Guy Black has spent most of his working life in the media and communications industry. Currently Deputy Chairman at the Telegraph Media Group, which he joined in 2005, he started in the media as Director of the Press Complaints Commission in 1996. This organisation was then based in Salisbury Square, a stone’s throw from St Bride’s, which Guy has been attending ever since. Guy served as Churchwarden at St Bride’s from 2014-17.
Over the last few years Guy has played a leading role in the issues arising from the Leveson Inquiry. As Chairman of the Press Standards Board of Finance, he has been involved in setting up the new industry regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), which is the successor body to the Press Complaints Commission. He is keenly involved in the battle for press freedom at home and abroad. In the UK he has led the industry’s campaign against the Royal Charter on press regulation. Since 2009 he has been Chairman of the Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust, which seeks to preserve and enhance press freedom throughout the Commonwealth. He is Vice President of News Media Europe.
Guy has been closely involved in a number of the industry’s charities. He is President of the Printing Charity, and is leading the Centenary Appeal for the Journalists’ Charity. He is also President of the London Press Club.
Away from the media, Guy is a trustee of the Imperial War Museum, and has been Chairman of the Royal College of Music since 2017. Music has been a lifelong passion, and so Guy particularly appreciates the extraordinary music-making of St Bride’s Choir. He is a Governor of his old school, Brentwood School, and retains strong links with Peterhouse, Cambridge, from which he graduated in history.