Sat, 11 July, 2020

Deborah Thomas – Chairman

Posted: March 13th, 2017

DEBORAH THOMAS, who was appointed chairman of AMP in June 2017,  got her first journalistic job on the iconic ’60s magazine, Nova, where she eventually became beauty editor. She also worked on the teenage magazine Honey and freelanced for several ad agencies.

She was headhunted by the Daily Mirror’s Felicity Green and worked there under four editors – Lee Howard, Michael Christiansen, Tony Miles and Mike Molloy.

A strong trade unionist since her teens, she met Steve Turner while on the Daily Mirror NUJ Committee and eventually married him. They have a daughter, Rosie.

Since her Mirror days, Deborah has worked in management at Barnardo’s helping to raise large sums of money for the charity.

Jane Reed took her on at Woman’s Own at the end of the seventies. While there Deborah joined the NUJ joint negotiating committee for Reed International.

Steve became Daily Mirror FOC, then NUJ Gen Sec and in 1992, along with colleagues from the Mirror titles, he founded the British Association of Journalists. As time went on Deborah took on more and more BAJ work on a voluntary basis. When Steve fell ill in 2002, at the suggestion of BAJ NEC member Bob Bayliss, Deborah took over full-time for eleven months until Steve was well enough to return.

She continued to work full time (and salaried) for BAJ but they were too small to run a pension scheme. Deborah said: “Now I am retired – having foolishly not paid into any pension scheme for the past twenty odd years – my own small MGN pension and my MGN widow’s pension are absolutely vital.” (Steve Turner died in May, 2016.)

She added: “What can I bring to the AMP Committee? I have a great deal of experience in every aspect of membership matters as well as in management, administration, event organisation, publishing, promotions. Like many of us, I was young in the Swinging Sixties and was going to change the world. In the blink of an eye I am now aged seventy and my ambition is to be of some small use where I can.”

Latest News

  • Goodbye, Vera

    Posted: July 2nd, 2020

    We posted this outstanding example of top-class journalism in June 2020, following the death of forces’ sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn. The caption …

  • Makes it all worthwhile…

    Posted: June 19th, 2020

    IT MEANS a lot when members take the trouble to say thank you to the volunteers at the AMP – and this …

  • Are you missing something?

    Posted: May 30th, 2020

    Did you get yours? For AMP members only – Mirror Pensioner spring 2020, eight-page newsletter, full colour, with:
    Exclusive: news about Reach’s pensions …

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website.