The ASA senior management team is the executive decision-making team responsible for:
- setting the direction for the organisation
- overseeing the management of our core responsibilities and;
- ensuring the delivery of our objectives in line with our standards of service.
The team is led by Chief Executive, Guy Parker.
Guy became Chief Executive of the Advertising Standards Authority, the UK regulator of ads in all media, in 2009. He is responsible for executing the ASA’s strategy to have More Impact Online, including through proactive regulatory project work, the investigation of complaints, enforcement activity, the development of regulatory policy, the provision of CAP advice and training and the system’s communications, marketing, public affairs and research activities.
Guy is also President of the International Council for Advertising Self-Regulation, a Board member of the Fundraising Regulator, a member of the Fundraising Regulator’s Standards Committee, a member of the UK government’s Consumer Protection Partnership Strategic Group and a member of the National Statistics Designation Review Steering Group.
From 2013 to 2016, Guy chaired the European Advertising Standards Alliance, the single authoritative voice on advertising self-regulation comprising national advertising self-regulatory organisations and organisations representing the advertising and media industries in Europe and beyond. He remains a Board and Executive Committee member.
Married with three children, he lives in North London.
Miles joined the ASA in September 2010 and is responsible for leading the complaints and investigations teams, dealing with over 30,000 complaints per year.
Miles’s background is in legal practice and legal regulation. Qualifying as a solicitor in 1998, he worked in commercial legal practice, specialising in general litigation and dispute resolution matters. In 2003, Miles joined the Law Society’s regulatory service where he helped establish a new London-based complaint handling operation and led teams handling complex complaints against solicitors. Between 2009 and 2010 he was seconded to the Law Society’s representative arm, where he was responsible for the development of new risk and compliance services that have improved complaints handling and compliance standards across the legal profession.
As Director of Advertising Policy and Practice, Shahriar oversees the organisation’s Regulatory Policy, Copy Advice and Compliance functions.
As Director for the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP), Shahriar is responsible for the effective running of committee business, which includes updating the UK Advertising Codes and associated guidance. He also oversees the effective running of the various CAP Panels and the independent Advertising Advisory Committee.
Shahriar previously worked at Ofcom. He studied Politics at the University of Kent at Canterbury and Economics at Birkbeck.
Jo became Head of Operations for Complaints and Investigations in December 2013, having previously held a wide range of roles in the organisation.
She has oversight of the day to day effectiveness of the teams that assess and investigate complaints and plays a leading role in the wider corporate activities of the ASA management team. Jo had a Business and Marketing degree from the University of Ulster.
Adam joined the ASA in 2021 and leads the Data Science team, which is responsible for developing AI and Machine Learning solutions to support the regulatory work of the ASA.
Originally from a background in academic research with a PhD in Physics, Adam has lead data science teams in online retail and publishing prior to joining the ASA.
Judith joined the Advertising Standards Authority in 2022 and her role is to ensure that the ASA has the resources needed to deliver the 2019-2023 strategy 'more impact online’. Through leadership of our people strategies, she is responsible for developing and motivating our most valuable asset, our people, and ensuring that the ASA is a diverse and inclusive place to work. She is also responsible for securing sustainable funding and ensuring that IT networks and systems are compliant, effective and support the use of machine learning for efficient, effective regulation.
Judith came to the ASA from Depaul UK where she was Executive Director of Finance, IT and Organisational Performance, having held director level corporate services positions within the third sector since qualifying as a chartered accountant. Prior to this, she studied European Finance and Accounting in Leeds and France and holds a Masters degree in Voluntary Sector Management from Bayes Business School.
Judith and her family live in Kent.
Donna Castle joined the ASA as Director of Communications in May 2022.
Donna is a public relations expert with a specialism in public affairs/lobbying. She has been a Chartered PR Practitioner since November 2015. Donna is an elected member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relation (CIPR) Council and a committee member of the CIPR Public Affairs Group.
Donna has worked in communications for more than two decades. Most recently, Donna was Executive Director of Policy and Communications for PAGB, the consumer healthcare association, which is the self-regulatory body for over-the-counter medicines advertising in the UK – and a member of CAP.
Donna has previously also worked at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Diabetes UK, the British Lung Foundation and two communications agencies.
James became Head of Regulatory Projects and Casework in June 2023, having previously held various Copy Advice and Regulatory Policy roles at the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP). He is responsible for ensuring that the ASA system’s regulatory projects are aligned with its strategy and for ensuring that its casework is of high quality, proportionate and consistent.
Before joining CAP and the ASA, James completed academic and professional legal training before working in legal and public affairs to protect the intellectual property rights of software publishers.