Who's who

Details of the NUJ extra trustees.

NUJ extra's administrator is Leyla Yusuf. Leyla can be contacted at:

Headland House,
72 Acton Street,

or on 020 7843 3738 or by email: [email protected]

Chris Wheal
  • Chair
  • NUJ extra

Chris is a freelance journalist and trainer who has been a member of the NUJ since he started work in 1987. He runs his own business, Wheal Associates, producing magazines, providing consultancy, writing articles and managing editorial teams.

He has edited three trade magazines and three websites, written for national newspapers and consumer magazines and has won awards for his journalism. He was chair of the NUJ's Members in Need Fund and steered through the creation of NUJ extra.

“I first got involved with the charities after our car accident more than 20 years ago. At that time, the NUJ Members in Need Fund had literally just started and was in no position to help people like us. My wife was unable to work for a long period, I was only injured for three weeks (broken hand).

"But I worked half the week and lived in London alone for that time then spent half a week at my parents, mainly in hospital with my wife. My mum and sister looked after our son. The NUJ's charities didn't have the money to help me at the time. I was determined to fund raise to help it help journalists in the future.

"After fundraising I became a trustee, then chair of trustees and then I oversaw the merger to create a single NUJ charity to help members, former members and dependants."

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John Brophy
  • Trustee | NUJ Extra

Member since 1972. First ADM was Wexford 1974. Treasurer Irish Press chapel (186 members) and Secretary Dublin Branch (500+ members).

Delegate to Dublin Council of Trade Unions. Subsequently secretary Dublin Freelance Branch. I was for many years on the Standing Orders Committee and later on the National Executive Council. I also lectured in journalism at Dublin Institute of Technology. Best time was when I proposed at ADM setting up the system of Welfare Officers.

And I've been known to play clarinet on May Day parades.

Tim Dawson
  • Trustee | NUJ Extra

Tim Dawson has reported for newspapers, magazines and television. He was a section editor at The Sunday Times, for which he wrote for 20 years, as well as creating training materials, making films and writing books. He has been a member of the NUJ’s National Executive for many years, chairs the union’s Freelance Industrial Council and is a former union president. He represents the NUJ on the NCTJ’s Accreditation Board and convenes the International Federation of Journalists working group on the surveillance of journalists.  


Francis Sedgemore
  • Vice-chair
  • NUJ extra

Originally from New Zealand, Francis, a former research physicist, is today a science and policy journalist and communications consultant based in the East of England. Since the early‐noughties Francis has been active at all levels of the union from branch to industrial and other advisory councils, and is an accredited union negotiator.

Francis is currently chair of the NUJ's Freelance Industrial Council. He became an NUJ Extra trustee in order to serve union members in urgent need of financial support.

Francis has a thorough understanding of welfare and workplace issues, and knowledge of the moral and legal responsibilities of charity trustees acquired through previous voluntary work in the sustainable transport and local arts communities.

John Barsby
  • Trustee
  • NUJ extra

John Barsby, an NUJ Member of Honour and former union president, is the NUJ's Hon General Treasurer and a Trustee of NUJ Extra.

John is one of the longest serving members of the National Executive and a former chair of the Finance Committee and Broadcasting Industrial Council.

With a long career in the BBC, John has represented and helped many union members facing both industrial and personal problems.

He says:

"It's so important and also rewarding to be able to assist those of our colleagues and their dependants when they need help and can turn to NUJ Extra."

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Debbie Cavaldoro
  • Trustee
  • NUJ extra

Debbie has a long history of working with both Trade Unions and Communications. Before taking up her current role developing the strategy and campaigning arm of Nautilus, she worked extensively on the Nautilus Telegraph.

Prior to joining Nautilus in 2011, she has worked in various PR roles including for central government, a football club and the NUJ.

She has received various awards over the years for both journalism and campaigning, including the TUC Communications Awards, Transport Journalist of the year, European Association Awards and European Excellence Awards and UK Association Awards.

Chris Frost
  • Trustee
  • NUJ extra

Chris is emeritus professor of Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University where he was head of department for many years. He has been a journalist, editor and journalism educator for more than 45 years working mainly in newspapers before his move into the academy.

He was made a member of honour of the union this year and he sits on the National Executive Committee of the National Union of Journalists and has been chair of the union's Ethics Council for many years.

He is a former President of the National Union of Journalists, a former chair of the Association for Journalism Education and a former member of the UK Press Council.

He has written several books about Journalism: Journalism Ethics and Regulation (now in its fourth edition); Designing for Newspapers and Magazines (now in a second edition); Reporting for Journalists (now in its second edition); and Media Ethics and Self‐Regulation as well as many book chapters and papers on journalism ethics and regulation. He is in the process of writing a new monograph: Privacy and the News Media for Routledge.

As well as publishing academic papers he writes articles on journalism ethics, regulation and law. He gave written and oral evidence to the Leveson Inquiry for the NUJ, has given oral and written evidence to a number of parliamentary select committees and has spoken at conferences or worked as a consultant in much of Eastern Europe, India, Asia and Africa and is a visiting professor at UiTM in Malaysia.

He says that he enjoys being an NUJ Extra trustee as helping those in need is the union’s most important duty.

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Michelle Stanistreet
  • Trustees
  • NUJ extra

Michelle is the elected General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists (UK and Ireland). Michelle worked as a journalist for ten years at the Sunday Express newspaper as feature writer and books editor.

Michelle was NUJ mother of the chapel at Express Newspapers, as well as the national representative for newspapers and agencies on the NUJ’s ruling NEC. In 2006, she was elected vice president of the NUJ and in 2007‐8 served as the union's President.

Michelle became the first woman in the NUJ's history to be elected as General Secretary in April 2011 and the first woman Deputy General Secretary elected in 2008. Michelle has been a Trustee of NUJ Extra for 11 years.