, are often at the forefront of this reporting. The Rory Peck Trust’s support of these freelancers and their families is vital to enabling this type of journalism. Without such support, truth and justice would be the casualties. When NBC News lost our freelance soundman outside of Fallujah Iraq in 2003, the Rory Peck Trust provided financial and emotional support to his family. We, at NBC News, are proud and honoured to support the Trust, these journalists and their families around the world.”

Adrian Wells

Managing Director, ENEX

“…who is there to help them when things go wrong? For nearly 20 years the answer to that question has been the Rory Peck Trust.”

Before joining ENEX, Adrian spent his career working for both BBC and Sky News. Previously he was Launch Director of Sky News Arabia, Head of Foreign News at Sky and has held various positions at BBC News, including World Assignments Editor and Middle East Bureau Chief. Adrian joined the Board of RPT Trustees in 2004 and was Chairman of the Trust from 2009 – 2011. During this time he encouraged the Trust to re-engage with its core community of supporters, both freelance and media and stepped up efforts for new sources of funding.

“Anyone working in international news knows that a good local fixer, driver, cameraman or journalist is the key to getting a good piece of journalism on the air or published. Freelancers, whether locally based or intrepid newsgatherers from abroad, are very often the first to a story. They break news without the support structures of big broadcasters, safety officers and 24 hour news desks to help them. But who is there to help them when things go wrong? For nearly 20 years the answer to that question has been the Rory Peck Trust. I’ve worked with the Trust for much of my professional life and am proud of the work they do. Often the most valuable contributions are behind the scenes and away from the headlines or awards ceremony. It’s vital that everyone in the industry continues to support the RPT.”

Tira Shubart

Freelance Producer and Writer

“Rory’s bravery and ability to be in the right places was more than matched by his charm and generosity of spirit.”

Tira first met Rory Peck in Bucharest during the Romanian Revolution in 1989.

Tira has worked as a news and documentary producer for British, Canadian and American television networks, and for Frontline News Television, covering stories in over 50 countries: the Iran-Iraq War, Nicaragua and the Contra War, the Soviet Coup of ’91, Iran War 1991, the Balkans, Yemen, Jordan, post-2003 Kurdistan, Somalia. Recently, Tira has worked extensively in East Africa. She co-authored the book “Lifting the Veil: Life in Revolutionary Iran” and has written for the UK and US press. Tira also wrote and produced a BBC comedy series about journalists,”Taking the Flak”. Tira has been on the Board of The Rory Peck Trust since 2000.

“Within a few hours of first meeting Rory, we were caught in several street battles, had commandeered the car of a fleeing Securitate officer after we fed our video to London, and then watched the National Library burn to the ground. By the end of that memorable week, Rory seemed to know everyone in Bucharest and all doors opened for him. Rory’s bravery and ability to be in the right places was more than matched by his charm and generosity of spirit. His career ended in Moscow in 2003, leaving a large Rory-shaped hole in our lives.”

Leanne Dmyterko

Senior Communications, Marketing and Events Manager

Originally from Canada, Leanne joined the Rory Peck Team after nine and a half years at One World Media, where she served as Deputy Director, leading on events and communications and working closely with the Director on fundraising, financial management and strategy. In her spare time, she is also Co-Director and Curator of the Gustav Metzger Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to stimulating social change through art. She has worked in the charity, arts and public sectors in the UK and abroad, including at the Canadian Space Agency, Camden Arts Centre and International Institute for Environment and Development. She has a BA in Anthropology with a specialisation in Journalism and Professional Writing from the University of Victoria, and an MA in Art History with a focus on globalisation from UCL in London.

Olivia Wilks

Syracuse University Communications and Awards Intern

Olivia is a third year undergraduate student majoring in Human Development and Family Studies at Syracuse University in upstate New York. She is currently based at Syracuse’s satellite London campus while gaining international work experience at the Trust.

Clothilde Redfern


As Director of the Rory Peck Trust, Clothilde is responsible for raising the profile of the Trust in the UK and internationally, building relationships to bolster our programmes and widen our reach. She works closely with the Board of Trustees and Advisory Committee to ensure freelance journalists are supported to work safely and professionally and can call on us should they need assistance in a crisis. Clothilde started her career in France working for the International Herald Tribune in Paris. After a year in Sydney working for Marie Claire Magazine, she moved to London in 2005 and joined the Media Trust’s production team, making documentaries for the Together Channel – of which she is now a proud shareholder. She then spent four years at Channel 4 working in the Documentaries department. Prior to joining the Rory Peck Trust she was the Director of One World Media, a non-profit organisation supporting journalists and filmmakers to report from developing countries. She has been a member of the advisory board for the Department of Media at Brunel University and currently sits on the Board of the ACOS Alliance.

Lauren Sproule

Digital Communications Officer

Lauren is new to the world of non-profit after working as a freelance multimedia journalist back home in Canada, as well as in London. She has been a reporter for rural newspapers and most recently a freelance associate producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Some of her written work has appeared in Canadian national publications The Globe and Mail and Broadview Magazine. In her spare time, she also works as a freelance television and event producer. Lauren has a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre with a minor in Creative Writing from York University and a Master’s of Journalism from Carleton University.

Lisya Yafet

Training Fund Manager

Lisya manages all requests to our training fund and produces our safety surgeries around the world. Her recent work focuses on supporting journalists and media makers internationally, through providing funding, training and mentoring. She has worked with the Barbican Centre, Open City Documentary Festival and DocumentarIst Istanbul Documentary Days, among others, as a programmer and coordinator. She also currently manages One World Media’s new talent projects, including their Fellowships, International Reporting Workshops and the Global Short Docs Forum. She has experience in commercial video production, and her latest short films are touring festivals worldwide. She has an MA in Film Studies, and a background in Political Science.