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Lord Black of Brentwood Announced as Patron of the Rory Peck Trust

Lord Black of Brentwood Announced as Patron of the Rory Peck Trust

Today, the Rory Peck Trust announced the appointment of Lord Black of Brentwood (Guy Black) as its new Patron.  He takes over from Lord Salisbury, who is stepping down after 19 years in the role.

Lord Black brings with him a wealth of experience from his work in newspapers, publishing and politics. He is currently Executive Director of 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.

"I am hugely impressed by the vital work of the Rory Peck Trust in helping so many freelance journalists who are often in desperately difficult situations", said Lord Black. "It deserves to be widely supported across the publishing industry. I am honoured to take part in the work of the Trust as its Patron and look forward to helping in any way I can."

The Trust's Director, Tina Carr said "Lord Salisbury was invaluable in establishing the Trust and we are grateful for all his support. As we move forward, I’m delighted to welcome Lord Black as our new Patron. In the short time he has been involved with the Trust he has already played a hugely significant role, helping us to engage with a new group of potential friends and supporters.  His experience of press and politics, and his passion for freedom of speech will be invaluable to us. I look forward to working with him."

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