Iain Overton

Director of Policy and Investigations

Email: ioverton@aoav.org.uk

Biography

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 daily blog on the impact of armed violence can be viewed here: http://www.anatomyofviolence.co.uk/

For press inquiries, please contact Iain Overton on 07984 645 145.