Press office

IPPR has one of the highest media profiles of all thinktanks, with our policy experts appearing regularly on national and international television and radio, as well as in the major print and online media.

In 2012, IPPR staff appeared in over 200 national broadcast media interviews and authored over 400 articles for newspapers, magazines and posts for external blogs.

IPPR operates a 24-hour, 365-days-a-year press office service.



Richard Darlington, Head of News
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Richard Darlington has over a decade of experience of strategic communications. In 2009-2010 he was Special Adviser to Douglas Alexander at the Department for International Development. He also advised Douglas Alexander in his role as Labour's General Election Co-ordinator. Richard served as a Special Adviser to Ruth Kelly at the Department for Education and Skills (2004-2005) and was Senior Press Officer at the Department for Trade and Industry (2001-2002). Outside government, he has worked as Director of Communications for Creative Partnerships at Arts Council England (2007-2008) and as Media and Campaigns Officer at the TUC (2000-2001), Transport and General Workers Union (1999-2000) and National Union of Students (1997-1999). He is now working at IPPR for the third time.


Tim Finch, Director of Communications
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Tim Finch is in overall charge of IPPR's press and broadcast team. Between 2004 and 2008, he was Director of Communications at the Refugee Council, leading the media team there during a period when asylum was constantly in the news. Tim spent 15 years working for the BBC in a variety of different roles. He started in local radio at BBC Radio 3 Counties, worked for BBC Radio 5 Live at its inception, and freelanced for The World Tonight, the BBC General News Service, Today in Parliament and in the main BBC radio newsroom. He was a regional political correspondent based at Westminster (1996-1998), and was founder editor of the new BBC Regional Political Unit in 1998. He worked for the BBC News Channel, where he was Nick Robinson's producer (2000-2001) and was a day editor on the network political news desk from 2001 to 2004.