Ian Mayes is a British journalist and editor. He was the first "readers' editor" – a title he invented for the newspaper ombudsman role — of The Guardian, from November 1997 to March 2007, and was president of the international Organization of News Ombudsmen from May 2005 to May 2007, serving as a board member since May 2002 after joining in April 2001.
His first ten years at The Guardian included launching The Guardian Weekend magazine and daily G2 section with current editor Alan Rusbridger, and time as deputy features editor, arts editor and obituaries editor. He is currently writing the third volume of the official history of The Guardian.
He is credited with the discovery of the "apostrofly", "an insect which lands at random on the printed page depositing an apostrophe wherever it alights". He has also been honoured by the creation in 2008 of the The Ian Mayes Award for Writing Wrongs.Journalism Right and Wrong: Ethical and Other Issues Raised by Readers in the "Guardian's" Open Door Column (Guardian Books, February 2007), ISBN 978-0-00-719667-8
Only Correct, The Best of Corrections and Clarifications (Guardian Books, 2005), ISBN 978-1-84354-465-4
Corrections and Clarifications 2002 (Atlantic Books, 2002), ISBN 978-1-84354-173-8
Corrections and Clarifications (Fourth Estate, 2000), ISBN 978-1-84115-608-8, and (Guardian Books, 2000), ISBN 978-1-84115-603-3