In a journalistic style, a noun phrase used in this way, identifying a following proper noun, is sometimes used without an article. It would not be appropriate in more formal writing.
Chair John Fox says it is business as usual ... (Ripon Gazette, 31/10/2019)
( "Chair" is never used as a title, so this must be a description).
Deputy assistant commissioner for the Met, Laurence Taylor, said ... (Harrogate Advertiser, 31/10/2019)
Note that this is different from the omission of articles in headlines, because it requires that the phrase be used to explain or identify somebody or something named. Without the name, it can be used in headlines:
Chair of committee says that ...
but would not be used in that way in the body of an article.
Not all newspapers use this format: I couldn't find an example in today's The Guardian or The Mirror, only in these local papers.