Annex 1: Who's who
Much of the evidence that we have received is of
a "who said what to whom" nature and, of course, the
question of whether or not the Committee has been misled turns
on who said what to the Committee. This can become quite confusing,
and the following list is intended as a useful point of reference.
- Lawrence Abramson
was a Partner at law firm Harbottle and Lewis in 2007 and took
instructions from Jonathan Chapman on the conduct
of an e-mail review prompted by Clive Goodman's
- Sue Akers is a Deputy
Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Since February
2011, she has been in charge of Operation Weeting, the current
police investigation into allegations of phone-hacking.
- Rebekah Brooks was
formerly Chief Executive Officer of News International. She held
that post from September 2009 until 15 July 2011, when she resigned.
Before that, as Rebekah Wade, she was Editor of
the Sun from 2003 and Editor of the News of the World
from 2000. She gave evidence to the Committee on 11 March 2003
and 19 July 2011.
- Chris Bryant MP was
a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee until
2005. On 10 March 2011, he took part in an adjournment debate
in the House of Commons on the subject of phone-hacking, in which
he accused Acting Deputy Commissioner John Yates
of having misled the Culture, Media and Sport and Home Affairs
- Jonathan Chapman was
formerly Director of Legal Affairs at News International. He oversaw
the e-mail review that was prompted by Clive Goodman's
employment claim and was involved with the pay-out made to Clive
Goodman. He left the company in June 2011. He gave evidence to
the Committee on 6 September 2011.
- Max Clifford is a
publicist who gave evidence to our predecessor Committee on the
subject of privacy and media intrusion on 25 February 2003. In
March 2010, the News of the World settled out-of-court
a case brought against it by Max Clifford for intercepting his
voicemail. After he had lunch with Rebekah Brooks,
the paper agreed to pay Max Clifford's legal fees and an annual
retainer in return for his assistance on stories. The money was
paid in exchange for Clifford giving the News of the World
exclusive stories over the next several years.
- Daniel Cloke was formerly
Group Human Resources Director at News International. He worked
there from September 2003 until November 2010. He joined Vodafone
as HR and Property Director in January 2011. He gave evidence
to the Committee on 6 September 2011.
- Andy Coulson was the
Editor of the News of the World from 2003 until his resignation
in January 2007, following the conviction of Clive Goodman.
He became the Director of Communications for the Conservative
Party in July 2007 and in May 2010 was made Director of Communications
for the Prime Minister, David Cameron. He resigned in January
2011. He gave evidence to the Committee on 11 March 2003
and 21 July 2009. He has declined to provide written evidence
to the Committee in 2011 by reason of there being ongoing police
- Tom Crone was formerly
Legal Manager of News Group Newspapers. He resigned on 13 July
2011 after more than 20 years with the company. He gave evidence
to the Committee on 11 March 2003, 5 May 2009, 21 July 2009 and
6 September 2011.
- Nick Davies is an
investigative journalist, who has worked extensively for the Guardian.
He gave evidence to the Committee on 21 April 2009 and again on
14 July 2009, when he disclosed the 'for Neville'
e-mail, which he had uncovered as part of his work on phone-hacking.
- Milly Dowler was 13
years old when she was murdered on her way home from school in
Walton-on-Thames in March 2002. It emerged in 2011 that her voicemail
had been accessed illegally during the period that she was missing,
causing members of her family to think that she was still alive.
- Ian Edmondson worked
for the News of the World twice. On the second occasion,
he became a member of the editorial team under Andy Coulson,
who took him on in 2004. He was the News Editor before being suspended
and sacked by the Newspaper in January, 2011.
- Clive Goodman was
Royal Editor at the News of the World, taking over the
"Blackadder" column at the paper in March 2005. He was
arrested for the illegal interception of voicemail messages in
2006 and convicted on 26 January 2007, having pleaded guilty.
He was dismissed by the News of the World but lodged an
appeal against his dismissal. The matter was settled in 2007 before
it reached an employment tribunal.
- Christopher Graham became
Information Commissioner in June 2009. He gave evidence to the
Committee on 2 September 2009.
- Ross Hindley, known
at the News of the World as Ross Hall, is a former reporter
for that paper. The 'for Neville' e-mail was sent
- Les Hinton was formerly
the Executive Chairman of News International. On 7 December 2007
he ceased to be Executive Chairman of News International and was
appointed Chief Executive of Dow Jones, which had recently been
acquired by News Corporation. He resigned on 15 July 2011 and
cited the phone-hacking scandal in his resignation. He gave oral
evidence to the Committee on 25 March 2003, 6 March 2007 and 15
- Stuart Kuttner was
formerly Managing Editor at the News of the World. He
gave oral evidence to the Committee on 11 March 2003 and 21
July 2009. He was invited to supply written evidence to the Committee
in 2011, but declined in the context of ongoing police investigations.
- Lord Justice Leveson is
conducting a public inquiry into the regulation of the media prompted
by the phone-hacking scandal.
- Mark Lewis is a partner
at Taylor Hampton Solicitors. When working for George Davies LLP
he acted for Gordon Taylor in securing his settlement
from News Group Newspapers in 2008. He has acted for a number
of other phone-hacking victims. He gave evidence to the Committee
on 2 September 2009 and 19 October 2011.
- Will Lewis was appointed
to the Management and Standards Committee at News International,
charged with gathering information on phone-hacking, in July 2011.
Before that, he had been Group General Manager at the company.
- Lord Macdonald of River Glaven
was Director of Public Prosecutions from 2003 until 2008.
- Greg Miskiw was formerly
News Editor for the News of the World. He left the paper
- Glenn Mulcaire is
a private investigator. In January 2007 he was found guilty of
illegally accessing voicemail messages, having pleaded guilty.
He has used the alias Paul Williams in some of his
dealings with News International.
- James Murdoch is Deputy
Chief Operating Officer and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
(International), News Corporation. He gave evidence to the Committee
on 19 July 2011, and again on 10 November 2011. He stepped down
from the Board of News Group Newspapers in September 2011.
- Rupert Murdoch is
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of News Corporation. He gave
evidence to the Committee on 19 July 2011.
- Colin Myler was Editor
of the News of the World from January 2007 until the paper
closed on 10 July 2011. He arrived shortly after the jailing of
the paper's Royal Editor, Clive Goodman, and the
resignation of Andy Coulson. He gave evidence to
the Committee on 5 May 2009, 21 July 2009 and 6 September 2011.
- Julian Pike is a Partner
at Farrer & Co and was involved, on behalf of News Group Newspapers,
in the settlement with Gordon Taylor made in 2008.
He gave evidence to the Committee on 19 October 2011.
- Michael Silverleaf QC provided
independent advice to News International about the Gordon Taylor
case. He has since provided written evidence to the Committee.
- Keir Starmer is the
current Director of Public Prosecutions.
- Jules Stenson worked
at the News of the World for 15 years and was, for a time,
- Gordon Taylor is a
former professional footballer who became Chief Executive of the
Professional Footballers' Association. In 2008, News Group Newspapers
paid out over £700,000 in an out-of-court settlement with
him when he claimed that his voicemail had been illegally accessed
on behalf of the company. He was represented by Mark Lewis.
- Neville Thurlbeck worked
for the News of the World for 21 years and was the newspaper's
Chief Reporter. He was the intended recipient of the 'for Neville'
e-mail, although he denies having received it. He was dismissed
from the newspaper in 2011 in relation to phone-hacking but has
denied the allegations and is pursuing a claim of unfair dismissal.
He provided written evidence to the Committee.
- Neil Wallis worked
for News International from 1986, serving as Deputy Editor of
the Sun from 1993 to 1998. In 2003, he was Deputy Editor
at the News of the World, becoming Executive Editor in
2007. He left the paper in 2009.
- John Yates, formerly
Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. In 2009,
John Yates conducted a review of the 2006 police investigation
into phone-hacking. He gave evidence to the Committee on 2 September
2009 and again, in response to allegations that he had misled
the Committee, on 24 March 2011. John Yates resigned from the
Metropolitan Police on 18 July 2011.