The BAJ Team


Matthew MyattGeneral Secretary

Matthew is an instinctive and natural photographer with a reporter’s nose for a good story, with over 20 years experience in the industry. He is a fearless interviewer, who does not duck asking awkward questions and is always ready with a follow-up. Passionate about human rights, mental health, autism awareness, politics, and law; his work has made a valuable contribution to many publications and causes. Skilled in picture editing, ENG and streaming live from breaking stories, Matthew takes a particular interest in encouraging transparency in local and regional government and isn’t afraid of posing challenging and incisive questions to local and national politicians.

Annette RaitzSolicitor/Deputy General Secretary

Annette qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and was in private practice until 1994. She has been a copyright consultant for BAJ since 1995 and more recently has developed her expertise in employment law.  She has helped many BAJ members over the years in claims for compensation for passing off, infringement of copyright in photographs, books, and articles.  In employment law, Annette assists BAJ members faced with discrimination, redundancy, and unfair treatment, with the support of the employment law barristers at Outer Temple Chambers in London.

Jon Bamborough - NEC

Jon BamboroughNEC Chairman

Jon was one of the first group of members of the BAJ. He has had a varied career in Catering and Politics interspaced with periods as National Press Officer, freelance work and more recently as Editor of a staff magazine for the DWP. Jon is a regional manager for Musicians Against Homelessness, fronted by Alan McGee from Creation Records. MAH organises concerts and festivals around the UK to help raise funds and awareness for National Homeless charity Crisis. Jon also runs the Blackpool Music Festival, a four-day free festival featuring over 200 bands across 25 venues on the Fylde Coast.


Andy JacksonNEC

Andy is Director of Publishing and Communications for the Methodist Church. He started his career on the Reading Chronicle, and after gaining his NCTJ Diploma, worked on religious magazines and newspapers, followed by business and consumer titles for Inside Communications (part of Trinity Mirror) and Hawker Publications, in both full-time and freelance roles. Andy also worked as a website editor for Christian Aid, then as its Digital Content Manager and finally as Managing Editor before the position was disestablished in a restructuring move. Andy joined the BAJ in 1996.

Janet Shields

Janet Shields – NEC

Janet was elected to the position of BAJ General Secretary until a period of ill health made the role difficult to maintain, and reluctantly stood down from the role in February 2017. She has since been co-opted to serve on the NEC to help recruit and represent members in the North of England. Based in Cumbria, her location is ideal for her new role which will expand the reach for personal contact with members. Janet joined the BAJ in 1992.

Mark HayballNEC

Mark has had a varied career in media, politics, broadcasting and acting. As a former Senior Press Officer to politicians, he learnt the trade at the sharp end of the industry. With Broadcasting, he worked on ‘The City Speaks’ which was a multiplatform project and collaboration between BBC Radio drama and Film London. One of the BBC’s first experiments in the emerging world of visual radio that was being pioneered by the BBC in 2008. On ITV, he has appeared on News at Ten for an International Affairs Presentation. Mark joined the BAJ in 2009.