Bill Hayton

Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme


Bill Hayton was appointed an Associate Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House in 2015 and has worked as a journalist with BBC News since 1998.

He was the BBC’s reporter in Vietnam in 2006/7 and spent a year seconded to the state broadcaster in Myanmar in 2013/14 working on media development.

He focuses on the South China Sea disputes and current affairs in Southeast Asia. He has briefed government departments, officials and companies in the UK, the USA, Europe and Asia and written for numerous media outlets on these subjects.

He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Past experience

1998 - present Journalist, BBC News
2013-14 Media reform consultant embedded with Myanmar state broadcaster
2006-07 Vietnam reporter, BBC News