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Jasmine Takhar

Nottingham-born Jasmine Takhar is the host of BBC Introducing and the Weekend Breakfast show on BBC Asian Network and for music platform ‘Scene Not Heard’.

Jasmine began her radio career at 18 whilst she studied BA (Hons) Media with Creative Industries at Nottingham Trent University. Although this was her first step into the media industry she developed a passion for music long before this. Jasmine grew up listening to various genres of music, collecting Vinyl’s and began playing instruments at the age of 15 as she spent most of her younger years going to festivals and establishing connections at music events.

Growing up with a great knowledge of music helped Jasmine realize her dream of working in radio whilst studying for her degree. During this time, Jasmine began her radio career at Nottingham’s first official Urban station, 97.5 Kemet FM, where she also received a qualification in radio skills and went on to present 5 shows a week (The Afternoon Show 1-4pm).

After graduating, she decided to gain momentum within her radio career by presenting a show on London’s Westside Radio. The station recognised Jasmine’s unique natural talent on the microphone and approached her to present 5 shows a week. At this point, Jasmine was presenting 10 shows a week in 2 different cities, travelling up and down the country in order to try and make her passion into a career.

During her years at Westside, Jasmine pushed her ambition to work within radio a step further by focusing on DJing and working alongside radio personalities in the US, where she had the opportunity to go to 99 Jamz, Miami’s number 1 urban radio station in one of the largest radio markets in the country. As Jasmine’s determination to succeed became more apparent to those around her, she continued to elevate her career by interviewing some of the biggest superstars in the US including Jamie Foxx, Tinashe, Keri Hilson, Bobby Valentino, Joe Torry and UK artists such as Mez, Big Tobz, Moelogo, Shide Boss, Mic Lowry and Lemar.

Shortly after this, Jasmine was approached by the BBC to take on and present a brand new show launching on a national radio station, BBC Asian Network. After successfully presenting ‘The Friday Night Residency’ and covering various other shows across the station in 2017, she was then offered the Weekend Breakfast Show that she is currently presenting. In 2021, Jasmine’s passion for and strong connection to new UK artists was recognised when she was announced as the new host of the ‘BBC Introducing’ show on BBC Asian Network. She received a nomination for radio show of the year for the show from the Music Week Awards 2022.

Jasmine has hosted various events around the country including BBC Introducing at Glastonbury and at R1’s Big Weekend as well as the Nottingham Carnival, Bobby Valentino’s tour, Riverside Festival and Summer Jam, an urban event that took place at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, which held a capacity of 10,000 people.

In recent years, Jasmine has expanded her portfolio of live presenting work by becoming the official host for Trent Rockets at the inaugural ‘The Hundred’ cricket competition. She also made her debut on BBC One during the tournament.

Jasmine also heads up the project ‘Scene Not Heard’. A platform dedicated to providing a voice for unsigned rap, grime and R&B artists from outside of the capital. Founded, created and run by Jasmine, Scene Not Heard has become a significant industry voice through in-depth interviews, freestyles and ciphers.

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.

Gary Rycroft

Gary was born in Morecambe, Lancashire, in 1972. He read Law at the University of Manchester and qualified as a solicitor in 1998. He is the Senior Partner at his law firm based in Lancaster.

He has contributed to the BBC1 consumer affairs programme “Rip Off Britain” since its first series in 2009 and the resident legal expert on the programme and its sister show “Rip Off Holidays” filming both pre-recorded segments and appearing live.

He has appeared as an expert on BBC Breakfast, Money Box, Money Box Live, You & Yours, One to One and PM on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, BBC Radio Wales and many regional radio stations and has hosted phone-ins for This Morning. Gary has written a weekly column in The Lancaster Guardian, syndicated to other regional press. Every month on BBC Radio Lancashire Gary writes and presents an update of topical legal stories and is regular reviewer of newspapers on the Breakfast Show. Gary particular enjoys taking part in live phone ins, answering questions from viewers and listeners on a wide range of legal topics.

Gary is the author of ‘Ask a Lawyer’ a fortnightly column in The Daily Telegraph answering legal queries from readers and is regularly quoted in other national newspapers as a ‘go to’ legal expert.

Nationally, Gary has served on various committees at The Law Society of England & Wales. He was a trustee of the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), an umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care, steering it to merger with Hospice UK. Gary remains involved with the “Dying Matters” which is an integral part of Hospice UK. He is also a trustee of The Silver Line, the 24/7 telephone friendship service founded by Dame Esther Rantzen and which is now part of Age UK.

Gary regularly writes and lectures on legal topics including national conferences for various charities and at The King’s Fund, The Law Society and The Alzheimer’s Show.

Gary is the co-author of a Law Society publication “Charities as Beneficiaries” and has written chapters in various academic books in relation to mental capacity, end of life care and the emerging legal discipline in relation to digital assets, succession and privacy.

Close to home, Gary sat on the board and was latterly chair of The Dukes in Lancaster, an arts centre, independent cinema and the only producing theatre in Lancashire. He is self-taught gardener, who has learnt by many mistakes made over the years.

Click here to see how Gary became the resident legal expert on Rip Off Britain.

Sathnam Sanghera

Sathnam Sanghera was born to Punjabi parents in the West Midlands in 1976. He entered the education system unable to speak English but, after attending Wolverhampton Grammar School, graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge with a first class degree in English Language and Literature. He has been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards twice, for his memoir The Boy With The Topknot and his novel Marriage Material, the former being adapted by BBC Drama in 2017 and named Mind Book of the Year in 2009. His third book, Empireland: How Imperialism Has Been Shaped Modern Britain became an instant Sunday Times bestseller on release in 2021, was named a Book of the Year at the 2022 British Books Awards, and inspired Empire State of Mind, the acclaimed two-part documentary for Channel 4 for which he earned a Best Presenter shortlisting at the 2022 Grierson Awards. It also inspired Stolen History: The Truth about the British Empire and How it Shaped Us, which went to No 1 on several children’s books charts when it was released in 2023. He has won numerous awards for his journalism, including Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2002, Media Commentator of the year in the 2015 Comment Awards and the Edgar Wallace Trophy for Writing of the Highest Quality at the 2017 London Press Club Awards. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2016, and elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of his contribution to historical scholarship in 2023.

Before becoming a writer Sanghera (among other things) worked at a burger chain, a hospital laundry, a market research firm, a sewing factory and a literacy project in New York. Between 1998 and 2006 he was at The Financial Times, where he worked (variously) as a news reporter in the UK and the US, specialised in writing about the media industries, worked across the paper as Chief Feature Writer, and wrote an award-winning weekly business column. Sathnam joined The Times as a columnist and feature writer in 2007 and is a regular contributor on national radio and TV, having appeared on programmes including Have I Got News For You and BBC Front Row Late and presented a range of documentaries, including The Massacre That Shook The Empire on Channel 4, which was shortlisted for best Factual TV show at the 2019 Asian Media Awards, and Empire State of Mind, described by The Daily Telegraph as “necessary”, The Mail on Sunday as “riveting and moving”, and The Sun as “personable, funny, measured and… extremely powerful”.

Sathnam’s first book, The Boy With The Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton, was shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Biography Award, the 2009 PEN/Ackerley Prize and named 2009 Mind Book of the Year. It was adapted for BBC2 by Kudos/Parti Productions, was BBC TWO’s highest-rated single drama of the year, featured Bafta-nominated and EEACTA-winning performances, won a Mipcom Diversify TV Excellence Award, was named Best TV Programme at the 2018 Asian Media Awards and Best Single Drama at the RTS Midlands Awards, and was described by The Radio Times as a “smash hit”. His novel, Marriage Material, has been shortlisted for a 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Award and a 2013 Costa Book Award, been longlisted for the 2014 Desmond Elliot Prize, picked by The Sunday Times, The Observer and Metro as one of the novels of 2013, and cited as one of the Guardian Readers’ Books of the Year in 2014. It is being adapted for the stage by award-winning playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti. Amongst other awards, Empireland was named Non-Fiction Book of the Year in Eastern Eye’s 2022 Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards (ACTAs), longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje and Parliamentary Book Awards. It was also named History Book of the Year by The Independent (“10/10”) and one of the Books of the Year by The Financial Times, The Times, The New Statesman, The Observer, The Daily Express, The Sunday Express and The Week.

Among the other prizes for his journalism, there has been the accolade of Article of the Year in the 2005 Management Today Writing Awards, Newspaper Feature of the Year in the 2005 Workworld Media Awards, and HR Journalist of the Year in the 2006 and 2009 Watson Wyatt Awards for Excellence. He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters for services to journalism by The University of Wolverhampton in September 2009 and a President’s Medal by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2010. He was bestowed with the Pride of Pothohar Award in 2018 for his contribution to the Sikh community, while in 2013 writer Jonathan Coe named him one of “The Men of Next 25 years” in GQ Magazine saying that “whether he’s writing autobiography or fiction, Sathnam is busy carving out his own literary niche – in the multicultural British Midlands – which he explores with incredible grace, generosity and humour”.

The Boy With The Topknot, was originally published by Penguin in hardback as If You Don’t Know Me By Now. Marriage Material is published in the USA by Europa Editions, and Empireland is due for US publication in 2022 by Pantheon. He has been a judge for The Wellcome Book Prize and The Costa Book Awards, was formerly a trustee for mental health charity Rethink and chair of media charity Creative Access, and is a patron for Writing West Midlands. He lives in London.

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

Kofi Smiles

Kofi Smiles is an award winning Journalist and Presenter of BBC Radio Humberside’s Breakfast show.

With a self-proclaimed gift of storytelling, Kofi’s narrative is always interesting, informative and delivered with passion. This passion is infectious and he brings out the best in everyone and everything he touches ‘or your money back’, he says.
Kofi was chosen over 200 people to be the BBC’s Face Of Hull, presenter, reporter and ‘go to’ for the UK City of Culture 2017. He was omnipresent, appearing on BBC Radio 4, BBC 1, BBC News Channel and more. Together with his team he won an O2 Media Awards Digital Journalism Award for the coverage.

Since then he has set up the young people’s platform called ‘BBC No Filter’, a place to give amplify the voices of the voices. Working as host of the radio show of the same name and also a videographer and video editor.

Now you can find him waking up East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire as the host of the BBC Radio Humberside Breakfast show all the while managing time to occasionally host Radio 4’s The Listening Project and Pick of the Week.

Kofi spent his time at the University of Northumbria and period after graduation cultivating and sharpening his skills making videos on YouTube with his friends and team over at CTK Media. They produced niche content focussing on sketches, political satire and the popular vegan pop culture cooking channel, Kofi’s Kitchen. It was a no brainer, allowing him to fuse his love of veganism, cooking, comic books, movies and pop culture in entertaining, informative and engaging videos.

Kofi is a flexible and resilient individual who is able to handle difficult and uncomfortable conversations whilst allowing for moments of levity and humour if conversations need be. He doesn’t shy away from taking on something new and seeing what lessons he can learn, not only from the experience but also to see what he can learn about himself when in unfamiliar water, something he wants to take the audience along with him too.

Storytelling is his life, be it music, film, tv, comics, books, anime, manga Kofi is there bright, shining, full of life and knowledge but more importantly a good time.
Just look at these testimonies from impartial people:
“The best of my 4 children I couldn’t possibly find anything wrong with him! He is my baby!” – Mum
“If you cut Kofi he bleeds fun! It’s just smiles and vibes to the core!” – A Friend who owes him money
“He inspires me to be the best I can be!” Superman
“I think Kofi is who my Uncle Ben was talking about when he spoke about power and responsibility….” – Spider-Man
“Half my songs are about him.” – Kanye West
“A true Outlier!” – Malcom Gladwell
“Is he single? Asking for me and my friends?” -Megan Thee Stallion
“Looking forward to playing him in the bio-pic about his amazing life and career”. Viola Davis
“I remember when Kofi used to say he looks like me, now I’m telling people I look like him.”- Idris Elba

Harry Wallop

Harry Wallop is a consumer journalist, feature writer, columnist and broadcaster.

He writes for a variety of national newspapers and magazines, particularly the Times, where he writes the weekly Harry Wallop column for the business pages, as well as the Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Guardian, Financial Times and Country Life.

Harry is also an experienced television presenter and reporter, most notably presenting a clutch of Channel 4 Dispatches programmes: Secrets of Sports Direct, Secrets of Poundland, and Secrets of Cadbury, all of which are in the top five most watched Dispatches films of recent years. He is part of Channel 5’s Shop Smart, Save Money team, presenting ‘Wallop of the Week‘, advising viewers on how to get the best deals, as well as a regular contributor to the Channel 5 Secrets of series of programmes, going behind the scenes at Aldi, Waitrose, Costco and the like.

His most recent Dispatches film, Did Brexit Work for Business?, investigated how British exporters were finding life one year after the UK-EU trade deal came into force. It aired in November 2021.

He also fronted the 8-part Channel 4 series Shop Secrets: Tricks of the Trade and also presented the two-part programme, Something for Nothing, on Channel 4 which looked at how you can live well for free. Harry also co-presented two series of Channel 4’s Superscrimpers.

He is a regular talking head on BBC News, Good Morning Britain, Times Radio and Radio 4 on topics as broad as gadgets, utility bills, parenting controversies to the state of the high street and food prices.

Harry’s book Consumed: how we buy class in modern Britain, was published in paperback in March 2014 by William Collins.

Harry also chairs and hosts large conferences and is a skilled speaker.

James King

James is a writer, broadcaster and one of the best-known film experts in the UK. He appears regularly on a number of programmes on television and is BBC Radio 2’s resident movie critic. His series ‘My Soundtrack Stories’ has seen James interview renowned directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Greta Gerwig and Christopher Nolan.

James also presented The Official James Bond Podcast: No Time To Die. The seven-part series focused on different aspects of the James Bond universe from characters to location and music to action, including exclusive interviews with Daniel Craig, Rami Malek and Billie Eilish.

Books that James has written include the light-hearted self-help guide Be More Keanu and Fast Times & Excellent Adventures: The Surprising History of the 80s Teen Movie.
He continues to be a go-to interviewee for a number of television documentaries about all aspects of pop culture. Recent corporate work has included partnerships with Vue cinemas, Disney+ and Meerkat Movies.

James is also an active member of BAFTA, having helped to judge their annual EE Rising Star Award and hosting a number of on-stage Q&As with stars such as Nicole Kidman, Steven Spielberg and Lady Gaga.

After completing degrees in Film Studies at both Warwick and Westminster universities, James began his career talking about films for BBC Radio 1 – an award nominated role he held for eleven years. He followed this with three series of ITV2’s weekly film show and was the regular reviewer on ITV1’s London Tonight.

James has a wealth of experience hosting events and award ceremonies, both at home and abroad.

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)

Colin & Justin

Colin & Justin are the dynamic design duo whose programmes have appeared across the television networks in the UK and in Canada.

Colin & Justin’s Hotel Hell is currently on Channel 5, documenting their purchase and refurbishment of a hotel in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Most recently in the UK they played a major part in the series, Home Is Where the Heart Is, for ITV. In these highly regarded programmes Colin & Justin took in Jim, an alcoholic who had been living on the streets, and played their part trying to improve his life.

They are also well known for their spell in the jungle as part of ITV’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! with Justin succeeding as one of the final four.

Following the jungle Colin & Justin hosted the popular 60 Minute Makeover for ITV, working their magic on properties from London all the way to Preston.

They have also appeared in Celebrity Masterchef, Stars in their Eyes and Let’s Dance for Comic Relief.

In Canada they are currently presenting Justin & Colin’s Cabin Pressure, transforming a unique vacation home in the countryside for HGTV. They previously presented Colin & Justin’s Street Swap also for HGTV and Colin and Justin’s Home Heist which showed them beautifying Canadian homes. They have now made-over 56 Canadian homes. This series aired across the world with an accompanying book.

Justin and Colin’s Home Show aired on UKTV.  They visited some of the biggest retail destinations in the UK from Bluewater to Meadowhall to Manchester’s Trafford Centre, making their own set from scratch in the middle of the shopping centre and transforming it into a spectacular themed room in front of a live audience, using furnishings and accessories sourced from the shopping centre.

They presented The Estate on Channel 5, a four-part documentary in which they demonstrated that everyone, regardless of where they are on the housing ladder should be entitled to basic standards of living by attempting to transform the Arden council estate in Glasgow. With grand plans but with no budget, their initial challenge was to make Arden a better place to live and to help residents regain their community pride.

They became wedding planners for three lucky couples with three different budgets in Justin and Colin’s Wedding Belles on Channel 5. They have also presented a range of peak-time property, entertainment and lifestyle series including How Not To Decorate; 20 Quickest Ways to Make Money; 20 Quickest Ways to Lose Money; Three Celebs And A Baby and Ultimate Celebrity Fashion Frock Ups.

Justin and Colin first came to the public’s notice in BBC2’s hugely successful series, Million Pound Property Experiment, which saw them buy, renovate and sell seven properties across Britain, ranging from £100,000 to £1.25 million.

They also presented BBC1’s Trading Up and the overseas spin-off Trading Up In The Sun which helped people buy homes in France, Spain and Cyprus.. Their live broadcasting experience is diverse, ranging from daytime programmes such as BBC1’s Housecall, to primetime shows such as Channel 5’s The Farm.

They both work at home, doing outside broadcasts and studio work. Colin and Justin are always hugely popular guests on all the main chat shows, on both sides of the Atlantic. They have had their own weekly show on BBC Radio Scotland and have enjoyed learning the technical skills of “driving the desk”. Their background lies originally in journalism and they have published Britain’s 100 Most Beautiful Homes for IPC as Contributing Home Editors. They still write design features for a wide range of publications. Their book, Colin and Justin’s How Not To Decorate (Time Warner), was published in 2004 and The Million Pound Property Experiment, the book which accompanied their groundbreaking series on BBC2, was voted the winner in the Lifestyle Category at the WHSmith People’s Choice Book Awards.

They were also event managers for the Scottish Ideal Home Show and for several years they have designed a Special Feature at the Earls Court Ideal Home Show. They have also fronted Ideal Home Show events across Canada. They are also in constant demand to host events, award ceremonies and dinners, both in the UK and Canada.

Martin Newman

Martin Newman is a consumer expert, also known as ‘The Consumer Champion’. His work has led him to found Customer Service Action and The Customer First Group, making him a force for positive change for both consumers and brands.

As well as fighting for consumer rights Martin is an advocate for diversity, social responsibility and employee engagement for all consumer facing sectors. These issues top the agenda in his media appearances across national press and television.

He appears regularly on BBC TV (Watchdog, Healthcheck UK Live, Your Money Your Life) and BBC Radio (BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Devon), on Sky News, ITV, Channel 5 and a host of other media channels such as LBC, The Times and FT to discuss consumer issues relating to the retail, travel, casual dining, automotive and financial services sectors and most recently the effects on the industry of the Pandemic.

Martin also produces and presents his own TV and Podcast channels which can be found at www.ConsumerFocus.TV and www.ConsumerFocus.FM.

Martin has worked for over 35 years leading the multichannel operations for some of the world’s most recognisable retail brands. These include Burberry, Intersport, Pentland Brands (Speedo, Berghaus), Harrods and Ted Baker. His bestselling book 100 Practical Ways to Improve Customer Experience, is seen as definitive within the sector and was shortlisted for the Business Book of the Year Award 2019.

Following his career in the consumer sector, Martin founded global ecommerce and digital consultancy Practicology, which was sold in 2018 after having scaled up to a global staff of 100 in offices across the UK, EU, Middle East and Asia. Martin has since set up The Customer First Group and new consumer facing website Customer Service Action.

Martin delivers keynote presentations and chairs many leading industry events around the World. He has shared stages with innovators and entrepreneurs alike, including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, to discuss the future of the internet and its implications for retailers.

Amongst Martin’s many accolades, he has featured in various industry leader lists including Retail Week’s top 50 eTail Power List five years in a row. He has also been named consecutively in the Retail Insiders top 100 Retail Movers & Shakers list, as well as the British Vogue Online Fashion 100.

Martin judges numerous industry awards such as the World Retail Awards, the Customer Experience Awards, the Retail Insider Awards, the PayPal eTail Awards, the Online Retail Awards of Australia and the Great British Entrepreneur awards.

Martin’s counsel also encompasses roles as a Non-Executive Director, Chairman and Board Advisor working with the Boards of consumer-facing businesses on their key strategic questions and challenges. He is also a board advisor to Clearpay, Yext and is a Trustee of In Kind Direct and a member of the prestigious KPMG IPSOS Retail Think Tank.

John Dickie

John Dickie is Professor of Italian Studies at University College London. He is the author of the best-sellers Cosa Nostra. A History of the Sicilian Mafia (+/- a million copies sold, translated into 21 languages) and Delizia! The Epic History of the Italians and their Food (translated into 10 languages, winner of several prizes), as well as many other books and articles on diverse aspects of Italian history, including natural disasters, national identity, the Catholic church, and bandits. He has a high public profile in Italy, particularly as an expert on organized crime and Italian food.

John’s most recent book is the widely reviewed and acclaimed The Craft: How the Freemasons made the Modern World, which hit the best-seller lists in several countries and has been translated into 10 languages. A new, updated edition of Delizia! The Epic History of the Italians and their Food, complete with an ecstatic endorsement by Stanley Tucci, is due in the bookshops for Christmas 2023.

John presented The Mafia’s Secret Bunkers (BBC2, 2013). Since then, he has presented and co-written a trilogy of documentaries on the problems of the Catholic church: Holy Money (2014); The Cross and the Gun (2015); and Behind the Altar (2017). In 2016 his book Delizia! was turned into a 6-part series (Eating History: Italy—or De gustibus in Italy), presented and co-written by John. The series aired right round the world, apart from the UK. In Italy, it was History Channel Italia’s second most popular programme of the year.

For several years John hosted the Barilla Pasta World Championships, held over three days in Milan and Parma. In 2010 he was a judge in the Pesto World Championships in Genoa. In 2021, he hosted the San Pellegrino Young Chef Academy in Milan. He appears regularly on TV, radio and other media across the world to comment on his areas of expertise.

In 2005, the President of the Italian Republic appointed John a Commendatore dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana (Commander of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity), a senior civil honour.

John presents and writes both in English and Italian.

Marc Abraham

Dr Marc Abraham OBE, or ‘Marc the Vet’ as he is usually known, is a multi-award-winning veterinary surgeon, broadcaster, author, and animal welfare campaigner; regularly appearing on shows including BBC Breakfast, Sky News, Tonight, as well as being a producer of US movie documentary Dog By Dog. Marc has experience across a range of different veterinary work (including small animal, mixed, emergency) as well as his volunteering abroad, allowing him to bring a unique depth and breadth of knowledge to both his broadcast and corporate commitments.

Marc is the author of four books: Vet on Call, Pets in Need, Lucy’s Law: The Story of a Little Dog Who Changed the World, and most recently #BeMoreMosquito: How you can campaign and create change; as well as writing blogs and articles to raise awareness of animal welfare across local, national, and international media, is resident vet giving advice on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey, plus shares tips on his busy Twitter and FB channels. Marc has successfully collaborated with a whole host of household brands and events, plus is often invited to speak at public engagements as well as at meetings in Parliament.

His passion for animal welfare has also seen Marc volunteer overseas for numerous animal welfare organisations. These include vaccinating dogs against rabies in the Mumbai Slums, rescuing dancing bears in Ukraine, saving cats and dogs in post-tsunami Thailand, rescuing dogs from dogmeat farms in South Korea, neutering pets deep in the Amazon Jungle, working with pit-bulls in US prisons, operating on street dogs in Udaipur, India, going undercover to investigate Finnish fur farms, rescuing ex-breeding dogs and puppies from U.S puppy mills, as well as performing dental work on a rescued moonbear in Chengdu, China.

Marc campaigns extensively for animal welfare issues both in the UK and US, including promoting rescue pet adoption and responsible dog and cat breeding, as well as actively advocating to stop the cruel puppy farming industry. In 2009 he set up Pup Aid, a national puppy farming awareness campaign, featuring an annual celebrity-judged dog show in London’s Primrose Hill. Responsible for three of the biggest pet welfare government e-petitions of all time, Marc is also the co-founder and secretariat of the All-party Parliamentary Dog Advisory Welfare Group (APDAWG) and helped source rescue dog Dilyn for previous Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie.

After leading a 10-year campaign, including 300+ visits to Westminster lobbying MPs and Ministers, the Government passed Lucy’s Law into English legislation banning the commercial third-party trade in puppies and kittens, making all dog and cat breeders accountable by providing a legislative framework to help investigation and prosecution; thus providing support and transparency for prospective puppy and kitten buyers. The campaign was also successful in changing the law in Wales, Scotland, and hopefully soon Northern Ireland.

Based in Brighton, East Sussex, Marc currently works at The Mewes Vets in nearby Rottingdean, and regularly visits local primary and secondary schools to chat with pupils about caring for animals and looking out for one another. He is proud ambassador and/or patron of several animal charities including All Dogs Matter, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, Humane Society International UK, SPANA, Oldies Club, Friends of Animals Wales, Nowzad, Compassion in World Farming, and Together Co.

Marc has just completed filming a documentary with Donart Film Ltd about campaigning for dog welfare, including exploring canine fertility clinics, the international legal and illegal trade in puppies, and the sale of puppies in U.S pet stores. This documentary (title tbc) is due for release in autumn 2023. In recognition of his work helping animals at home and worldwide, Marc was recently awarded the OBE for Services to Animal Welfare by King Charles III at Windsor Castle, after being announced on the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Recent Awards
Winner ‘Prime Minister’s Points of Light’ Award 2020
Winner ‘Best Public Awareness Cause Campaign’ PR Week Campaigns for Good Awards 2019
Winner ‘Golden Sabre for Animal Care’ #SABREAwardsEMEA 2019
Winner ‘Voluntary Sector Campaign of the Year’ PRCA Public Affairs Awards 2018
Winner ‘Special Award’ Daily Mirror/RSPCA Animal Hero Awards 2018
Winner ‘Vet of the Year’ 2014, 2015, 2016

Ayesha Nayyar

Ayesha is a highly respected award-winning solicitor with more than 20 years of experience in the legal field. She runs her own law firm in Manchester which covers areas of law including personal injury, family law, criminal injuries compensation and civil litigation. She is acclaimed for providing clear, no-nonsense advice when it comes to divorce, child contact and domestic abuse in particular.

Ayesha co-presented Crime, Are We Tough Enough?, a five-part series for BBC One. In the programmes Ayesha examined why many believe the criminal justice system has broken down. Ayesha, who has represented many victims of crime advocated a tougher system with longer sentences, harsher prison environments and increased police powers to restore law and order back on our streets. Utilising her vast experience she interviewed victims, ex-villains, prison officers, doctors and spent time with police on the front line. The programme was a widespread ‘pick of the week’ in the press.

Ayesha makes regular appearances on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4 and the popular consumer series Rip Off Britain on BBC One, as well as Morning Live and The One Show.

Ayesha has also contributed to Sunday Morning Live, BBC Breakfast, The Victoria Derbyshire Show all on BBC and Sky News. She has written articles for numerous publications and blogs. She has her own live call in show on a local radio station where she gives legal advice.

Ayesha combines a warm and empathetic interviewing style with pursuing the truth; cross examining and grilling interviewees.

In 2019 she was a winner at The Law Society’s Excellence Awards, Best Business Women Awards and The English Asian Awards.

Ayesha is proud of her working class heritage having grown up in Manchester. As a Pakistani Muslim woman, she is strong in her faith and commitment to the issues that affect ethnic minorities.

Angela Rippon

Angela Rippon has been a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for over 50 years. The career of this award winning journalist has embraced an impressive variety of programmes on both radio and television for both Commercial and BBC stations in Britain, America and Australia.

The scope and quality of her work has been recognised by the Royal Television Society who entered her into their Hall of Fame in 1996. In 2002 she was voted European Woman of Achievement and in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2004 she was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to Broadcasting, Charity and the Arts. Angela was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to dementia care in her role as development lead with Dementia Friendly Communities.

Trained as a journalist in her home town of Plymouth, Angela worked for both BBC Plymouth and the ITV station Westward Television before joining BBC National News in 1973. She was appointed the first woman journalist newsreader in 1975 and made two memorable appearances in the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Shows.

Angela was a founder member of the commercial breakfast service TV-am in 1982 and in 1984 moved to America to work for CBS in Boston.

She has presented a wide variety of programmes from hard news and current affairs, to quiz shows and magazine programmes for both BBC and Commercial radio and television. Titles include Come Dancing; Top Gear, the Antiques Roadshow, Masterteam, Crufts Championship, Holiday Hit Squad and The Holiday Programme.

She currently presents BBC’s Rip-Off Britain and reports for The One Show on BBC One reporting from various locations across the UK. Angela also presents BBC One’s HealthCheck UK Live, offering health advice and tips, as well as companionship as the UK endures a quarantine as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. She also lends her voice as question master on the hit BBC One game show The Wall, with Danny Dyer.

Angela has also presented the highly acclaimed BBC One programme How to Stay Young. In the first series Angela investigated how we can keep our brains and bodies fit and healthy. Angela also presented the second series where she investigated the latest experiments and research that could help put the brakes on the ageing process. Angela also presented the BBC One documentary, The Truth About Dementia, which saw her go on a very personal investigation looking into the little known brain disease.

In 2017, Angela championed Alexander Flemings discovery of antibiotics as Britain’s Greatest Invention as she battled 7 celebrities live on BBC Two.

She remains committed to a number of charities, including the British Red Cross of which she is Vice President. Angela travelled to Kenya for Comic Relief and was part of the Famous, Rich and in the Slums BBC One programme.

Angela has written 14 books, the most recent being Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond.

Angela also chairs conferences and seminars and is a highly skilled conference facilitator and after dinner speaker. She has a wealth of experience hosting events and award ceremonies, both at home and abroad.

Julia Somerville

Julia Somerville is currently one of the presenters on the successful flagship consumer BBC One programme Rip Off Britain. She also presents Rip Off Britain spin off series Food, Holidays and Rip Off Britain: LIVE.

Julia Somerville began her career in broadcasting when she joined the BBC in 1972 as a sub-editor in the Radio Newsroom. She became a chief-sub and then a reporter and was made Labour Affairs Correspondent in 1981. In 1983 she was recruited by BBC Television News to present the Nine O’Clock News.

In 1987 Julia joined ITN. During the next 14 years she presented News at Ten, the Lunchtime News and launched the ITN News Channel. She left ITN in 2001.

She is currently Chairman of the Advisory Committee on the Government Art Collection.

Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan

Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan is a historian, author and broadcaster. A former V&A curator, she is a specialist in the history of housing, interiors, products, consumerism and everyday life.

Deborah is Professor of Design History and Theory at University of Portsmouth and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

A presenter and series consultant for BBC Two’s ‘A House Through Time’, she appears in all four series. The programme is a fresh way of telling social history through the residents of a single house over a 200-300 year period. Deborah brings the changing interior of the house to life in her segments.

Other appearances include BBC One’s ‘Morning Live’; BBC Two’s ‘Inside the Factory’, ‘Business Boomers: Hot Property’; More 4’s ‘David Jason’s History of British Inventions’; Channel 4’s ‘No 57: The Story of a House’ and ‘Heaven, Hell or Suburbia’; Channel 5’s ‘Farrow and Ball: Inside the Posh Paint Factory’.

Deborah wrote and presented Trading Spaces for BBC Radio 4, which looked at the history of 5 high street businesses and the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Her other radio appearances include ‘The Hidden History of the Window’, ‘The Hidden History of the Staircase’, ‘Laurence Llewellyn Bowen’s History of Home’, as well as interviews for You and Yours, Woman’s Hour and Today.

Deborah is the author of three books. Her first book The Ideal Home Through the Twentieth Century (Hazar) told the story of the Ideal Home Show from its founding in 1908 to the present. Her second book Ideal Homes, 1918-39: Domestic Design and Suburban Modernism (Manchester University Press) was awarded the 2020 Historians of British Art Book Award for Exemplary Scholarship on the Period After 1800. It was reissued as a trade book in 2020 with the title Ideal Homes: Uncovering the History and Design of the Interwar House and a new introduction on researching your house history.

Deborah has also contributed essays to the catalogues of the V&A exhibitions British Design, 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age and Food: Bigger Than the Plate and curated Ideal Homes for London’s Design Museum. She is currently writing a history of the modern kitchen, which was also the subject of her recent article for the Financial Times.

Deborah is founder and co-host of Twitter’s #HouseHistoryHour (via @HouseHistoryHr) on Thursdays at 1900. She has contributed blogposts and talks on house history to genealogy websites Findmypast and Family Tree Magazine.

Deborah has put her interest in the history of housing into practical use by renovating 6 houses, including a Grade II listed Georgian terrace, and an interwar ‘time capsule’ semi. She is also known for her vintage fashion style.

Judi James

Judi James is a leading communication and body language expert whose expertise is sought after in broadcast, corporate and public relations circles. She regularly appears on a number of high-profile TV and Radio programmes across many channels, analysing major political, royal and celebrity events.

She has appeared regularly on BBC News, Sky News, GB News, CNN, Big Brother, Big Brother’s Bit on The Psych and Bit on the Side, The Extra Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, BBC2’s Newsnight and had a nightly news spot covering the General Election. She has been involved in documentaries like Why Women Shop, Camilla The Uncrowned Queen, Office Wars and had her own 4-part body language series on Channel 5 called Naked Celebrity, which she researched and presented.

Judi delivers thorough and insightful analysis of the body language of politicians, world leaders, celebrities and other public figures.

She has written 26 fiction and non-fiction books covering a range of subjects from body language, business impact, charisma, boosting your confidence and decreasing stress levels in the work place to improving flirting techniques, job interview techniques and even tips on how to win a poker game, titles include: The Body Language Bible, You’re Hired, Being Confident, Supermodel, Naked Angels and The Wedding Suit.

Judi has worked on many public relations campaigns with a wide range of multinational companies. She works closely with the client helping them deliver the key messages of the campaign through radio and print interviews, TV appearances and supporting the survey results and press release by adding personalised quotes and tips. The client feedback has always been positive and some of Judi’s recent public relations work includes campaigns for Google, Vodafone, Morrisons, Dove, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Colgate, L’Oreal and others. She also works closely with major international brands such as Gucci, Chanel, Mediacom, WWP and Deloitte.

She works as a pitch coach for business pitches to clients and runs training courses & keynote seminars in business on the subjects of body language, charisma, empathy, motivation skills, communication skills and networking.

She also coaches one to one for high level clients.

Judi started her career as a leading catwalk model and trained many big names at her modelling school in Chelsea, Naomi Campbell among them.

Lara Lewington

Lara is a TV presenter, journalist, and documentary maker specialising in lifestyle technology. She co-presents the BBC’s flagship technology show, Click (BBC One / BBC News). Having studied AI Ethics, and with a passion for people’s understanding artificial intelligence’s possibilities and limitations, she’s become a leading commentator across the media.

She’s made numerous programmes and done many expert slots across a range of outlets including, BBC1’s Panorama, ITV’s Lorraine, BBC1’s The One Show, ITV’s Good Morning Britain, and has fronted documentaries for Radio 4, one being a “A Documentary: By ChatGPT”.

Her other passion for living our healthiest lives for longer, has seen her not only often wear an array of trackers, but also make a lot of content on longevity and health innovation. Her BBC documentary, “Forever Young?” saw her quest to separate science from snake oil, unravelling the real evidence of how we may be able to increase our “healthspans”. She also made “`Tonight: Healthy Ageing” for ITV1 and has written many articles on the topic.

Before joining Click in 2011, Lara’s media experience was vast and varied. She’d started out as the Channel Five as a reporter, interviewing the biggest stars in the world, and fitting in a few gadget reviews for the channel when she had time. She was the technology columnist for the UK’s biggest selling weekly, Woman, for four years, and has written for many of the UK’s biggest publications.

Louise Minchin

Louise Minchin is a well-known and respected broadcaster, journalist and TV presenter. She presented the UK’s most watched Breakfast programme BBC Breakfast on BBC One for 20 years. She was chair of the 2023 judging panel for the prestigious literary award, the Women’s Prize for Fiction and is a successful author and podcaster.

Before joining BBC Breakfast, she was one of BBC News 24’s main anchors and was one of BBC Radio 5 Live’s main presenters. She has also guest presented The One Show and presented the BBC One series Real Rescues, Missing Live and Crime and Punishment. Louise starred in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in Autumn 2021 and also competed in Celebrity MasterChef, coming runner up in the final, and Channel Four’s Time Crashers.

She is the host of the top-rated podcast, Push Your Peak. In this podcast series, Louise interviews first class athletes who have done extraordinary things, to learn what it takes mentally and physically to get to the top of their game.

Louise’s passion is endurance sport. Having given up competitive sport as a teenager, after a BBC Breakfast Christmas cycling challenge she was inspired to attempt her first triathlon in 2013 and went on to qualify for the GB age-group team to race in Chicago in 2015. Since then, she has raced in five World and European Championships and has gone on to compete in extreme triathlons including one of the toughest triathlons in the world, Norseman in 2019.

In February 2020 Louise took part in a 100 mile hike across the Namibian desert for Sport Relief – The Heat is On – raising awareness of mental health.

Louise’s first book, Dare to Tri, was released in 2019 by Bloomsbury and charted her journey from the BBC Breakfast sofa to competing internationally in triathlon.

Her second book Fearless, Adventures with Extraordinary Women, was published in 2023 by Bloomsbury and reflects her passion for celebrating women’s sporting success. In each chapter Louise takes on a difficult challenge with a different courageous woman to tell their incredible stories. As part of it she has swum from Alcatraz, free dived under ice in the dark in Finland, went wild caving, and walked across Dartmoor.

Lucrezia Millarini

Lucrezia Millarini is journalist and anchor for ITV News, presenting across all main programmes including ITV Lunchtime News, ITV Evening News and News At Ten.

Lucrezia also presents ITV London’s flagship show and is a regular reporter for ITV’s documentary series On Assignment. With more than 15 years live broadcast experience, Lucrezia has reported on RTS award-winning coverage of the Grenfell Tower Fire, anchored ITV’s breaking news of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death and was part of ITV team covering Harry and Meghan’s Windsor wedding.

Other prime-time credits include co-hosting a Mortgage Crisis Special and Mental Health Special for ITV’s The Martin Lewis Money Show: Live, appearing as a guest commentator on This Morning and fronting a documentary for current affairs programme Tonight: Botched? Inside the Beauty Business.

Not afraid of a challenge, Lucrezia has been a contestant on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, competed in the multi-discipline athletics challenge The Games and C4’s hugely popular Celebrity Hunted for Stand Up To Cancer. She is also a Celebrity Mastermind champion.

As former Entertainment Correspondent for ITV London, Lucrezia is as comfortable on the red carpet as she in the studio. From politicians to National Treasures, she has interviewed everyone from Blondie to Beyonce, Dame Joan Collins to Sr Elton John, Stephen Spielberg to Meryl Streep. She remains one of the few journalists to quiz Tom Cruise about Scientology and even presented Rihanna with her first Oyster card!

Lucrezia studied law at Bristol and trained as a barrister before becoming a journalist.

She was born in London and lives there with her husband and highly demanding dog, Milo.

Aside from the day job, she has chaired conferences, hosted a number of corporate events and award ceremonies, with clients always noting her warmth and natural presence.

A keen supporter of animal rights, Lucrezia is Patron to the charities Dogs on the Street and Support Dogs. She’s also backed campaigns for Alzheimer’s Society.

Jenni Murray

Jenni Murray DBE began her broadcasting career in local radio in Bristol as a presenter and producer of a daily mid morning programme of phone ins, current events and music. She went on to become a television presenter, reporter and documentary maker, first in Leeds and then on South Today in Southampton.

In the early eighties she became a presenter and reporter on Newsnight, joined Today as a presenter on Radio 4 in 1986 and, in late 1987, became the presenter of Woman’s Hour on Radio 4.

She has interviewed every Prime Minister of the last thirty years, is as comfortable with high powered politicians as with the grieving parents of Madeleine McCann and the first Hollywood star she encountered was Bette Davies. There have been many more. She was a frequent presenter of radio 3’s Sunday morning programme during her years in Manchester. The late foreign correspondent, Charles Wheeler, described Jenni as having ‘the most beautiful voice on the radio – ever.’

Jenni has made numerous television documentaries including the Duchy of Cornwall with Prince Charles for BBC 2 and Right to Die for Channel Five. She was one of the presenters, along with Paul Heiney, of ITV’s This Sunday Morning and was twice the winner of The Weakest Link. In December 2020 she surprised many by taking part in ITV’s The Real Full Monty to great acclaim. The announcement of her participation made front page news.

She has hosted award ceremonies for a range of clients, most recently for women in the armed forces. She is sought after as an after dinner speaker, conference chair and inspirational speaker on subjects and for clients as wide ranging as the NSPCC, a rugby club, women in the law and personal assistants.

She writes regularly for a number of publications, including a weekly column in the Daily Mail and is the author of several books including, most recently, A History of Britain in 21 Women, A History of the World in 21 Women and Fat Cow, Fat Chance.

Jenni has recently presented a new podcast for the organisation Now Teach who encourage people changing their careers to consider teaching.

Jenni has won many awards including the Broadcasting Press Guild Radio Broadcaster of the Year in 1995, Sony Best Interview in 2010 and the Sony Gold Award for Outstanding Career Achievement in 2011.

In 2011 she became Dame Jenni Murray in recognition of her contribution to broadcasting.

Alice Beer

Alice Beer has a reputation as a fearless and thorough consumer journalist.

Alice is ITV This Morning‘s Consumer Editor, regularly appearing on the programme. Her reports on safety in household white goods led to the recalling of products and discussion in parliament.

Alice first made her name on the BBC consumer show Watchdog, co-presenting alongside Anne Robinson, where she took undercover reporting jobs and exposed some of the biggest industries in the country for the way they were treating consumers.  Alice went on to front many major BBC Series mostly with a strong consumer angle: Healthcheck, Face Value, Holiday and a financial quiz: Show Me The Money.  She has also hosted Channel 5’s Hot Property programme and LBC’s Breakfast Radio Show.

Alice is renowned for her tenacity and energy and whilst bringing up twin daughters has written a book “A Contented House With Twins”, published by Random House, and regularly contributed to various television programmes. She continues to write for newspapers and magazines and works behind the scenes as a consultant with many household high street companies, ensuring that their customers get a fair deal.

Alice lives in London with her partner, Paul and their twin daughters.

Marverine Cole

Marverine Cole is a multi-award-winning journalist and broadcaster from Birmingham. She can often be seen as newsreader on ITV1’s Good Morning Britain. She is also a regular media commentator on Channel 4’s BAFTA-nominated daytime show, Steph’s Packed Lunch and ITV1’s This Morning, bringing her sharp journalistic knowledge and fantastic sense of humour to the table at every appearance.

Celebrating twenty years as a live news and current affairs broadcaster, Marverine’s media career spans more than three decades. She has worked as Reporter, Producer, TV & Radio Presenter and News Anchor for many of the UK’s most watched and listened to broadcasters, including ITV1, Sky News, 5 News, BBC 5 Live, the BBC & ITV in the Midlands and BBC Radio 4.

RADIO PRESENTER
As an ardent lover of classical music, Marverine has hosted afternoon shows for Classic FM, fronted speech and phone-in programmes for BBC Radio WM, Up All Night on BBC 5 Live and has co-presented BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live with Reverend Richard Coles.
She has also presented podcasts for BBC Storyworks, Vintage Books, Faber & Faber, FANE Productions and BBC Good Food magazine.

DOCUMENTARY MAKER
When it comes to Radio Documentaries, Marverine conceived and presented Luck Be A Lady Tonight about female gambling addicts for BBC Radio 4, Ladies with Lyrics – The Rise of the Female MC for BBC 1Xtra, executive-produced Where are All the Black Girls in Grime for BBC Radio 4.

However, she is best known for Black Girls Don’t Cry, a BBC Radio 4 documentary which she produced and presented, and which earned her the accolade of ‘Journalist of the Year’ at the Mind Media Awards. Sir Lenny Henry asked her to contribute a personal essay about mental health to his 2021 book (co-edited with Professor Marcus Rydder), Black British Lives Matter.

AWARD-WINNING BEER WRITER & SOMMELIER
Marverine is the resident Beer Columnist for BBC Good Food magazine and online, where she exercises her credentials as one of the first women in the UK to become an accredited beer sommelier. As one Britain’s leading female beer experts, she has appeared hosting TV beer tastings on shows like ITV1’s ‘Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh’ and talked all things beer on Channel 4’s Countdown.

LIFESTYLE PRESENTER
The consummate broadcaster, Marverine has also presented lifestyle, food, technology, beauty and fashion shows live from London, for Britain’s most successful and profitable shopping channel, QVC. She was the channel’s first Black female main presenter in over 20 years.

AWARDS & CONFERENCE HOST
Her warm, natural and engaging presenting style means she is often booked to host conferences and award ceremonies. Clients include PRCA, Black Talent Awards, The Voice of Black Opera Awards, Birmingham Royal Ballet: An Evening of Music & Dance, Inspire Construction & Housing Awards, Everywoman Awards, Capital Letters conference.

Nayha Ahmad

Nayha Ahmad is a Radio and TV presenter who currently hosts the Official Asian Chart show on the BBC Asian Network and presents the Sky Arts show ‘Unmuted’ and ‘Desi Beat’ on Colors TV, Sky.

Nayha is an experienced TV presenter, having covered the ITV Gala, National TV Awards, Perfume Awards, Camden’s Music Video Awards, Asian Achievement Awards and the Asian Wedding Show. Nayha has also interviewed a catalogue of high-profile celebrities and artists. Starting out at the digital channel Media Spotlight UK, Nayha has interviewed celebrities such as Sean Paul, Abhishiek Bachan, Shaggy and Christina Milian. In 2017, Nayha joined Whats Up TV (now known as ‘Unmuted’) team as a presenter on the Sky series, where she’s interviewed the likes of Sara Pascoe, Russell Kane, Seal, Rosie Jones and Ella Eyre.

Her first break in radio came at her hometown station Asian Star 101.6FM before progressing to West London’s Westside Radio where she hosted the Westside Chart Show. Other experience included London’s Vibe 107.6FM and commercial radio station Aspen Waite Radio. After featuring regularly on the BBC Asian Network, Nayha was announced as the host of the networks Official Asian Chart show in March 2021.

Alongside her presenting and radio work, Nayha loves talking about dating and is the host of her own podcast, the “Dating Dilemmas Podcast”. The series has been featured on BBC Radio London’s “The Scene” as a top Podcast to listen to.

Beyond broadcasting, Nayha is a massive foodie. She can be seen weekly on TV covering a variety of Desi cooking and food from chefs to Mela’s and festivals on the Sky, Colors TV show ‘Desi Beat’.

Nayha is also a fashion guru who loves vintage shopping and regularly shops in Shoreditch and thrift shops. Using this passion for style, Nayha has done a range of interviews; with stylists on skyline to festival fashion on YouTube. Nayha’s professional modelling and fashion work ranges from Asian wedding fairs to catwalks up and down the country as well as magazines.

As a big supporter of children’s charities, Nayha has supported the NSPCC throughout the years, raising funds in various ways including running a pop-up photo shooting business that donated all its earnings to the NSPCC. Another charity close to Nayha’s heart, who she regularly contributes towards is Edhi International Foundation, who provide care and shelter for young orphans.