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Vanessa Baffoe

Vanessa is a Journalist and Presenter at Sky News. She presents across all the channel’s programmes and platforms throughout the day as well as hosting Sky’s Daily Podcast.

Vanessa is an experienced journalist who started her career in newspapers as a Business Reporter before making the move into television and radio.

She has been at the forefront of some of the biggest news stories, including coverage of the pandemic, which saw her working throughout all phases of the lockdown, the war in Ukraine, the US elections, the Wagner Group rebellion in Russia and breaking the news of the conflict in Sudan.

She is a quick-thinker and able to make split-second decisions – essential qualities for her role as a News Presenter operating in a live environment, handling breaking news and covering a wide range of topics – from politics to business, sports and entertainment.

Before joining Sky News, Vanessa worked as a Presenter and Reporter for BBC News, covering the East of England and London, as well as filing exclusive investigative reports for BBC Breakfast, BBC News Channel, BBC Radio 4 and 5 Live.

Vanessa’s broadcasting career has seen her living and working around the country working for some of the UK’s major broadcasters.

Her early broadcasting career started at ITV News, working at ITV News Anglia in the East of England and at ITV Tyne Tees in the North of England, where she worked as a Producer, as well as reporting alongside. She was one of the key members of the Presenting and Journalism team to launch London Live television.

In print media, Vanessa has published articles, including exclusives, in The Independent and London Evening Standard newspapers.

As well as presenting in the studio and on location, Vanessa also hosts and moderates a variety of events including International Women’s Day and Black History Month for all of Sky’s platforms, and the national annual Diversity in Journalism report commissioned by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), looking at the characteristics of journalists and newsrooms across the UK.

Felicity Hannah

Felicity Hannah is a highly experienced, multi award-winning journalist, specialising in personal finance, consumer affairs and business. She regularly presents several BBC radio programmes, including Money Box, Money Box Live, Wake Up To Money and You and Yours. She recently co-hosted the Big Green Money Show with Deborah Meaden. On top of those, Felicity is a regular business news presenter for Radio 4’s Today programme.

She has made several investigative documentaries, including 3 episodes of Radio 4’s File On 4, and also the enormously successful recent series of the BBC podcast Understand: The Economy.

Felicity is regularly featured as an expert on other programmes, including Rip Off Britain, ITV’s Lorraine and BBC Breakfast.

Over her career, Felicity has written for The Times and Sunday Times, The Mirror, The Guardian and The Independent, demonstrating an ability to change her tone and style to suit numerous different audiences.

Felicity won ‘Broadcast Journalist of the Year’ three times in a row at the Headlinemoney Awards and each time the judges praised her warmth and engaging manner. To date, she has secured 10 journalism awards, six of those for her broadcast work.

Adam Shaw

Adam Shaw is a multi-award-winning journalist and one of the most recognisable faces of business journalism on television.

He is known for his style of bringing a critical but engaging and imaginative approach to business journalism.

He regularly presents ITV’s Tonight programme – Britain’s most watched current affairs series.

Adam’s awards include:
Broadcaster of the Year – Plain English Campaign
Best Broadcast Journalist of the Year – Association of Investment Companies
Financial Broadcaster of the Year – Association of British Insurers
Personality of the Year – Proshare
Best Business Coverage – Institute of Financial Accountants

He has also presented and reported on:

Magic Consultants (Radio 4) Adam wrote and presented a 5-part series taking a look behind the curtain of the consultancy industry.
Times Radio regular contributor on personal finance
Panorama (BBC 1) Adam has presented many editions, investigating some of the biggest business and economics issues facing the UK
The Today Programme – Business Presenter (Radio 4) Adam interviewed most of the FTSE CEOs and some of the world’s most powerful business leaders.
Money Box Live (Radio 4) Adam was a regular presenter of the flagship Radio 4 money programme.
Steph’s Packed Lunch (Channel 4) Adam was a popular contributor on personal finance.
Working Lunch (BBC 2) Adam was one of the key faces of the hit daily finance programme.
The Internet of Things (CNBC) An investigation into how digital innovation is reshaping industries around the world.
Horizons (BBC World News TV) Adam presented several series of popular show on the impact of new technologies, interviewing some of the world’s most powerful and richest people – from Bill Ford to Bill Gates.
In Business (Radio 4) Adam has presented several editions, covering topics such as forecasting.
Wake Up To Money (Radio 5)
Business Breakfast (BBC 1)
Woodland Walks (Podcast) Adam interviews celebrities whilst they discover some breathtaking woods around the UK.

Adam has written for a number of newspapers including The Independent, Mail on Sunday and The Metro

Adam has written and co-authored a number of books:
• Political Rhubarb
• Money and How to Make More of It
• Managing Credit
• Investing Basics

Liam Halligan

Liam Halligan is an economist, author, and broadcaster – and also has extensive business experience. Since 2003, he has written his multiple award-winning weekly “Economics Agenda” column in The Sunday Telegraph – which enjoys a large domestic and international following and has been recognised with a British Press Award, the highest prize in UK print journalism. He also created and co-presents the Telegraph’s hugely-popular weekly “Planet Normal” podcast – which regularly appears in the Apple news podcast top-10 global rankings.

Liam’s latest book – Home Truths: The UK’s Chronic Housing Shortage – How it Happened, Why it Matters and How to Solve it – was published in 2019 to rave reviews. The Times described the book as “vivid and lucid, a brilliantly written gem” while the Guardian called it “splendid”. The housing charity Shelter said Home Truths was “full of eloquence and moral clarity – a call to arms for politicians and campaigners of all parties and none”. Andrew Neil said the book was “a must-read across Westminster, Whitehall and beyond” describing Liam as “a one-off – a card-carrying economist, with high-level political access, who can explain complex issues in readable, vivid prose”.
Along with his roles at The Telegraph and GB News, Liam also writes regularly for The Spectator and The Sun and has appeared countless times on flagship BBC shows – including Question Time, Any Questions and Today, as well as on Sky News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and many others.

He previously featured three times a week on CNN-Talk – analysing global political and economic news live, for a worldwide television audience.

Earlier in his career, Liam was based in Moscow – where he wrote an influential column in The Moscow Times, while covering Russia and the Former Soviet Union for The Economist and The Economist Intelligence Unit. He was then appointed as Political Correspondent for The Financial Times (based in Parliament) and then spent almost a decade leading the Economics and Business coverage for Channel 4 News.

He has since continued to research, write and present hard-hitting Dispatches documentaries for Channel 4 – and has won the Wincott Business Broadcast Award a record four times, as well being twice recognised as the World Leadership Forum Business Broadcaster of the Year.
Liam is a very experienced public speaker – who combines widely recognised expertise with personality and humour. He has given keynote addresses to numerous high-level audiences, both in person, after-dinner and on-line, headlining events run by Thomson Reuters, Euromoney, the CFA Institute, Deutsche Bank, Adam Smith Conferences, and the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.

He has also hosted an array of conferences, often on complex economic and financial issues, for clients ranging from the Association of British Insurers, The Financial Conduct Authority, Eversheds, Caterforce Suppliers, Microsoft, the Telegraph Festival of Business and the OECD’s flagship 50th Anniversary Forum.

As a leading economics journalist and recognised policy expert, Liam has been called to testify in front of numerous committees of both the House of Common and the House of Lords – on subjects ranging from housing to the UK’s “digital divide”.

But his range of experience and expertise, as both a speaker and convener, extends beyond economic and business themes, to include political, diplomatic, and geo-strategic issues too, relating to the UK, Europe and beyond. He has a particularly deep knowledge of the post-Communist world, emerging markets more broadly and global energy markets.
Liam holds a first-class BSc. (Econ) degree from the University of Warwick and an MPhil (Econ) from St Antony’s College, Oxford University. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Social Market Foundation, a Westminster-based think-tank, and also The Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, an ESRC-funded research body based in the University of Warwick’s Economics Department.

A citizen of both the UK and the Republic of Ireland, he is listed in Who’s Who, De Bretts and the Dictionary of International Biography.

Liam Halligan is the best economics journalist of his generation – his writing is always vivid and lucid”.
Lord Nigel Lawson, former Chancellor

What Liam Halligan doesn’t know about the UK economy or Brexit isn’t worth knowing“.
Iain Dale, LBC presenter

Halligan is an economist I hugely respect and whose work I follow closely”.
Lord David Owen, Former SDP Leader and Independent Peer

Tim Harford OBE

Tim Harford is an economist, award-winning journalist and speaker, TV and radio personality, and bestselling author. His books, most famously The Undercover Economist, have been translated into 30 languages and have sold nearly one million copies worldwide, hitting the bestseller lists not only in the US, UK and Canada but in translation from Spain to South Korea.

Tim is well-known as the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s More or Less (named by The Times as its favourite Politics & Economics podcast) and the global hit series 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy on BBC World Service and Radio 4. The podcast version has topped the iTunes charts and has been called “superbly informative” by the Sunday Times. Tim also presented the weekly Radio 4 series How to Vaccinate the World which followed the race to roll out an effective vaccination against Covid-19 and most recently the 10-part series Understand: The Economy for Radio 4 and BBC Sounds. He also presents the popular podcast Cautionary Tales.

Although Tim is a serious economist – after a career spanning Shell, the World Bank and tutoring at Oxford University, he is now a visiting fellow at Nuffield college, Oxford – his unique talent lies in the humorous touch he brings to his subject. His weekly Financial Times columns have attracted a cult following.

As we all as The Undercover Economist Tim is the author of nine other books including Adapt, Messy, 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy, The Next 50 Things, How to Make the World Add Up and the childrens’ book The Truth Detective.

Tim has also been published in Slate, Esquire, Forbes, New York Magazine, Parade, Wired, the Washington Post, The Times (London), and the New York Times. He won the 2006 Bastiat Prize for economic journalism in 2006 and 2016, the Wincott journalist of the year award in 2020, and has been made an honorary fellow pf the Royal Statistical Society. A regular commentator on TV and radio shows on both sides of the Atlantic, Tim fronted the BBC 2 television series Trust Me. I’m an Economist.

Tim was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to improving economic understanding.

He lives in Oxford with his wife and three children.

Lord Bernard Hogan-Howe

Lord Bernard Hogan-Howe was the most senior police officer in the UK. He led the Metropolitan Police, an organisation of nearly 50,000 people with a budget of £3.2 billion. He was directly accountable to the Home Secretary, supervised by parliamentary committees and had national responsibilities, which included leading counter terrorism policing throughout the UK and protecting the Royal Family and senior members of the government both at home and abroad.

He has used his expertise to report for Dispatches on Channel 4. In 2018, he presented Dispatches – Cannabis: Time to End the Ban? In the programme, Bernard travelled to Colorado, to see if the UK police should follow in Colorado’s footsteps and legalise cannabis. This programme lead to Bernard’s calling for the UK government to establish an expert commission to examine the evidence provided by the programme.
In 2019, he presented Dispatches – Britain’s Knife Crime Crisis: Young, Armed and Dangerous, which investigated Britain’s knife crime crisis. In the programme, Bernard came face to face with a masked gang member carrying a blade.

Bernard’s career has been characterised by high achievement, having successfully delivered numerous strategic objectives and efficiency improvements while holding weighty appointments with substantial responsibilities. He has a wealth of experience in creating cultural change, developing and implementing new strategies to transform corporate identities. He has built his success on the simple strategy of Total Policing. This involves a war on crime and care for victims.

As Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and Chief Constable of Merseyside he delivered significant reductions in crime during his 5 years tenure. In London 20% and Merseyside 36%. In both regions he reduced the murder rates, in London by 25%. In London despite a loss of £600 million of budget he uniquely maintained police officer numbers while the rest of England and Wales lost 20,000 police.

When he took command of the Metropolian Police, the capital city of 8.4 million people was in a state of shock caused by the large scale riots of 2011. The organisation itself was in crisis having lost half the Management Board. Despite these challenges and with a limited timescale of only a few months he planned and delivered a safe city, a safe Olympics and saved £600 million.

During the next five years, the national threat level was set at ‘severe’ and attacks occurred throughout Europe, however only one terrorist attack got through during his command. He has continued to build the UK police and Security Service partnership, which is recognised as the best in the world with its profound links to neighbourhood based community policing.

Bernard has extensive experience of policing major public events. These include the successful 2012 Olympics Games, 2008 Liverpool European City of Culture, State Visits, The State Opening of Parliament, many major sporting events and multiple large scale public political protests on the streets of London.

Bernard was made a life peer in October 2017 and has since taken up his role as a crossbencher in the House of Lords.

Bernard enjoys horse riding and all equestrian activities. He has a passion for football, playing five a side and supporting Sheffield Wednesday. In addition he has a love of opera.

Martin Lewis

Martin Lewis CBE, the Money Saving Expert, is a campaigning broadcast journalist who founded and Chairs MoneySavingExpert.com, by far the UK’s biggest consumer website – over 8m people receive his weekly email. He has completed 11 series of his eponymous, now live, prime-time ITV show, his podcast is one of the BBC’s most listened to, he is a regular presenter of Good Morning Britain, and resident expert on This Morning.

In profile pieces, the FT called him “the most successful journalist in the world, ever”, the Guardian “the most trusted man in Britain” and the Economist said he “has a good claim to be the most influential man in British politics” and Google once named him the most searched for British Man.

Over the years he’s spearheaded major financial justice campaigns including £1bn of bank charges reclaiming back, £10bn of PPI reclaiming back and got financial education on the national curriculum. He was a key voice in the pandemic to improve and communicate state support schemes, and got major policies shifts on energy and mortgages amidst the cost of living crisis.
In 2016 he founded and funded the influential Money and Mental Health Policy Institute charity, which he still chairs.

Awards include:
– CBE (2022) for broadcasting and consumer rights, OBE (2014) for consumer rights and charity.
– National Television Awards, inaugural and still only Best Expert (2022) winner, Top Presenter nominee (2023)
– Beacon Philanthropy Fellowship ‘Trailblazer’ award
– New Statesman Positive Impact in Society Award (2022)

Adam Boulton

Adam Boulton is a pioneering broadcaster and veteran political journalist.

He currently presents Times Radio’s flagship Sunday morning programme as well as stints presenting Drive as well as the Worldview podcast for Englesberg Ideas. He is a weekly columnist for Sky News online and Reaction Life, as well as being a political commentator on the BBC, LBC, i newspaper, Talk TV and numerous international outlets. Adam also speaks to and moderates at conferences and private meetings, most recently at the FII Future Investment Forum and the LEAP Tech Event.

Adam’s insatiable appetite for breaking news, ability to think on his feet and innate analytical skills have seen him host countless hours of live television including rolling Election Coverage from the UK, US, Ireland, France and Germany.

Adam was the founding Political Editor of Sky News. Over more than three decades at the network he reported from every continent with a wide-ranging brief, encompassing everything from politics to popular culture. Programmes he presented included the eponymous weekly show, and post-Brexit, the daily All Out Politics programme and podcast. In 2010 Adam was instrumental in brokering a deal with David Cameron, Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg to stage the ground-breaking General Election Leaders Debates, so far the only UK election cycle in which they have taken place. He moderated the second debate in Bristol, the most watched Sky News programme to date.

In at the beginning of two start-ups, Sky in 1989 and TVam in 1983, Adam redefined political news coverage in the UK, harnessing developing technology to introduce on-location reportage, reaction and analysis in real time. Unique at the time, this is now the industry standard. Never shy to speak his mind, Adam’s celebrated on-air spat with Alastair Campbell in the aftermath of the 2010 election is still one of the most memorable moments of that campaign. Adam was a popular choice as winner of the Royal Television Society’s supreme Judges’ Award.

Adam has the distinction of having interviewed every UK Prime Minister from Sir Alec Douglas Home to Rishi Sunak. He has covered all major developments in US politics since the Reagan years, from the USA-USSR Summits through to correctly ‘calling’ the election of President Joseph R Biden live on Sky News. He was in Washington DC again covering the second impeachment of Donald J Trump.

Adam served as Chairman of the Parliamentary Lobby, the elite band of senior political journalists in Westminster, he continues to hold a lobby ticket.

His books include Tony’s Ten Years: Memories of the Blair Administration, an acclaimed account of the Blair government, and the equally well received Hung Together: The 2010 Election and the Coalition Government. He was the political columnist for The Sunday Times for seven years and now writes for a number of leading newspapers and periodicals.

Much in demand as a public speaker, Adam has delivered keynote lectures for multi-national businesses, economic forums, universities, and media companies. A series of interviews he gave recently on the changing face of the British media has sparked a national debate that shows no sign of abating.

Although best known for his political programmes, Adam has a wide spectrum of interests and is both well informed and witty on a range of subjects. He was a long-serving governor of King’s College London and Sevenoaks School. His TV portfolio includes appearances on such diverse shows as Have I Got News for You, Newsnight, Celebrity Mastermind and Christmas University Challenge. He is proactive on social media, with over 220,000 followers on Twitter.

Geoff Cutmore

Geoff Cutmore is an internationally recognised face of Business and Finance news. He Anchored CNBC’s flagship daily Squawkbox programme in Asia and Europe for nearly 30 years.

He has a calm, but persistent interviewing style which once caused Russia’s President Putin to describe him as a ’scary man’ on the key panel at the St Petersburg International Forum. He has moderated at this event for a number of years and while working in Russia conducted a world first & exclusive conversation with oligarch and English football club owner, Alisha Usmanov.

Geoff has moderated the prestigious Global Economic Outlook panel, and others, whilst anchoring at the WEF forum in Davos for more than 20 years. He also regularly chaired panels at other WEF events in China and Turkey.

He last moderated 2 WEF panels in May ’23 at the Geneva Jobs Summit. The two panels were: 1. Global Economic Outlook: What Next for Globalisation? 2. Bounce Back Better: Boosting Risk Foresight and Resilience.

He has an abiding interest in Asia after working in Hong Kong for nearly a decade. Annually attending the Boao Forum in Hainan Island and the China Development Forum in Beijing. As well as hosting CNBC’s East Tech West Forum in Guangzhou.

He also fronted CNBC’s Questions for the Future series for many years – a show sponsored by Shell and with a live audience debate on the energy transition hosted from destinations all around the world. And hosted and presented at the COP15 in Denmark.

Geoff regularly anchored and moderated at the annual IMF/World Bank Autumn meeting in Washington DC. He hosted fireside interviews with the Head of the IMF and World Bank.

He has interviewed every President of the European Central Bank, the last 3 Governors of the Bank of England, US Treasury Secretaries, Russian Prime Ministers, Chancellors, and many Finance Ministers in Europe.

He regularly interviewed the CEOs & CFOs of the world’s blue chip companies, and the CIOs/strategists/asset allocators of the world’s biggest banks/insurance companies/fund managers.

Where fame meets money – interviewed Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Ernie Els, Daryl Hannah etc

Reported from and filmed in most European cities, also, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Dalian, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Hainan, Bangkok, Seoul, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Saigon & Hanoi, Singapore, Hong Kong, Lima, New York Stock Exchange, Washington DC, Delhi, Mumbai, Perth, Greenland, Sakhalin, Iceland, Doha, Dubai, and Bahrain.

Geoff has also moderated and spoken at events for: Lombard Odier, Erste Bank, UBS, Credit Suisse, Threadneedle, Henderson Global Investors, City of London Corporation, FSN Capital Partners, YPO Global Leadership Summit, The Atlantic Council, Institute of International Finance, GE Wind Energy, among many others.

Geoff has made regular appearances on MSNBC in the US to explain European business stories to a wider audience. He has also appeared on Sky News.

He wrote New Market Mavericks (2004) to positive reviews. And has written for Investors Chronicle, The Nation, Money Market & Motorcycle News.

Libby Potter

Libby Potter is an experienced reporter with 10 years work on television and radio. Most recently she presented the BBC’s flagship business show, The Money Programme, on BBC Two and a spin-off three-parter on the Credit Crunch entitled Money Watch.

Libby’s career began reviewing the US Box Office for BBC News 24 from their New York bureau. She then moved to the seminal entertainment show ‘Liquid News’ on BBC Three. After Liquid, Libby became one of the two faces of cult celebrity stock market show ‘Celebdaq’. Other roles included presenting BBC Three News and ’60 Seconds’ and hosting a behind the scenes show about BBC spy series ‘Spooks’.

As a business and consumer affairs specialist, she fronted two presenter-led documentaries for BBC Three’s ‘Outrageous Fortunes’ series, reporting from Japan, Hawaii, Dubai, South Africa, and the US.

Libby has presented an online series for City Index, Trading Academy and recently hosted a number of panels at Retail Week Live.

Daisy McAndrew

Daisy is a freelance radio and TV presenter, reporter and writer. She has 30 years’ experience reporting on UK politics, economics and business as well as the British Royal Family.

Daisy currently presents multiple shows on talktv including The Talk and 1st Edition. She helped launch talkTV in April 2022 by hosting her own prime time news and current affairs show at 10pm. Since September 2022 she has presented the Drive Time show and the 7-8pm show as well her regular shows. She is a well known face on American TV screens as NBC News’ Royal Commentator.

Daisy has had senior reporting roles at BBC and ITV News including Chief Political Correspondent, Economics Editor and Special Correspondent.

She has presented the BBC’s Daily Politics, multiple shows on TalkRadio, was the host of the O2 Business Show on LBC, Radio 4’s The World Tonight, had her own drive time show Driving Miss Daisy on LBC Radio, had a daily election show for London Live TV, hosted Channel 4’s Powerhouse, the BBC’s Heaven and Earth Show, ITV’s Moral of the Story as well as presenting ITV Lunchtime News and the BBC’s Weekend News.

Daisy has also guested on Have I Got News for You?, The Wright Stuff, The Jeremy Vine Show, Loose Women and Despatch Box amongst others and has been a familiar face on ITV’s This Morning, Good Morning Britain and Euronews.

She is a regular paper reviewer on the BBC’s News Channel and Radio 4’s Broadcasting House.

Before moving into broadcasting in 2001 she spent a decade working in Westminster, starting off as a 19-year-old MP’s researcher before writing for many newspapers from the Press Gallery, profiling MPs in The House Magazine – which she ultimately edited – as well as working for Lib Dem Leader Charles Kennedy as his Press Secretary. She was a consultant on the BBC’s A-Z of Politics and edited The Politics Companion, published by Chrysalis books.

Zoë Chowney

Splitting her time between London and Madrid, Zoë is a qualified accountant and experienced technology entrepreneur.

She currently runs Bacano.io and is non-executive director to a number of other technology companies. Zoë began her career with Allianz and AIG, before founding several internet ventures; one being a digital media agency that, following an IPO process, she sold to WPP and completed a 4 year earn-out. As European Managing Director of Kenshoo, (an Israeli technology company backed by Sequoia Capital, Arts Alliance and Bain Capital Ventures), Zoë set-up their European operations and took them to market leadership.

Zoë co-founded The Asset Works (an asset leasing industry technology company) and took them through a funding round with facilities management giant OCS. She won numerous major international clients, including Volkswagen Financial Services and BNP Paribas.

Following these ventures, she founded and has run a corporate R&D tax consultancy, Taxrelief.biz, for the past 7 years, before also founding Bacano.io (a fintech platform designed to automate the R&D tax claim process, which has been shortlisted for Innovative StartUp of the Year in the 2023 StartUp Awards).

Zoë has been included on the Women in FinTech Powerlist 2022.

Tim Sebastian

Tim Sebastian is the host and chairman of Conflict Zone, Deutsche Welle’s hard-hitting, flagship political talk show.

Prior to this, Tim chaired The New Arab Debates, also broadcasted and distributed worldwide on Deutsche Welle TV between 2011 and 2015.

The award-winning former BBC foreign correspondent was the first presenter of HARDtalk, BBC World’s daily half-hour interview programme, where he worked for more than seven years.

Tim was the founder and chairman of The Doha Debates which were broadcasted across the globe on BBC World News from 2004 until 2012. The programmes, recorded in the Gulf state Qatar, provided a unique, uncensored forum for discussing the most controversial issues in the Arab and Islamic worlds.

In 2012 he presented the Outsider Debates, recorded in India and screened on Bloomberg TV.

in 1982, Tim was the winner of the “Richard Dimbleby Award” at BAFTA and was also named “Television Journalist of the Year” by the Royal Television Society.

For two years running, in 2000 and 2001, he received the Royal Television Society’s “Interviewer of the Year” Award.

Her began his career as a foreign correspondent in Warsaw, covering the Solidarity revolution, before becoming the BBC’s Europe Correspondent in 1982 and Moscow Correspondent in 1984.
A year later he was expelled by the Soviet authorities and sent to Washington until 1989.

Born in London in 1952, Tim speaks Russian and German fluently and also holds a BA Honours degree in modern languages from Oxford University.

A best-selling author, he has written eight novels and two non-fiction books.

In 2015 he was elected a Fellow Commoner at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge to serve during the academic year 2015-16.

Tim has written widely for newspapers including the Mail on Sunday, The Sunday Times and the New York Times.

He also chairs conferences and seminars. He has a wealth of experience hosting events and award ceremonies, both at home and abroad.