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Max Johnson

Max has lived in Hong Kong and China for more than 15 years and is fluent in Russian, Polish, Mandarin and French. He has worked in international business for many years as commodity trader, investment banker, and entrepreneur setting us his own company MJ Capital in 2018 specialising cross-border M&A deals in emerging markets.

Max’s spirit of adventure led him to spend two months in China, travelling across the country with his father Stanley Johnson, filming In the Footsteps of Marco Polo – a 4 part documentary series following Marco Polo’s route across China. In the series, for international distribution, Max interviewed contributors, presented pieces to camera (scripted and unscripted) and gained experience of working on a large overseas production.

Max’s first appearance on camera was as a child actor in Julian Fellowes’ BBC production of The Prince and the Pauper and he still has a love of acting.

A keen runner, Max completed the Pyongyang Marathon and also has a black belt in Taekwondo.

Clare McDonnell

Clare McDonnell is an award-winning journalist and Broadcaster who can be heard daily across the UK on the news programme BBC Radio 5Live Drive, she’s also a regular Presenter on BBC Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour, has reported for BBC 1’s The One Show and anchored the BBC’s most listened to news programme around the world “Newsday” on the BBC World Service and its most listened to news podcast “Global News podcast”.

Clare has been at the forefront of many major historic news events, announcing the death of Her Majesty the Queen live on national radio, and then broadcasting from Buckingham Palace in the week leading up to the Monarch’s funeral and on the day itself.
Clare has been the voice that has informed the nation of major political developments too. She anchored a rolling news outside-broadcast from Westminster’s Central Lobby when Prime Minister Boris Johnson was facing a no confidence vote, then presented live from Downing Street when he resigned. She was there too for Liz Truss’s short-lived premiership and her subsequent resignation.

Clare is a sure footed, experienced pair of hands when it comes to handling complex and fast-moving news events but is also noted for her wit and warmth on air. She is passionate about sport and is now a regular voice on the Wimbledon Championships presenting from Centre Court and around the grounds. She also covered the Women’s European Football Championships and was side stage interviewing the Lionesses during their Trafalgar Square victory celebration attended by thousands.

Clare is also an awards host and is regularly asked to chair panel discussions and audience Q and A’s, anything from large events in the Excel Arena in London’s Docklands, to more intimate events with special interest groups and charities.

Clare has a passion for music and the arts too. She was one of the launch Presenters of cutting edge music station BBC 6Music and a reporter on BBC3 TV’s Nightly Entertainment Show “Liquid News” which saw her broadcasting live from, amongst other places, Elvis’s Graceland home and Abbey Road studios in London following George Harrison’s death.

Clare is a broadcaster, event host and panel chair of immense experience who never loses sight of the fact that the most important aspects of her job are holding the powerful to account and allowing those without a voice to be heard.

Errollyn Wallen

Errollyn Wallen CBE is a multi award-winning Belize-born British composer. Her prolific output includes over twenty operas and a large catalogue of orchestral, chamber and vocal works, which are performed and broadcast throughout the world. She has composed for the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games 2012, for the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilees, a specially commissioned song for COP 26, 2021, and a re-imagining of Jerusalem for the Last Night of the Proms 2020 and a new work for BBC Proms 2023. BBC Radio 3 featured her music across a whole week in 2022 and 2023 or Composer of the Week, and she has made several radio documentaries including Classical Commonwealth, nominated for the Prix Europa. Errollyn collaborated with artist Sonia Boyce on her installation, Feeling Her Way, for the British Pavilion at the 2022 Venice Biennale, which won the Golden Lion prize. Her critically acclaimed opera, Dido’s Ghost, was premiered at the Barbican in 2021 and will received its US première in San Francisco this November.

Recent premieres include Dances for Orchestra for Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Night Thoughts , a song cycle for Dame Sarah Connolly. Her work, The Whole World, for soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha and National Youth Orchestra received its premiere at the Proms this year and has received over 2 million views on social media. With Myleene Klass she recently co-presented a three-part television series, Musical Masterpieces, for SkyArts.

Errollyn gave her debut solo concert at Wigmore Hall in October 2023 and her book, Becoming a Composer has just been published by Faber and Faber. She is currently composing a violin concerto for Philippe Quint which will tour across the United States in 2024.

Errollyn composes in a Scottish lighthouse and her recordings have travelled 7.84 million kilometers in space, completing 186 orbits around the Earth on NASA’s STS-115 mission.

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.

Dominic Sandbrook

Dominic Sandbrook is a historian, broadcaster and columnist.

He is known for his best-selling series of books on life in post-war Britain- Never Had It So Good, White Heat, State of Emergency and Seasons in the Sun, The Great British Dream Factory and Who Dares Wins: Britain, 1979-1982– He has also written two books on recent American history, Eugene McCarthy and Mad as Hell and a six book series called Adventures in Time for younger readers.

Dominic has written and presented several series for television including the four-part series The 70s and The 80s with Dominic Sandbrook for BBC Two, Dominic has presented a number of other series including, Tomorrow’s Worlds: The Unearthly History of Science Fiction, a three-part series, Strange Days; Cold War Britain and a four-part series, Let Us Entertain You, in which he explored the extraordinary success of British popular culture over the last century all on BBC Two. He also presented a documentary about the German car industry’s successes, Das Auto: The Germans, Their Cars and Us for the channel.

Dominic co-presents the world’s most popular history podcast, The Rest is History, which has tens of thousands of subscribers and more than 100 million downloads. He has presented live history shows to sell-out audiences in New York, Washington, Dublin, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, as well as venues across Britain, including the West End.

He has been a book critic for the Sunday Times for almost twenty years, and joined The Times as a columnist in 2023. He wrote a column in BBC History for more than a decade and was previously a columnist for the Evening Standard, the New Statesman and the Daily Mail. Marking their 25th anniversary in 2007, Waterstones picked him as one of their 25 Authors for the Future. Dominic was nominated as Critic of the Year in the National Press Awards for 2018, and as Comment Journalist of the Year in the British Journalism Awards for 2021.

Dominic was born in Shropshire and educated at Malvern College before studying at Balliol College, Oxford, the University of St Andrews and Jesus College, Cambridge. He was formerly a history lecturer at Sheffield and senior fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he is also a fervent Wolverhampton Wanderers fan.

Sathnam Sanghera

Sathnam is an author, broadcaster and journalist.

Sathnam 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 resulted in Empire State of Mind, the acclaimed two-part documentary for Channel 4 for which he earned a Best Documentary Presenter shortlisting at the 2022 Grierson Awards.

The book also inspired a sequel, Empireworld: How British Imperialism Has Shaped the Globe, which became an instant Sunday Times bestseller on release in 2024, and 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 and was shortlisted for a British Book Award and Children’s Book of the Year by Foyles. His work has been recognised with the awarding of numerous honorary doctorates and journalism prizes, 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 television 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 has presented many programmes for BBC Radio 4 including Empire of Tea, Open Book, and Mercury (An Archive on Freddie Mercury).
He was a studio guest for ITV’s coverage of the Coronation of King Charles III. During Covid he presented a film for Channel 4 News about the effect of the virus on diverse communities.

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 received an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University in 2023 in recognition of his “distinguished contribution to the social sciences” through his “writing on race, identity and shared British history”, and was given 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. In the USA, Marriage Material is published by Europa Editions, Empireland by Pantheon and Empireworld by PublicAffairs. 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

Jon Snow

Broadcaster and Journalist Jon Snow presented Britain’s award-winning Channel 4 News for more than 30 years.

Jon joined ITN in 1976 and became Washington Correspondent in 1984. He then travelled the world to cover the news – from the fall of the Berlin Wall and the release of Nelson Mandela, to Barack Obama’s inauguration and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

His many awards include a BAFTA fellowship, the Richard Dimbleby BAFTA award for Best Factual Contribution to Television (2005), and Royal Television Society awards for Journalist of the Year (2005 & 2006) and Presenter of the Year (2009 & 2010 and 2012). He also collected the BAFTA award for Channel 4 News’ 2011 coverage of the Japanese Tsunami.

Jon delivered the prestigious MacTaggart Lecture at Edinburgh’s International Television Festival in 2017.

He has also presented a wide range of discussion programmes and a number of high-profile documentaries for Channel 4. He presented coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Paralympics and hosted a nightly programme, Jon Snow’s Paralympic Show.

Jon presented Snow Explains, a docuseries examining the news headlines in greater depth. He presented a number of Dispatches programmes including Can You Trust Your Bank and the two-part Landlords from Hell. Other documentaries include Drugs Live, Genius of British Art – the Art of War, Jon Snow’s Tsunami, War on Terror Trial, Bloody Sunday Debate, Snow in Japan, How to Live to 100, What if Putin Goes Nuclear? and Jon Snow: A Witness to History. He also chaired the quiz show, Very Hard Questions, for More4.

Jon has appeared on a number of TV and radio shows, including Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, Have I Got News for You, and notably an annual appearance on The Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

Jon created and presented the podcast Snowcast, interviewing key figures in art, media, politics and pop culture including Joan Bakewell, Professor Hannah Fry and Sir Chris Bryant.

Jon’s second book, The State of Us, was published in March 2023. Part memoir, part social exploration, it has been described as ‘A fascinating call to arms full of insight’ (Independent) which ‘represents a break in a half-century of silence; and it is trenchant in surprising ways’ (Guardian).

John Wilson

John Wilson is an acclaimed journalist and broadcaster who has specialised in arts and cultural affairs for over 25 years. He presents This Cultural Life the Radio 4 interview series and international podcast on which guests have included Paul McCartney, Margaret Atwood, Florence Pugh, Nick Cave, Tracey Emin, Nicole Kidman, Whoopi Goldberg and many more. The series is also televised on BBC Four, and is shown globally on BBC World.

One of the UK’s most respected interviewers, John is a hugely experienced live broadcaster who presented BBC Radio 4’s flagship arts magazine show Front Row from its launch in 1998 until he left the show in 2021. He is also the host of the music series Mastertapes with guests including Sinead O’Connor, Robbie Williams, Paul Weller, Emeli Sande, Randy Newman and many more. Each episode is recorded in front of an audience at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios. A special edition with Paul McCartney was filmed by BBC television.

As a journalist, John is also heard on Radio’s flagship current affairs programme Today, and has presented and produced dozens of series and documentaries including The Price of Song, Epiphanies, In The Studio and the Sony Award-nominated series Meeting Myself Coming Back. Extensive personal contacts have helped secure rare and exclusive interviews, including Kate Bush and David Bowie.

In 2020 John produced and presented the documentary film The Billion Dollar Art Hunt for BBC4, in which he investigated the world’s biggest ever art heist in which works by Vermeer, Rembrandt and Degas were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, in 1990, a crime that remains unsolved.

Other television credits include live presenting the 2020 Booker Prize and 2021 Museum Of the Year Award on BBC News. He also presented many editions of Newsnight Review on BBC2. John was part of the on-screen line up of the BBC2 version of Front Row. In the 2018 Christmas University Challenge series, he captained a team of fellow alumni of the University of Southampton.

John is a skilled live event host, with vast experience at BBC Edinburgh Festival, Hay Festival, Cheltenham Festival of Literature, Sony World Photography Awards. Poet In The City, and more. In 2022, he was MC and on-stage interviewer for the Sir Peter Blake 90th birthday tribute show at the Royal Festival Hall, featuring The Who, Paul Weller, Chrissie Hynde, Madness and Noel Gallagher.

John’s experience and breadth of expertise in the field of arts broadcasting is almost unrivalled. He has reported on art and cultural affairs from around the world, including Iran on several occasions, and made a radio documentary in China about the Terracotta Warriors and the First Emperor. He has written about cultural affairs for a range of publications including The Observer, The Guardian, the Times, The Independent, Art Newspaper, Time Out.

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.

Sir Malcolm MacGregor

Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor is the 24th chief of Clan Gregor and Chieftain of the Children of the Mist, which has been called the most romantic title in Scotland.

He was born in 1959 and grew up in UK, Malaysia, Greece and the USA. He joined the Scots Guards after graduating from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1980. Whilst in the military, he saw service in the Middle East, SE Asia and Europe, interspersed with operations in Northern Ireland. He completed a two year assignment with 6th Gurkha Rifles in Hong Kong and Nepal as the battalion operations officer and in command of a rifle company. His final appointment was chief of staff of 51 Highland Brigade, descendants of the famous 51st Highland Division based in Perth.

On completion of service with the military, he embarked on life as a landscape photographer.

He spent many months in Oman working on his book ‘Wilderness Oman’ a tribute to the light and colour of the Empty Quarter desert, the Hajar Mountains and coastline. He produced a second book called ‘Oman: Eloquence and Eternity’ covering similar themes of wilderness and remote landscapes. Other work has taken him to Iceland, France and the USA. His photography in Scotland has been marked by two books. ‘The Outer Hebrides’ and ‘Mull, Iona and Staffa’.

In 2008 he worked for the HALO Trust, a Scotland based humanitarian mine-clearance charity; photographing their work in countries such as Afghanistan, Angola, Somaliland, Cambodia, Georgia and Kosovo. More recently he returned to Helmand province in Afghanistan to photograph the work of the Scots Guards. His most recent book of photographs, published in 2022, is entitled “The Namib Desert”. This book is about a photographic journey from the Kunene River in the north via the Skeleton Coast to the great dunes at Sossussvlei.

He is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Photographic Society. As chief of Clan Gregor he travels extensively around the world officiating at Highland Games and International Gatherings. He is married and lives near Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire.

Jeremy Milnes

Jeremy is an experienced television and radio presenter.

His first television presenting job was as the confidence and communication coach on the popular dating show Would Like To Meet. Three series later and co-author of the book of the same title, Jeremy then worked as the on-screen tutor for the BBC talent show Fame Academy and Celebrity Fame Academy.

Jeremy’s next presenting role was as the host of The Bachelor for the BBC. His first experience of presenting live television came when he worked on three series of City Hospital where he presented real time broadcasts from surgical procedures in both Guys and St Thomas’s hospitals.

Jeremy then hosted a number of day time shows including The Test, and I Want That Holiday, for ITV and the property program Downsize Me, for the BBC.

He appeared as a regular guest/contributor on The Sharon Osbourne Show, Through The Key Hole, BBC Breakfast, The Wright Stuff, Test The Nation, The Weakest Link, Tonight With Trevor McDonald and Celebrity Fear Factor.

Jeremy also became a regular contributor on BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio London as well as guesting on The Sunday Surgery for BBC Radio 1 presented by Kelly Osbourne.

His corporate experience is wide ranging, having been the spokesperson for companies such as Kia Cars, Sony, Phillips, Castrol and Mars chocolate.
He was also the face of a high profile point of sale campaign for L’Oreal shampoo, which featured Jeremy’s picture and a self-help booklet on the product in all major supermarkets in the UK.

Jeremy has enjoyed hosting live events for Proctor and Gamble training days, for which he wrote and directed a 20 minute training film. Other live events which Jeremy has hosted include the NHS Service Award Ceremony, a fund raising event for tsunami victims held at the Royal College of Physicians and a fund raising gala for the Prince Phillip Trust Fund at the Theatre Royal in Windsor.

As a keen motorcycle rider, Jeremy has travelled extensively throughout Europe on two wheels, backpacked his way around Asia, scuba-dived with sharks and is a season ticket holder at his much loved Cambridge United Football Club.

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Stewart Purvis

Stewart Purvis is an author, former media executive and broadcaster. He regularly comments on media matters across all broadcasters, both in the UK and the US.

Stewart’s media career which began as a local radio reporter, a regional television presenter and a Sunday tabloid freelance while still at University. He was then chosen as one of the BBC’s first three News Trainees in 1969.

He moved to ITN in 1972 where he went on to win Royal Television Society awards for news and documentaries, two BAFTA awards as Editor of Channel Four News and also collected a TV Times award and even an ‘Office Building of the Year’ award for ITN’s Norman Foster -designed headquarters in Gray’s Inn Road, London.

He became Editor-in-Chief of ITN and Chief Executive, and also President of the international news channel, EuroNews, based in Lyon, France. He helped to launch EuroNews into Russia as the country’s first international news channel in Russian on terrestrial television.

After Stewart retired from ITN in 2003 he became a Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at Oxford University and the first Professor of Television Journalism at City University London. He was on the panel set up by the BBC Governors to report on the BBC’s coverage of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Stewart was also a columnist for the Financial Times and the London Evening Standard.

From 2007 to 2010 he was Ofcom’s Partner for Content and Standards, effectively the regulator of UK broadcast content, responsible for the implementation of the Ofcom Broadcast Code and other broadcasting regulation. He also chaired the UK Government’s Media Literacy Working Group and was one of the founders of the online academic resource Newsfilm Online.

Among the honours and awards he has received, in 2000 he was made a CBE for services to broadcast journalism, in 2005 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Law by Exeter University and in 2009 he received the Royal Television Society’s Gold Medal for an outstanding contribution to television. He has also been a Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications. He was also a non-executive director of Channel 4 and Chairman of the Royal Television Society’s TV Journalism Awards.

His first book, co-written with Jeff Hulbert, When Reporters Cross the Line was based on a BBC radio programme of the same name. The pair then co-wrote Guy Burgess: The Spy Who Knew Everyone, a biography of the Cambridge spy, published in Autumn 2015.

One of Stewart’s specialisms is the British Royal Family. In 1981 he produced the ITN elements of ITV’s coverage of the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales using pioneering digital effects. When the Prince and Princess took Prince William on their first overseas tour to Australia and New Zealand he travelled with a mobile documentary team sending back six weekly half hour programmes for transmission on Sunday afternoons on ITV. The programmes later won an award from TV Times.

In 1985 the royal couple subsequently granted ITN exclusive access which enabled him to produce ’The Prince and Princess of Wales Talking Personally’ on ITV which was one of the top ten most-watched programmes of 1985 and the two-part documentary ‘In Private, In Public’ which was watched by 18.45 million, putting it into the top five programmes of 1986. In December 1992 he broke the story of the separation of the Prince and Princess on the ITV Lunchtime News, before the announcement later that day by Prime Minister John Major.

In 1997 he was the Executive Producer of the first Queen’s Christmas Broadcast made by ITN looking back on the year Princess Diana died.

During his career he has worked in more than 25 countries and has appeared as an expert witness before every media-related committee in the parliaments of the UK, France and the European Parliament.

Onscreen, Stewart has participated in several documentaries on a variety of topics including the royal family and the miners strike and the Falklands War. He regularly appears as an expert on news programmes such as Radio 4’s Today programme, Sky News and Channel 4 News, discussing major media stories.

Stewart conducts a regular London Walk, The Hampstead Spies – the KGB in NW3 based on his extensive research of the area’s connections with espionage.

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.

Michael Crawford

Theatre: The original Phantom in the productions of The Phantom of The Opera in London, on Broadway and in Los Angeles. Other stage credits in London and on Broadway include Count Fosco in The Woman in White; Billy; Flowers for Algernon; Black Comedy; Dance of the Vampires; Barnum; The Wizard in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Wizard of Oz; Leo Colston in The Go Between.

Television: Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em; Not so Much a Programme, More a Way of Life; Play for Today; Chalk and Cheese.

After 40 years Michael returned as Frank Spencer in a special one-off sketch of “Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em” for Sport Relief 2016, helping to raise over £56million on the night.

Film: Hello, Dolly! starring Barbra Streisand, directed by Gene Kelly; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; The Knack; The Jokers; How I Won the War co-starring John Lennon; The Games; Hello and Goodbye; Alices Adventures in Wonderland; Condorman.

Recordings: Michael Crawford performs Andrew Lloyd Webber; A Touch of Music in the Night; On Eagle’s Wings; Michael Crawford in Concert; Songs from the Stage and Screen; With Love; A Christmas Album; Michael Crawford: A Disney Album. Original cast recording of The Phantom of the Opera.

Awards: As the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, Michael has been awarded the Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle, Dramalogue and Drama Critics’ Circle awards; 1981 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Barnum. In recognition of his career achievements, Michael was made an Officer of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, and in recognition of his services to charity was made a Commander of The British Empire in the New Year Honours of 2014.

Tom Dyckhoff

Tom Dyckhoff is a historian, teacher, writer and broadcaster about cities, architecture, geographies and visual culture.

Tom presented the major BBC2 series, The Great Interior Design Challenge for four series, and is currently design judge on the Channel 4 series Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker, now on its third season.

He teaches the history and theory of cities and architecture at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London and Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London.

Tom also presented the BBC Radio 4 series, The Design Dimension which looked at the world we inhabit through the lens of design. He was previously architecture and design critic for BBC television’s arts programme, The Culture Show, for which he interviewed architects from Oscar Niemeyer to Frank Gehry, and fronted special episodes on subjects including the Stirling Prize for architecture, Chinese culture, Lego, the new Birmingham library, and British architecture during the recession.

Tom has written and presented many series and documentaries on British television and radio, including Channel 4’s series The Secret Life of Buildings, which he looked at the effects of architecture and spaces on our brains and bodies; for BBC2’s series Saving Britain’s Past, Tom examined the country’s obsession with heritage; in I Love Carbuncles, for Channel 4, he revealed his passion for concrete Brutalism.

For radio, Tom has presented many BBC Radio 4 documentaries, too, such as ‘Anti-Architect: Cedric Price’, ‘Room With a View’ on the history of windows, ‘Animal Architecture’ on the architecture of zoos and a one-off special on polymath Buckminster Fuller.

He is the author of The Age of Spectacle: the rise and fall of iconic architecture (Windmill Books, 2017), and the official guide to the architecture of 2012’s Olympic Games, The Architecture of London 2012: Vision, Design, Legacy (John Wiley & Sons, 2012).

For a decade in the 00s, Tom was architecture and design critic for The Times newspaper, London. Tom also wrote a weekly column for The Guardian newspaper’s Weekend magazine for 20 years; and he writes and has long written for a wide range of publications including Esquire, GQ, Wallpaper, New Statesman, Domus, Icon and Blueprint.

Tom was educated at Oxford University and University College London, and began his career at Perspectives on Architecture for the then Prince of Wales, now King Charles III; he then became head of exhibitions at the Royal Institute of British Architects gallery, associate editor of Design magazine for the UK Design Council and then deputy editor of Space, The Guardian newspaper’s design and homes section.

Tom is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and a trustee of the London Festival of Architecture. He has been a trustee of the Architecture Foundation, and a judge on many design and architecture prizes, including the Stirling Prize (2013). He regularly lectures and hosts or chairs events, including The Stirling Prize in 2009 and 2010.

He lives in London, with his family.

Leo Geyer

Born in London of Anglo-Indian descent, Leo Geyer is a young composer, conductor, and presenter. He began his career at the Royal Opera House as a Cover Conductor for The Royal Ballet and is now the Founder and Artistic Director of Constella Music.

Following his traineeship with the BBC, Leo made his debut as a presenter at the BBC Proms, live on Radio 3. Since then, Leo has appeared on BBC Radio 3 and 4, and on Sky Arts.

As a guest conductor, Leo has collaborated with the BBC Concert Orchestra, English National Opera, Birmingham Contemporary Music Ensemble, the National Theatre and other ensembles. Leo has received various accolades for composition the most recent of which is the Lord Mayor’s Composition Prize.

Leo’s music has been described by The Times as “imaginative and beautifully shaped” and has received performances by ensembles including the English Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Rambert Dance Company and Opera North. Leo is currently working on his first major film commission, creating a soundtrack for the Ukrainian silent film Man with a Movie Camera. Leo is studying for a doctorate in composition as the Senior Music Scholar at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

 

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.

Clare Teal

Yorkshire-born award-winning singer-songwriter and broadcaster Clare Teal is one of the UK’s most celebrated and much-loved singers. With her stunning voice, encyclopaedic knowledge of jazz, swing and big band music, and her innate warmth and wit, Clare is a sought-after singer as well as a prolific recording artist and popular broadcaster. Clare has been a radio broadcaster since 2005 and presents The Clare Teal Show for Jazz FM every Sunday night. She presented her own show for many years on BBC Radio 2.

Clare has recorded and released 15 critically acclaimed albums including ‘Don’t Talk’ for Sony Jazz that reached the UK top 20 as well as collaborating with Sir Van Morrison on his album ‘Duets: Reworking the Catalogue’ resulting in the A listed Radio single ‘Carrying A Torch’.

Accompanied by her Pianist, Trio, 7-piece Mini Big Band, 9-piece Big Mini Big Band or 17-piece Hollywood Orchestra, Clare performs up and down the country throughout the year at festivals and high-profile events. She has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, Malvern Theatres, Anvil Arts, Sage Gateshead, Love Supreme, Salisbury International Arts Festival, Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival, Glastonbury Festival, and BBC Proms in the Park, as well as singing with renowned orchestras and Big Bands including the Hallé, BBC CO, RTÉ CO, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Big Band (hr-Big Band) BBC NOW and BBC SSO.

Clare won British Jazz Singer of the year in 2005, 2007, 2015 and 2017, BBC Jazz Singer of the Year in 2006 and Boisdale Jazz Singer of the year 2016. She was awarded Arts & Entertainment Personality of the Year at the 2004 & 2011 Yorkshire Awards, a Gold Badge by BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) in 2011 and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music by the University of Wolverhampton in 2015. Clare became an Ambassador for the National Jazz Archive in 2020.

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Moira Stuart

Moira Stuart’s career in radio and television spans six decades.

In February 2019, she joined Classic FM to be the station’s morning news presenter from 6am-10am. Moira presents the weekly Hall of Fame programme for Classic FM. She also presents ‘Moira Stuart Meets…’, which features interviews with the most well-known names from the worlds of the arts, politics, sport and entertainment.

For nine years Moira presented the news on Chris Evans’ BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show. She also presented her own show on BBC Radio 2, Music ‘til Midnight, on Sunday nights.

Moira started her BBC career as a production assistant in Radio’s Talks and Documentaries Department in the 1970s, before moving on to become a BBC Radio 4 announcer and a newsreader and programme presenter. Moira moved to television news in 1981 to become the first female African-Caribbean newsreader, presenting every type of BBC News bulletin before leaving in 2007.

Moira has presented many programmes on radio and television including The Big Spell for Sky 1, The Holiday Programme and Have I Got News For You on BBC One. She appeared on BBC One’s successful documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? and made a memorable appearance as herself in Extras. In March 2007 she presented the documentary In Search of Wilberforce for BBC Television, examining the role of anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the British bill that banned the slave trade. Moira has also appeared on BBC One’s Would I Lie To You? and ITV’s Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule. Moira presented the BBC World Service documentary, The Unknown Soldier. Moira also took part in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special in 2021.

Moira has won numerous awards across her career including the “TV and Radio Industries Club Best Newscaster”, the “Women of Achievement Television Personality” award, and the Harvey Lee Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Broadcasting” at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2020. She received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh and Canterbury Christchurch University in 2006 and 2013 respectively and an Honorary Doctor of Letters degrees from De Montford in 2012 and Northumbria University in July 2013. She was awarded an OBE in 2001 and a CBE in the New Year Honours list 2022.

Moira has served on various boards and judging panels including Amnesty International, The Royal Television Society, BAFTA, United Nations Association, the London Fair Play Consortium, the Human Genetics Advisory Commission, the Orange Prize for Literature, the BUPA Communications Panel, the IVCA, the Queen’s Anniversary Prize and the Grierson Trust. She is an active Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust.

 

Julia Somerville

Julia Somerville is currently one of the presenters on the successful flagship consumer BBC One series Rip Off Britain. She also presented Rip Off Britain’s 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.

Angela Rippon

Angela Rippon has been a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for nearly 60 years. She is an award-winning journalist who has embraced an impressive variety of programmes on both radio and television for both commercial and BBC channels 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. She 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.

Angela presents BBC One’s flagship consumer programme Rip-Off Britain. She also regularly reports for The One Show and Morning Live, both on BBC One. She appeared in the 2023 series of Strictly Come Dancing, making it to Blackpool and winning the admiration of viewers with her high kicks!

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, The Holiday Programme, How To Stay Young, The Truth About Dementia, Britain’s Greatest Invention and HealthCheck UK Live, BBC One’s series offering health advice and tips, as well as companionship during the Covid lockdown. Angela was also the voice of the question master on the hit BBC One game show The Wall, with Danny Dyer.

Angela is committed to a number of charities, including the British Red Cross of which she is Vice President and The Alzheimer’s Society.

Angela has written 14 books including Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond.

Carolyn Quinn

Carolyn Quinn has been a much loved voice on BBC Radio 4 for decades. She started out in broadcasting “as a hobby”, by getting involved with hospital radio at Charing Cross Hospital. It was an unlikely beginning to a journalism career that has stretched over five decades and seen her hosting some of the nation’s best known and important radio shows. After taking a degree in French, Carolyn joined the BBC Local Radio reporters’ scheme. She moved to the BBC’s political and parliamentary team in 1989 and became a Political Correspondent on TV and radio in 1994.

In 2004 Carolyn joined the presenting line-up on Radio 4’s Today programme, staying with Today until 2008. From 2001 she was also a regular presenter of BBC Radio 4’s PM programme while becoming the main presenter of Radio 4’s The Westminster Hour in January 2007, stepping down in March 2023. She has also presented Radio 4’s overnight election programmes covering the referendums as well as general and local elections. All that means she has had a front-row seat for political events, from Blair to Brexit to Covid and beyond but as a live broadcaster she has also covered a wide range of non-political domestic and foreign affairs topics and has fronted documentaries.

Much respected by her peers, Carolyn was the first woman elected Chair of the Westminster Press Gallery in 2011.

Carolyn’s skills at chairing and moderating debates mean she’s in demand as a host for book and product launches, front of audience events, Q&As and audio projects including podcasts and audio books requiring a warm and experienced broadcast voice.

Cathy Newman

Cathy Newman is the first female main presenter of Channel 4 News. She spent over a decade in Fleet Street, latterly with the Financial Times. Since joining Channel 4 News in 2006 she has broadcast a string of scoops, including allegations of violent abuse against the British barrister John Smyth, sexual harassment allegations against the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard, and an investigation into a British sex offender, Simon Harris, which saw him jailed for 17 years.

She was also the only broadcast journalist to travel with Angelina Jolie and the foreign secretary William Hague to the Congo as part of a campaign against sexual violence.

Cathy’s studio interviews are frequently news-making, and many have gone viral – watched by millions online – including combative encounters with the Canadian academic Jordan Peterson and the former motor-racing tycoon Max Mosley. The latter was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award in 2019, and made the front cover of Private Eye.

Cathy also presents the Friday Drivetime programme on Times Radio.

On television she has presented other Channel 4 programmes including Britain Decides: Everything But Brexit debate in the lead up to the 2019 General Election. She previously co-presented the Alternative Election Night with Jeremy Paxman. She regularly presents Channel 4’s Dispatches programmes – recent programmes include The Prince and the Paedophile, focussing on Prince Andrew’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. She has also appeared several times on Have I Got News For You and Christmas Celebrity Genius.

Her first book – Bloody Brilliant Women: Pioneers, Revolutionaries & Geniuses Your History Teacher Forgot to Mention – about female pioneers in 20th century Britain, was published by HarperCollins in Autumn 2018. Cathy was described by the Observer as a “brilliant writer”. Author Michael Morpurgo said: “This book is so important. No library, no school or university, should be without a copy.” Her follow-up book, It Takes Two, telling the stories of the power of pairings to achieve great things, was published in 2020. The Ladder, based on her Times Radio feature of the same name, shares the wisdom of extraordinary women and was published in early 2024.

Cathy has frequently written about politics for the Daily Telegraph. She was a judge on the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 and the Red Magazine Women of the Year Award 2016. She is a patron of Kids, a charity for disabled children, and an ambassador for Young Minds.

Prior to arriving at Channel 4 News, Cathy worked as chief political correspondent for the Financial Times for three years. Before that she covered politics and media for the FT. Cathy joined the FT from the Independent where she was media business correspondent.

In 2000, Cathy won the prestigious Laurence Stern Fellowship, spending four months following in the footsteps of Woodward and Bernstein at the Washington Post.

She is married with two young children.

Nina Nannar

Nina is the Arts Editor of ITV News. Her role involves specialist arts and media coverage for ITV, including covering the Oscars every year and interviewing the biggest names in film, music and TV. She is also a regular contributor to ITV programmes on entertainment, and popular culture.

She is a member of Bafta and regularly chairs the press launches of new ITV dramas.

Nina regularly reports for ITV’s On Assignment programme, with past documentaries including groundbreaking treatments in San Francisco in the battle against Aids and HIV, the moves to find alternative food sources in the world and Morocco’s booming film industry.

Nina started out at the BBC as a trainee, then working on regional and national television and radio, including presenting Asian Perspective for 3 years, a live news and current affairs programme on BBC Radio Five Live. She joined ITV News in 2002 after leaving the BBC.

In 2007 Nina was awarded an Honorary doctorate for Services to the Media.

She is an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, and for the British Asian Trust. and is a Governor at the National Centre for Writing and The Young Norfolk Arts Trust.

Nina is also Patron of Akademi, the South Asian Dance Company, the Norwich Film Festival, the domestic abuse charity Leeway, the Autumn Arts Festival and an Ambassador for Kidney Research UK, for whom she recently hosted a fundraising event, alongside former Manchester United footballer Andy Cole.

She is a judge of the Bafta Film and TV Awards, the RTS news awards, and has judged the Grierson Documentary awards.

Nina has also hosted and spoken at numerous events, including Latitude Festival, Women of the World Festival, and RTS awards.

Amongst the non news programmes Nina has appeared on are The Weakest Link, Unforgotten and Pointless.

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 presented a 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.

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.

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.

Rosie Millard OBE

Rosie Millard OBE is Chair of BBC Children in Need, Chair of Firstsite arts centre in Colchester and Deputy Chair of Opera North.

She is a journalist and broadcaster and has been reporting on and writing in the national press on the arts, popular culture, lifestyle and politics for over 30 years.

Rosie was BBC Arts Correspondent 1995-2004, Arts Editor, New Statesman 2004-2007, and has also been a theatre critic, columnist, feature writer, travel writer and profile writer, writing for most of the national broadsheets. She is a familiar voice on radio and familiar face on TV with regular appearances on Radio 4, Radio 2, Five Live, Newsnight and Sky News.

She presented Dead Famous, a 3-part podcast series for BBC Radio 4 that analyses the legacies of artists who have gained posthumous recognition and fame.

For four years she led Hull 2017 City of Culture as Chair of the Board. This was a £35 million national event which achieved unprecedented acclaim and international repute for the city of Hull, and for which she was appointed OBE. Rosie is now Chair of the London International Festiva of Theatre (LIFT) and president of the Philip Larkin Society.

She has written four books, one of which, The Tastemakers: British Art Now, is recommended reading for arts students at London University of the Arts.

Rosie is a dedicated marathon runner with eleven marathons under her belt and a PB of 3.48. She is one of only 2000 women in the world to have run all six Marathon Majors. She’s also run the Great Wall of China Marathon.

She studied at Hull University, the London College of Communications and the Courtauld Institute, has four children and lives by a canal in central London with her partner Alex Graham.

Alex Hutchinson

Alex Hutchinson is an historian, archivist, broadcaster, and author. After spending more than a decade at the world famous Rowntree’s sweet factory in York running their vast in-house archive, she is now an internationally recognised expert in the history of chocolate. Alex is best known for her regular appearances on the hit Channel 5 series The Wonderful World of Chocolate. Alex combines a peerless knowledge of her subject with a passion for making history accessible to all audiences. She is currently the archivist for Yorkshire Tea, Taylor’s coffee, and Betty’s Tea Rooms.

Her other appearances include: A Life Without Work (BBC Two); Newsround (BBC One); Nigel Slater: Life Is Sweets (BBC Four); Calf’s Head and Coffee: The Golden Age of English Food (BBC Four); Antiques Roadshow (BBC One); Antiques Road Trip (BBC One); The One Show (BBC One); Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC One); Channel 4 News (Channel 4); Great British Railway Journeys (BBC One, 2014 & 2015); Inside the Factory (BBC One); Our Dancing Town (BBC Two); and Made in Great Britain (BBC One). Alex regularly reviews the newspapers on BBC Radio York’s Breakfast Show, and has contributed to various BBC Radio programmes, including You and Yours, and the Chocolate episode of Greg Jenner’s history podcast You’re Dead to Me.

A confident public speaker. Alex has entertained sell-out crowds at theatres, cinemas, and community spaces across Yorkshire with her archive film shows, and lectures on the history of Yorkshire’s chocolate industry. In 2012 Alex published a non-fiction coffee table book about the history of the Rowntree’s Chocolate Factory in York, The York Cocoa Works. However, she is better known for her bestselling historical fiction series The Quality Street Girls which is published by HarperCollins in the UK and Canada under her pen name Penny Thorpe.

Samira Ahmed

Award winning journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed presents the BBC’s flag ship arts show, Front Row on Radio 4, where she regularly interviews leading writers, actors and directors; and scrutinises BBC journalism and editorial decision making on behalf of viewers and listeners, on her Newswatch programme on BBC1.

In 2023, she made headlines around the world for uncovering the earliest complete concert recording of the Beatles performing in the UK, at Stowe School in 1963 and helped secure its acquisition by the British Library for the nation.

She was named British Broadcasting Press Guild audio presenter of the year in 2020, the same year she won a landmark sex discrimination employment tribunal against the BBC for equal pay on Newswatch.

Her acclaimed three-part BBC4 documentary series Art of Persia (2020) was one of the first major Western tv series to be filmed in Iran for 40 years.

She was previously a news anchor and correspondent for Channel 4 News, where she won the Stonewall Broadcast of the Year award for her film about the so-called “corrective” rape of lesbian women in South Africa; and for BBC News, where she covered the OJ Simpson case while LA Correspondent.

Her many documentaries explore the intersection of popular culture, science, politics, and social change. They include I Dressed Ziggy Stardust, Laura Ingalls’ America, John Ruskin’s Eurythmic Girls, HG Wells and the H Bomb, The Fundamentalist Queen about Elizabeth Cromwell (wife of Oliver Cromwell) and Disgusted, Mary Whitehouse, for which she spent months studying the diaries of the famous morality campaigner.

Samira is a trustee of the Centre for Women’s Justice and on the advisory board of the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and the editorial review board of Doctor Who magazine. She is an honorary fellow of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford and holds honorary doctorates in law and arts, from UEA University of East Anglia, City – University of London and Kingston University.

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.

Fi Glover

Fi Glover co-presents the Times Radio afternoon show from 3-5pm with Jane Garvey from Monday to Thursday. Fi and Jane also present the ‘best of’ podcast Off Air which accompanies their show.

Fi previously presented the hit BBC podcast Fortunately with Jane Garvey. The podcast has been downloaded over 25 million times, was the 2018 winner of the ARIAS (Audio and Radio Industry Awards) Funniest Show and won Silver at the 2019 British Podcast Awards. In 2021 it was in the top 3 most listened to podcasts on BBC Sounds and has been No. 1 in the Apple podcast charts.

From the podcast came a book ‘Did I Say That Out Loud?’ written with Jane Garvey and published by Orion in 2021, along with a series of sell out live shows across the UK.

Fi is a weekly columnist for Waitrose Weekend.

During her time at the BBC Fi presented The Listening Project for Radio 4, an ambitious joint initiative by the British Library and the BBC “to capture the nation in conversation”.

She joined the BBC in 1993 on the Trainee Reporter Scheme, going on to GLR in London as a junior reporter and working her way up to present the Breakfast Show with Gideon Coe. In 1996, she moved to BBC Radio 5 Live to present The Ad Break and spent seven years there as a key broadcaster in news and political coverage, presenting Sunday Service, with Charlie Whelan and Andrew Pierce, Late Night Live, the Afternoon Show and the mid-morning phone in.

In 2004 Fi took over from Eddie Mair on Broadcasting House before launching BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live which she hosted from 2006 to 2011. In May 2008 Saturday Live won Best UK Speech Programme at the Sony Awards. In 2010 readers of Radio Times voted Glover the 9th Most Powerful Voice on Radio.

In Autumn 2015, she also launched My Perfect Country on the BBC World Service – a show looking at successful public policy around the globe. Described by the Radio Times as ‘one of the best ideas on the radio’ the programme opened the UN ECOSOC session of 2016 in New York City at the invitation of the UN Secretary General. Two spin off series of My Perfect City were made in 2019.
Fi has also hosted a variety of other series for Radio 4 in the last decade including: Two Rooms, Shared Experience, Glass Half Full, Revolutionary Radio and has made several documentaries focusing on experiences of modern parenting with producer Sarah Cuddon – Listen Without Mother in July 2014, The Great Egg Freeze July 2014,The Expressing Room March 2018 and Dads and The Delivery Room in December 2019.

On television Fi has presented The Travel Show on BBC Two in the late 1990’s, in 2014 she hosted BBC One’s six part reality history show, 24 Hours in the Past , she has hosted several editions of Newsnight and appeared on Sport Relief Does Bake Off where Mary Berry described her cookies as ‘great for the family biscuit tin’. That still hurts Fi to this day.

Fi was Chair of Judges for the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2008, is a Fellow of the Radio Academy and a founder of Sound Women. She has been described by the Guardian as ‘velvet voiced’ but prefers the Mail on Sunday term ‘bucanneering’.

Jane Garvey

Jane Garvey co-presents the Times Radio afternoon show from 3-5pm with Fi Glover from Monday to Thursday. Jane and Fi also present the ‘best of’ podcast Off Air which accompanies their show.

Jane previously presented the hit BBC podcast Fortunately with Fi Glover. The podcast has been downloaded over 25 million times, was the 2018 winner of the ARIAS (Audio and Radio Industry Awards) Funniest Show and won Silver at the 2019 British Podcast Awards. In 2021 it was in the top 3 most listened to podcasts on BBC Sounds and has been No. 1 in the Apple podcast charts.

Jane is the Radio Times’ weekly television columnist and also presents a podcast for Radio Times.

During her time at the BBC Jane presented the flagship Radio 4 programme Life Changing where she talked to people who have lived through extraordinary events and discovered how these moments reshaped lives in the most unpredictable ways.

Jane presented BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour for 13 years and presented her final show at the end of 2020.

Jane has presented a wide range of documentaries for Radio 4 including the series, Summer Nights and The Lost World of the Suffragettes for BBC World Service. She has also narrated documentaries on television, including a recent Channel 5 programme on Dolly Parton.

Before she joined Radio 4 she co-presented Five Live’s Drive Show on weekday afternoons on BBC Radio Five Live, for which she received Sony’s News Broadcaster Award Gold Medal in 2002. Jane was the first voice on BBC Radio Five Live when it launched in March 1994, as co-presenter of the award-winning Breakfast Programme. As part of the station’s 20th anniversary Jane presented a special programme. Jane previously also presented the Sunday evening BBC 5 Live programme with Peter Allen.

Jane is also a Non-executive director for the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Jane’s first book, Did I Say that Out Loud? with Fi Glover was published in September 2021. Jane and Fi toured theatres across Britain discussing their book.

Outside of broadcasting, Jane has chaired events, including the Stratford Upon Avon Literary Festival as well as the Hay Literary Festival.

Joan Bakewell

Joan Bakewell’s career as a Broadcaster and Journalist has spanned eight decades.

Her on screen presenting started in the 1960s and she became a household name as one of the presenters of Late Night Line Up on BBC Two between 1965 and 1972.

In the 1970s Joan worked on programmes for the BBC: Where is Your God? Who Cares, The Affirmative Way and many Holiday programmes between 1974 and 1978. Joan also starred in 4 series of ITV Granada’s pioneering Reports Action, a series that first encouraged the public to contribute goods and services to good causes.

Subsequently, she returned to the BBC, and co-presented a late-night television arts programme, briefly worked on the BBC Radio 4 PM programme, and was Newsnight’s arts correspondent (1986–88).

In the 90s Joan became the main presenter of the ethics documentary series Heart of the Matter, which she presented for 12 years.

She presented ten series of the award-winning flagship Sky Arts series Portrait Artist of the Year and Landscape Artist of the Year, initially alongside Frank Skinner and later Stephen Mangan.

Joan presented a number of Panorama programmes for BBC1 including Life at 100 looking at life as a centenarian, Our Dirty Nation and Old, Drunk and Disorderly? in which she investigated the hidden problem of alcohol abuse in older people, and The Generation Game, in which she explored the challenges ahead in caring for an ageing population.

On radio Joan presented the Radio 3 series Belief and Radio 4’s Inside the Ethics Committee for many years. She also presented two series for Classic FM, Joan Bakewell’s Lovers which explored the love lives of classical music’s great composers and performers. Other radio documentaries include the BBC Radio 4 programme on Dementia, Suppose I Lose It.

She has served on the board of the National Theatre, The Aldeburgh Festival, and Friends of the Tate, Shared Experience and also of The National Campaign for the Arts.

Joan has written many books including She’s Leaving Home, All The Nice Girls, The View From Here: Life at Seventy, Belief, The Centre of the Bed, Stop the Clocks – Thoughts on What I Leave Behind, and most recently The Tick of Two Clocks about downsizing her home and her experiences through life.

Joan has written for various national broadsheets including articles for and columns in The Times, Guardian, The Independent and The Telegraph.

She was the government appointed ‘Voice of Older People’ between 2008 and 2010.

Joan was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the RTS Programme Awards 2016 and received a BAFTA Television Fellowship at the BAFTA TV Awards 2019.

Joan was made a CBE is 1999 and Dame in 2008. In January 2011 she took her seat in the House of Lords as Baroness Bakewell of Stockport. In April 2013, she became President of Birkbeck College.

The Joan Bakewell Archive is housed at the British Library. The papers can be accessed through the British Library catalogue.