About Knight Ayton Management

Knight Ayton Management has a long established reputation, representing the country's leading broadcasters in factual television for over thirty five years. In news and current affairs and across the areas of history, science, business, consumer issues and lifestyle. Our clients include respected and legendary broadcasters Moira StuartMichael BuerkJon SnowAngela RipponJennie Bond, Dame Jenni Murray and Joan BakewellSian Williams, after many years presenting Breakfast and major news programmes at the BBC is the main anchor at Channel 5 News. She is also a Doctor of Counselling Psychology, having spent a decade in training, including a Masters, with Distinction.

Samira Ahmed presents BBC Radio Four’s flagship arts series Front Row and the Art of Persia series on BBC Four, Nina Hossain presents ITV's lunchtime news and is one of the lead presenters of ITV’s flagship nightly programme, News at Ten, Cathy Newman presents the multi award winning, Channel Four News and Louise Minchin presented BBC One's flagship morning news programme, BBC Breakfast for 20 years until summer 2021.

Knight Ayton clients chair conferences, seminars and events and host award ceremonies. Many are accomplished after-dinner speakers.

We are able to offer recommendations for any occasion and budget as we are personal agents to all our clients, we have expert knowledge of who would be best suited to a particular event.

We represent news and current affairs journalists as well as expert factual presenters across a broad spectrum of business, the arts, history and sciences - historians Dominic SandbrookProfessor Peter Frankopan, Professor Suzannah LipscombProfessor Kate WilliamsGreg Jenner and journalist Sathnam Sanghera present major programmes and series on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, ITV and Channel 4. Architecture and design is covered by architect Piers Taylor presenting major series on BBC Two and architectural historian Tom Dyckhoff.

We strongly support science and medical, alongside Angela Rippon’s notable BBC One documentaries How To Stay Young and The Truth About Dementia, GP Dr Helen Lawal co-presents Food Unwrapped and How To Lose Weight Well, both on Channel 4. Dr Helen presented a special Dispatches programme at the start of the Pandemic, Dr Saleyha Ahsan presented three Dispatches programmes about her experiences working within the NHS during the Pandemic. GP Dr Ellie Cannon and Emerging Infections specialist Professor Tom Solomon continue to take part in regular interviews on major programmes updating on development.

The depth and range of our pool of business talent is second to none.

Martin Lewis has his own dedicated top-rated series The Martin Lewis Money Show on ITV alongside regular appearances on Good Morning Britain, This Morning and BBC Radio 5 Live together with his huge online following.

Our business and financial journalists and broadcasters include ABI Financial Journalist of the Year Adam Shaw.  Adam regularly presents ITV’s flagship current affairs series Tonight, BBC Panorama and previously, the acclaimed BBC World business series, Horizons. On Radio 4, Adam is a regular presenter of Moneybox.

Journalist Harry Wallop presents current affairs Dispatches for Channel 4 and has a regular slot on The Gadget Show. Angela Rippon and Julia Somerville present the hugely successful BBC One consumer series, Rip Off Britain which now spans Rip Off Live, Rip Off Travel and Alice Beer is ITV This Morning’s Consumer Editor.

Tim Harford is an economist, journalist and broadcaster. He is the author of "The Undercover Economist Strikes Back" and the million-selling "The Undercover Economist", a senior columnist at the Financial Times, and the presenter of Radio 4's long running and critically acclaimed "More or Less", the Radio 4 series How To Vaccinate the World and the BBC World Service series “Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy.”

Jon Snow has won the Royal Television Society Presenter of the Year three times and received the honour of a BAFTA Fellowship in 2015. Alex Thomson was named RTS Journalist of the Year in 2012 and Tim Sebastian has previously won the Richard Dimbleby BAFTA together with two RTS Journalist of the Year awards and Interviewer of the Year award. Michael Crick has won four Royal Television Society awards including Specialist Journalist of the Year in 2013 and 2017 and the prestigious Charles Wheeler Award in 2018.

Knight Ayton represents broadcasters on all major radio networks including Moira Stuart on Classic FM, Jane Garvey is the host of a major new interview show on Radio 4 together with the very successful podcast Fortunately. She became a regular columnist for Radio Times in summer 2021 and presents the newly launched Radio Times podcast. Samira Ahmed presents flagship Radio 4 arts show Front Row, Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's The Last Word. Camilla Tominey has a weekly show on LBC and Cathy Newman presents Drive on Times Radio on a Friday. Clare Teal presents a weekly show on Jazz FM.

Our presenters anchor a wide variety of podcasts, Alongside Jane Garvey’s Fortunately podcast, Greg Jenner’s You’re Dead to Me is one of BBC Sounds’ most successful. Kate Gerbeau presents the award nominated The Case Files series for Slater & Gordon, Mary Ann Ochota presents This Study Shows for Wiley and James King presents Vue Cinema’s Get Lost in Great Film. Suzannah Lipscomb presents Not Just the Tudors and Peter Frankopan presents I’ve Been Thinking..Both have topped the category podcast charts. Marverine Cole has presented podcasts for BBC Good Food magazine and Dame Jenni Murray has presented a podcast series for the educational organisation Teach First.



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The Team


Sue Ayton & Sue Knight
Sue Ayton & Sue Knight
Helen Purvis
Helen Purvis

After starting her career in television production Helen has now been an agent at Knight Ayton for more than ten years and was appointed Partner in 2019. She works across all areas of the company and with both established and emerging talent. Helen also heads up our Podcast department.

Nick Hulme

Nick joined Knight Ayton in January 2014. He became an agent in 2016 and then Senior Agent in 2019. He handles both broadcast and corporate work. Nick manages some of our busiest high profile clients.

Freddy Sternberg

Freddy joined Knight Ayton in September 2015 and is now a Senior Agent. He focuses predominantly on corporate work for Knight Ayton clients, from the first enquiry to the event date and all the important details in between.

Paul Hanrahan, Business Affairs

Paul is an innovative and impactful senior executive with 15+ years in the UK factual broadcasting sector. He has had operational responsibility for the day-to-day management of several factual production companies and in those roles Paul was integral to the creative, strategic and commercial direction of those businesses.
At Knight Ayton Management, Paul works with the Partners and Agents on all aspects of the business and commercial affairs.

Natasha Mayers
Natasha Mayers, Head of Accounts

Natasha has been with Knight Ayton since 2009 and has more than ten years of experience working in finance.