Thomas Hughes

Member, WFD Board of Governors

Thomas Hughes was previously the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, an international human rights organisation that defends and promotes freedom of expression and information worldwide.

Before that, he was the Executive Director and founder of Diversity, an international advertising network for online news media in human rights-restricted countries and a co-founder of, a secure hosting service that protects the websites of news media and civil society organisations. Prior to this, he has worked as the Deputy Director of the media development organisation International Media Support (IMS), and has also had roles with the European Commission, United Nations and Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Thomas has been an adviser on human rights to previous UK Foreign Secretaries.