Iain Overton is the Director of Policy and Investigations at AOAV. He oversees the research, advocacy and policy work that AOAV carries out.
Prior to joining AOAV in 2013, Iain Overton worked as a journalist, notably for the BBC, ITN and latterly as editor of the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He has also worked with the Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Spectator and New Statesman aand The Financial Times.
For his journalism, Iain has been awarded two Amnesty Media Awards, a Peabody, a BAFTA Scotland, a One World Award and three RTS nominations. He had a particular focus on human rights reporting.
He has been witness to the devastating impact of armed violence on numerous occasions and has made documentaries under fire in Somalia, Iraq, Colombia and the Solomon Islands, to name a few.
He is a guest lecturer in investigative journalism and holds an MPhil and BA from Cambridge University. He has spoken at the Oxford Union, the United Nations, Harvard, Cambridge, LSE and Chatham House, amongst others.
Overton’s website on the impact of gun violence can be viewed here: www.gunbabygun.com
His book GUN BABY GUN is due to be published by Canongate in the UK in April 2015. Sales in other territories, such as the US, Canada and Norway, will happen through the year.