Congratulations to Birmingham Law School Alumnus David Newell who was appointed an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2017 for services to the newspaper and publishing industries.

David is the NMA chief executive. He became Director of the Newspaper Society, regional newspaper trade association, in 1997 and additionally Director of the Newspaper Publishers Association, national newspaper trade association, in 2007. David oversaw the two organisations merge in 2014 to create the NMA and provide a united voice for the news media industry. David sits on industry boards including the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, Advertising Standards Board of Finance, Advertising Association, and News Media Europe. He is a solicitor and previously was an academic at the University of Leicester and a legal advisor. He is the author of a number of books and articles on Employment Law and Law for Journalists and has received awards for his representational work for the news media industry.