NNC welcomes two new public directors

The National NewsMedia Council (NNC) is excited to welcome two new public directors who were elected by members at the organization’s annual general meeting held late last month. 

Alexandra Brown, a retired lawyer, joins the NNC after spending more than 35 years practicing tax litigation at national firms and in the federal public service. 

During her career, Brown was actively involved in mentoring and supporting continuing education in the legal profession. She has also consistently volunteered in her community, including serving as a director for a number of charitable boards, many devoted to supporting the mental and physical health of youth and seniors. 

“I look forward to working with the distinguished Canadians on the Council as, together, we pursue its important mission,” she said. 

Since retiring from practice, she has served on the Judicial Advisory Committee for the Tax Court of Canada. 

Anthony Hylton joins the Council after spending more than 30 years working in the Ontario Public Service. In addition to working in various ministries as a human resources consultant, he also admirably served four Lieutenant Governors of Ontario – including 10 years as chief of staff and private secretary. 

In his role with the Lieutenant Governor, he has commissioned art exhibitions, organized community roundtables, and other events to assist in the understanding of the province’s people and to celebrate historic milestones. 

“As a lifelong public servant, I know firsthand the power, responsibility, and trust afforded our institutions that form the foundation of our social contract,” he said. “I was humbled to accept an invitation to join the NNC where I could contribute my experience, gained through many years working in an apolitical and non-partisan environment, to play a part in the unbiased adjudications process integral to maintain public confidence in media.”

Hylton holds a Bachelor of Arts (psychology) from York University. In 2022 he was invested as a Lieutenant in the Royal Victorian Order. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. 

In welcoming Brown and Hylton to the Council, the NNC also wishes to thank two departing directors who have provided years of dedicated service to the organization. 

Departing their formal role with the organization are public directors Miller Ayre and Cheryl Palmer. 

Ayre most recently served as the NNC’s vice-chair for Eastern Canada. Prior to joining the NNC, Ayre was the former publisher of the St. John’s Telegram and chair of the Atlantic Press Council. He was one of the NNC’s founding directors upon the organization’s inception in 2015. 

Palmer, who joined the NNC in 2017, recently retired from her role as rector of Toronto’s Christ Church, Deer Park. Earlier this year, she was made an Anglican archdeacon in the Diocese of Toronto to assist the bishop in a variety of administrative responsibilities.  

The NNC thanks Ayre and Palmer for their years of dedication to upholding journalistic standards and fostering engaged news citizens.