BAJ General Secretary Steve Turner started out in journalism as a reporter on the Romford Times in Essex, moving to the nearby Ilford Recorder before going to the Bristol Evening World.
He then took over a freelance agency in Romford and covered the Essex area for all national newspapers for the next six years.
In 1968, he sold the agency and became a news sub-editor on the Ipswich Evening Star. A year later, Steve joined the Daily Mail news subs table in London. In 1971, he crossed Fleet Street to the Daily Mirror as a features sub.
In 1973 Steve became Public Opinion Editor of the Mirror and was its NUJ Father of the Chapel (FOC) [the senior shop steward of the office branch] from 1976-78 and 1986-90. He left in 1990 to become the elected General Secretary of the NUJ.
Ousted from the NUJ by extremists in 1991, he started the BAJ with colleagues from Mirror Group Newspapers on 20th May, 1992. He has been elected BAJ General Secretary ever since.
Steve was also an Independent Councillor on Colchester Borough Council from 1967-68.
Crawford McAfee is an original member of the association and a veteran
sub-editor with more than 40 years' service on national newspapers
in Glasgow, Manchester and Fleet Street, including 28 years on the
He is semi-retired
after a resounding victory and maximum damages in an unfair dismissal
action against the Mail on Sunday ...'won mainly because of the
support of the BAJ', he insists.
Bob Bayliss is proud to be BAJ member No. 1. His career began in 1968 at the Stretford and Urmston Journal, part of the Bolton Evening News Group, as trainee reporter, becoming Deputy Editor four years later.
Bob moved to the Sunday Mirror Manchester as Art Sub-Editor in 1977 and was elected Father of Chapel (FOC) in 1979. He was promoted to Technical Editor and then to Northern Production Editor in 1983.
Bob transferred to London in 1985 and was promoted to Deputy Art Director on the Sunday Mirror. He was elected Deputy FOC, a post he held until unlawful dismissal in September 1997.
Thanks to the BAJ, Bob settled out of court and is now retired.
Tony Stenson began working life as a professional footballer with Southampton FC. He then joined the now defunct Lewisham Borough News at the age of 20 as a news reporter, switching later to sport.
He moved to the Kentish
Times, became Sports Editor of the South London Press and worked
for Goal Magazine and TV Times before joining the Daily Mirror as
a sportswriter in 1975.
Tony was on the Mirror for 28 years until taking voluntary redundancy in 2003. He is now working at Express Newspapers.
As a journalist with more than 25 years' experience in local, regional and national newspapers, including freelancing and a spell in radio and television, Andrew believes he can make a useful contribution to the NEC.
He started out on the Salisbury Journal, one of the oldest papers in the country, where he also started his union activity, becoming NUJ FOC.
Later Andrew was FOC at the Sunday Mirror and then Convenor of the Mirror Group Chapels. Andrew left the Sunday Mirror in 1997 after 13 years as a staff journalist, but retains links with the group as a Trustee Director of the Pension Fund.
He now freelances and uses his experience in journalism for the High Court as an Expert Witness in media matters.
Jean Carr has worked as a staff journalist for over 35 years on student, local, regional and national newspapers. She was one of the first Mirror Group Newspapers IPC trainees and worked on their papers in Plymouth, Manchester, Dublin and London.
She was Mother of the Chapel (MOC) on the Sunday Mirror in Manchester and for many years the clerk on the Sunday Mirror Chapel in London. Jean has also been a staff journalist on newspaper magazines including six years as Editor of the Sunday Express magazine; she now works as a Features Editor at IPC Magazines.
A founder member of Women in Journalism, she is also a member of the British Society of Magazine Editors, the Labour Party, the NPF, and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.
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