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Chris Packham

Extraordinarily creative and prolific, Chris Packham has led a remarkable life. He’s gained recognition as a naturalist, television presenter, writer, photographer, conservationist, campaigner and filmmaker.

Broadcasting
Chris presents the BBC’s BAFTA award-winning long running series Springwatch and Winterwatch for which he is perhaps best known. He recently presented the multi award-winning series Inside our Autistic Minds for BBC Two and Channel 4’s Time to Break the Law.

He has also presented notable natural history series such as Earth, Nature’s Weirdest Events, World’s Weirdest Events, World’s Sneakiest Animals, Cats v Dogs, The Burrowers, Inside the Animal Mind, Operation Iceberg and Secrets of our Living Planet. He has also been a guest on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

During lockdown, he formed the free-to-view Self-Isolating Bird Club with his stepdaughter, Megan McCubbin.

Chris’ television presenting career began with the award winning ’Really Wild Show’ in 1986. He went on to present a string of other wildlife based shows including  ‘Wildshots’, ‘Wild Watch’, ‘Go Wild’, ‘X-Creatures’, ‘Postcards from the Wild’, ‘Hands on Nature’ and ‘Nature’s Calendar’.

Books
Chris’s autobiography, Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir, received critical acclaim, reaching No 1 in The Sunday Times Bestsellers in just two weeks and was featured as a Radio 4 Book of the Week. He has also written Amazing Animal Journeys, telling the story of the annual migration of animals around the world, from butterflies to whales.

His first photography book, 100 Things That Caught My Eye, was published in 2014 – an eclectic collection of his photographs accompanied by his thoughts and insights as he captured each shot.

Campaigning
A leading campaigner, Chris has always been active and vocal about wildlife and conservation issues and injustice. He is a vociferous opponent of the badger cull and a leading campaigner in the call to ban driven grouse shooting. In September 2019 Chris organised the UK’s first march for wildlife – The People’s Walk for Wildlife, London.

Chris is an ambassador for numerous wildlife and environmental NGOs and organises his own independent campaigns and actions. He campaigns for just transitions towards positive environmental necessities – from fossil fuels to renewable energies, from industrial and intensive animal agriculture to plant-based alternatives, from chemical dependent to regenerative farming, and from declining biodiversity to nature recovery. He is a passionate and vocal vegan.

Awards
Chris has received numerous awards including the Dilys Breese British Trust for Ornithology Medal for “his outstanding work in promoting science to new audiences”, Conservation Hero of the Year at the Birders’ Choice Awards organised by Birdwatch magazine and was named Britain’s second most influential conservation heroes in The Wildlife Power List featured in BBC Wildlife magazine. He is also a recipient of The Christopher Parsons Award for Outstanding Achievement in recognition of his significant contribution to wildlife filmmaking, conservation and the public’s understanding of the environment.

He has been made an honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Southampton, his alma mater.

Chris was appointed a CBE in the 2019 New Year’s honours list for services to wildlife and nature conservation.

He lives in the New Forest with his partner Charlotte and his two poodles, Sid and Nancy. His mantras are ‘winning is not giving up’ and ‘shout above the noise’.

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.

Alistair Bunkall

Alistair Bunkall is Sky News Middle East Correspondent.

He is a multi-award winning journalist who has reported from more than thirty countries on five continents and covered conflicts around the world from Yemen to Afghanistan, Syria, Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine, for which he was part of Sky’s Emmy winning entry in 2023.

Currently based in Jerusalem, he is the face of the channel’s coverage of the Israel-Hamas War and its wider regional repercussions.

Previously Defence and Security Correspondent for the channel for many years, he reported extensively on Islamic State and Al Qaeda and has been given unprecedented access to some of the UK’s most secretive establishments: GCHQ, the Trident nuclear deterrent, the country’s highly secure air command bunker and covert drone bases. He is one of the few journalists in the world to have reported from North Korea and secured the first ever interview with a North Korean official.

Alistair has reported on smuggling operations along the mountainous Lebanese-Syria border, with human traffickers in northern Iraq, the effect of climate change in Africa and in the Islamic State prison camps, including a rare interview with Shamima Begum. During the Covid pandeminc, he spent months in New York with his team as the US locked down and the death toll became the worst in the world.

Alistair has also been a central figure in Sky’s coverage of many elections including the 2020 US Presidential elections, votes in Turkey, Pakistan and the UK, the Eurozone crisis, humanitarian disasters around the world, and he was inside Windsor Castle for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh.

He has interviewed many world leaders including British Prime Ministers and world Presidents, military commanders and intelligence chiefs.

His 2023 exclusive interview with Benjamin Netanyahu, was described by Israeli newspapers Haaretz as “piercing” and “probably the last British interview Netanyahu will ever dare do”.

His personal podcast series Off the Record with Alistair Bunkall was a portfolio of interviews with world leaders including the NATO Secretary General, and Archbishop of Westminster. The episode with Sir Alex Younger was the first ever interview by a serving Chief of MI6 and made national headlines.

Alistair has deep knowledge of the Middle East and wider global security issues, and experience operating in some of the world’s most hostile zones. He is a highly experienced broadcaster with many hours of live television during his career and deploys at short notice to many of the biggest stories around the world.

Jon Kay

Jon Kay is a Chief Presenter on BBC Breakfast, the UK’s most-watched morning show. He co-hosts the live programme Monday-Wednesday every week – providing more than five million viewers with their daily fix of breaking news, political interviews, features, finance and fun.

Since joining the famous red sofa as a full-time host in 2022, Jon has played a key role in the BBC One team anchoring live coverage of major national events including the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and the Coronation of King Charles III.

A true all-rounder who is interested in everything and everyone, Jon has fronted a wide range of live programmes including BBC One’s Crimewatch, Radio 4’s Saturday Live, 5Live Drive – and a mid-Atlantic edition of The One Show marking the centenary of the Titanic disaster.

Jon has been a journalist for more than thirty years. You name it, he’s covered it – from crime scenes to courtrooms, riots to red carpets. He has worked as a correspondent in Los Angeles and Washington, as well as reporting from South Africa, Australia, Central America, Iraq – and every part of the UK.

With a first class degree in Politics from Exeter University, Jon has interviewed the Prime Minister inside 10 Downing Street and criss-crossed the United States presenting a series of road-trip reports for the US Presidential election. Straight-talking and unstuffy, Jon is highly experienced at interpreting and explaining complex and challenging subjects for global and national audiences.

During the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Jon co-presented a series of prime-time BBC One special programmes explaining the lockdown rules to an anxious nation. He has also fronted live outside broadcasts dealing with the cost-of-living crisis – chairing debates which include economists, politicians, business leaders and members of the public.

His style is reassuring, relatable, human and, when appropriate, cheeky. He famously discovered “Brenda from Bristol” while conducting vox-pops in the street during the 2019 General Election (“Not ANOTHER one!”)

People are always at the heart of Jon’s work. A trusted and empathetic broadcaster, in recent years he has led the BBC’s news coverage of the Madeleine McCann case and won a Royal Television Society documentary award for his BBC Panorama investigation which reunited a young man from Baghdad with the family who he thought had been killed in the Iraq War.

Jon’s award-winning true-crime series Fairy Meadow – about the mysterious disappearance of Cheryl Grimmer from an Australian beach – is one of the BBC’s most popular podcasts, with millions of global downloads. Judges at the British Podcast Awards praised Jon’s compassion and sensitivity. His online articles about this story and many others regularly appear in the most-read section of the BBC website.

Jon is passionate about children’s literacy and is currently the face of the UK’s biggest writing competition, 500 Words. In that role, he has promoted the contest across the media, in schools across the UK and is chairing the final judging panel at Buckingham Palace.

Born in Hull and brought up near Manchester, Jon has lived and worked all over the UK. He now splits his time between Salford and Bristol, where he lives with his wife, three children and elderly cocker spaniel.

Vanessa Baffoe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ali Fortescue

Ali Fortescue is a Political Correspondent at Sky News. She has been at the forefront of Sky’s coverage during some of the biggest political events of the decade, reporting live on Downing Street on the day Boris Johnson and Liz Truss resigned, following Rishi Sunak’s leadership campaign around the country and securing several exclusive with cabinet ministers. Ali’s interview with Boris Johnson in the weeks before he resigned was a memorable moment in the downfall of his premiership.

Her areas of interest, alongside British politics in general, include immigration (she regularly interviews senior home office ministers, including the Home Secretary) and European politics. She was one of two Sky Correspondents who covered the French election in Paris, following ‘Camp Le Pen’ in the build up to the election. In the weeks leading up to the outbreak of war in Ukraine Ali was sent to the Baltic States where she followed NATO exercises and reported live from the Russian border.

Ali also often presents Sky News’ weekly PMQs round-up, “PMQs unwrapped”, and data screens on big political days (for example the recent parliamentary inquiry into Boris Johnson). She regularly has an analysis slot on Kay Burley at Breakfast, called “Ali’s Take”. As well as TV, Ali also writes analysis for Sky News online, contributes to the weekly politics podcast and Sky’s social media channels.

Before Sky, Ali worked at BBC News, reporting for the News Channel and BBC Breakfast.

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

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.

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.

Jonathan Samuels

Jonathan has been a broadcast journalist for 25 years and is currently one of the main presenters for Sky News.

Jonathan began his career as a BBC trainee, starting at BBC Radio Cornwall and then moving into regional television. He was Chief Correspondent for Channel 5 news before becoming a Sky News foreign correspondent, based in Sydney.

As a reporter he has had a ringside seat at some of the biggest stories of recent years.

Jonathan was in Chicago when Obama won his first election, covered the missing miners in Chile, conflicts in the Middle East, protests in Hong Kong and Bangkok, tsunamis in Japan and Indonesia, bushfires in Australia, floods in Pakistan and Europe, terror attacks and royal tours.

For a number of months he was based in LA covering the Michael Jackson trial and also spent weeks following the search for missing plane MH370. He was in Rome when Italy became the first country outside China to go into Covid lockdown.

More recently he anchored hours of live coverage for the G7 summit, COP26, the fall of Kabul, partygate, the Ukraine war, platinum jubilee, death of Prince Philip, and council and by-election results.

Jonathan is adept at making people feel at ease when being interviewed with his natural warmth, authority and empathy.

Away from the tv cameras he is an experienced conference facilitator, awards host, master of ceremonies and speaker.

When not working he is a keen travel writer, plane enthusiast and author – his first novel is out any decade now.

Graham Rogers

Graham is an experienced television and radio presenter having worked for ITV, BBC, Sky and Classic Gold. He is a naturally inquisitive interviewer with a warm and trusted presentation style.

On radio, Graham has presented a live daily programme for BBC Radio Wiltshire. He was the presenter of the Classic Gold Networked Morning Show.

On television, Graham both produced and presented ITV’s Late-Night-Late & Nightime. He presented for Setanta Sports News, Simply Money and the Exercise Helping Hand documentaries in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

As a continuity announcer, Graham was the voice of ITV. He has provided the voice-over for many television and radio programmes including ITV’s National Television Awards & 60 Minute Makeover, Hello Goodbye for Sky, Football First for ITV2 and The Brightonomicon for BBC Audio.

He is an accomplished conference & event host. Graham was the lead host of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. He has hosted events for Microsoft, Iomega, Heist, Peugeot and The Institute of Directors Annual Convention at The Royal Albert Hall.

Graham has a keen interest in news, entertainment, travel, motoring and food.

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).

James Waterhouse

James Waterhouse is the Ukraine Correspondent for BBC News, bringing audiences a range of stories from across the country on radio, TV and online. He was appointed to the role in June 2022, after his acclaimed reporting as Kyiv Correspondent during the outbreak of the war, and is a regular presenter on the BBC’s Ukrainecast podcast.

His calm, clear and compelling reporting style connected with millions as he found himself on the frontline when Russia launched its full-scale invasion in early 2022.

James’ journalism career has seen him cover poaching in Malawi, the refugee crisis on the Syrian border, NATO exercises in the Arctic Circle as well as the Grenfell Tower disaster and three general elections.

He cut his teeth as a reporter for BBC Essex radio. He then went on to work as a BBC correspondent in UK domestic news, as a senior reporter for BBC London News and as a reporter on Radio 1 Newsbeat.

James also has commercial experience having worked as a reporter and news reader with both LBC and TalkRadio.

He’s built his reputation on serving non-traditional audiences by explaining often complicated stories in a simple way.

However, in the words of the Telegraph, his journey to one of the most prominent jobs in journalism is an “amazing” one.

Before his decade at the BBC, James was a professional rugby union player for the Rotherham Titans, Plymouth Albion and Esher from 2006 to 2011.

As his love for the sport started to wain at the age of 25, some well-timed advice from his Esher club chairman and broadcaster John Inverdale led to James taking up a post-graduate diploma in broadcast journalism.

From the moment he started the course at the London College of Communication, James knew he wanted to be a journalist.

Outside of the profession James regularly chairs or participates in panel discussions and corporate Q&As.

Simon Vigar

As one of the longest-serving Royal correspondents on British TV, Simon Vigar has interviewed and/or met most members of the Royal Family. He was one of the privileged few journalists to receive an invitation to the State funeral of Elizabeth II.

Simon has covered Royal tours from South Africa to the Solomon Islands, Barbados to Bhutan and had a front row seat at all the major Royal events in recent years. He has covered births, marriages, deaths and three jubilees and interviewed Princes Philip and Harry, Princess Anne and the then Duchess of Cornwall. Simon’s association with 5 News goes back to its launch in 1997 and he is the only remaining reporter from the original line-up. He has covered other major events including the Paris attacks, the 7/7 bombings, the Grenfell tragedy and London 2012.

Simon has also worked for some of the biggest players in radio including Capital, Heart and LBC and been a voiceover artist for Discovery, Sky Sports and Formula 1. He is passionate about improving diversity within journalism and, for many years, has been involved with the John Schofield Trust. Away from work, Simon is an authority on flags and is a question-setter for the top charity event in broadcast news, the fiendish Ultimate News Quiz.

Alex Thomson

Alex Thomson is a familiar figure in British TV news as both an award-winning correspondent and anchor on ITN’s Channel 4 News. He combines reporting on major national and international stories and war coverage with his studio presenting role on Channel 4’s in-depth 7pm nightly news.

He is a regular contributor in national press and magazines writing articles on media issues as well as news items arising out of his international roving reporter’s brief.

Alex hsa also fronted full-length current affairs documentaries for Channel 4’s Dispatches strand.

He was the Channel Four News correspondent in the Gulf states throughout the 1991 war, after which he wrote the Smokescreen an acclaimed account of media-military relations, published by Spellmount.

He has also written a travel book about India, published by Harper Collins in 1985, an account of his bicycle journey from the north to the south of the country.

Alex Thomson is an Honorary Fellow of Falmouth College of Journalism; an external examiner at Cardiff Journalism School and Advisory Committee Member of the Rory Peck Trust.

Before joining Channel 4 News, Alex Thomson worked for BBC Television and Radio. For two years he was reporter for the BBC Northern Ireland documentary programme Spotlight.

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

JOURNALISM AWARDS

BAFTA

Alex’s reports featured heavily in Channel 4 News’ BAFTA award for best news coverage for the Japan Tsunami, 2011.

His exclusive interview with the Bosnian Serb Commander Ratko Mladic was part of Channel 4 News’ BAFTA Award winning coverage for 1996.

ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY AWARDS

He won the prestigious Television Journalist of the Year award for 2012.

Another Dispatches he presented won Best Campaign and Season at the Royal Television Society’s Education Awards in 2008.

His investigation into the events surrounding Bloody Sunday won Best Home News Award at the Royal Television Society awards 1998. During 1990 he covered the dramatic events in Czechoslovakia and was one of the first foreign television correspondents into Romania where his reports won the Royal Television Society Award for Best International News coverage in 1990.

It was also part of the Channel 4 News submission which won the Amnesty International Press Award for news coverage and the overall programme award.

NEW YORK FILM & TV AWARDS

His coverage of Afghanistan was part of 2007’s Gold Medal Winning entry at the New York Film and TV Awards and his coverage of Serb massacres in Kosovo won a Bronze Medal at the 2000 awards.

His account of Hutu refugees returning to Rwanda after exile won a medal at the 1996 New York Film and Television Awards. It was also runner up in the One World Broadcasting Trust Awards of 1996.

His coverage of the Rwandan refugee crisis in Zaire won the 1995 International Critics Award at the Monte Carlo Film Festival and a prize at the wards. His report on the BNP by-election victory in Millwall won the 1994 Royal Television Society award for Best Home News story.

He won an award from the One World Broadcasting Trust for his report on Eritrea.

Liam Halligan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Nick Owen

Nick Owen has worked in regional and national television since the late seventies. He came to national prominence in 1983 as one of the first faces to appear on breakfast television in Britain.

He featured on ITV’s breakfast station TV-am on day one as a sports presenter before becoming the main anchorman within eight weeks. He was soon joined by Anne Diamond in a partnership that personified the early years of breakfast television in this country. Nick then moved from the dawn patrol to become ITV Sport’s main presenter for six years. During this time, he anchored the Olympic Games of 1988 and the football World Cup in 1990, as well as hosting hundreds of other programmes from here and abroad.

He and Anne Diamond were re-united in the nineties with their daytime show, Good Morning with Anne and Nick, on BBC 1. This ran for 600 programmes, before Nick moved to his current post as presenter of the regional news programme, BBC Midlands Today.

In 2004, Nick published his autobiography, In the Time of Nick and in 2006, he was awarded the Baird Medal by the Royal Television Society. He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Worcester.

Nick also chairs conferences and seminars and is a highly skilled conference facilitator and after dinner speaker. He has a wealth of experience hosting events and award ceremonies, both at home and abroad and was awarded Speaker of the Year 2010 by the Association of Speakers Club.

Nicholas Owen

Nicholas Owen is one of news broadcasting’s best-known faces. He re-joined BBC News in 2007 as a Presenter on the News Channel and BBC One bulletins. For well over a decade before that he hosted all ITN’s major bulletins, including Channel Four News and News at Ten. He has appeared too in a wide range of other TV and radio programmes, including BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2006. On radio, he presented shows on Classic FM for many years. He regularly appears on both the Camilla Tominey show and Mark Dolan Tonight on GB News.

From 1994 to 2000 he was Royal Correspondent for ITV News. In that capacity he played a major role in reporting on the death and funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, for which ITN won an RTS Award. He compiled a book on her life entitled “Diana: The People’s Princess”.

He was a regular contributor to ITN’s Budget programmes, having joined ITN originally as Channel Four News Business and Economics Correspondent. During the first Gulf War Nicholas presented the highly-acclaimed Midnight Special Programmes when they were launched on Channel Four. He also anchored The Parliament Programme, Channel Four’s first daytime political series.

Nicholas began his journalistic career on the Surrey Mirror in 1964, moving to national newspapers in 1968. He worked for the Evening Standard and the Daily Telegraph before spending seven years with the Financial Times.

In 1981 Nicholas switched to television reporting, joining the BBC in the North of England, covering general and industrial stories for both regional and national news and current affairs programmes. He moved to ITN in 1984.

Nicholas Owen was born in 1947. He has a close interest in transport matters, especially railways and light rail schemes. His publications include a history of the British trolleybus. His memoirs “Days Like This” were published in 2012. He is married to a newspaper journalist, lives in Surrey, has four children – and a dozen grandchildren.

Keme Nzerem

BAFTA nominated Keme is one of the most recognisable faces on Channel 4. In the media world he’s a journalist, presenter and film-maker.

He’s also a dynamic conference host, and has years of experience chairing and MCing complex multi day events involving keynotes, panels, and audience participation.

Washington – Moscow – Johannesburg – Rio – London – for the past two decades Keme has reported from around the globe on wide ranging issues from corruption, politics, and human rights – to sport. Keme’s work and his stories are known for nuance and sensitivity and have included major stories such as the Grenfell fire, paedophiles in football, World Cups & Olympic Games, the election of Barack Obama, and Hurricane Katrina.

Keme presented Channel 4 News’ BAFTA nominated Black to Front day coverage, which aimed to elevate Black stories and Black production staff. He’s also an RTS Journalism Award winner – narrating a film about the US troop surge in Iraq in 2007.

Keme is a trustee for the Ethical Journalism Network, which works to promote best practise in journalism.

And he recently co-founded Opening Up The Outdoors, a non profit that works to break down barriers for People of Colour in adventure sport and the great outdoors. He’s also Vice President of the Europe-wide Its Great Out There Coalition. This work is very dear to his heart; Keme a sought after judge on the global adventure film circuit, and his own social media is a window into his life long passions of back country skiing and cycling, from the Himalaya to the Cairngorms.

Keme is the proud father of two school age daughters.

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)

Stanley Johnson

Broadcaster, journalist, author, conservationist – Stanley Johnnson’s achievements are numerous, traveling the world in pursuit of animal welfare and spearheading environmental projects. Stanley has had many books published and regularly writes for newspapers and magazines on a range of topics – from politics and travel to society at large. He appears frequently on television and radio, guesting on news, current affairs and feature programmes. Stanley was part of the primetime BBC Two documentary A Week in the Wild, where three celebrities took on the iconic challenge of exploring Mexico’s famous Copper Canyon. He also featured in Channel 4’s recent series The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Growing Old.

Stanley was born in Cornwall in August 1940, and was educated at Ravenswood School, near Tiverton, Devon, Sherborne School, Dorset, and studied at Exeter College, Oxford, where he won a Stapeldon Scholarship in Classics. Since 1951 his family has farmed on Exmoor, on the Devon-Somerset border, and Stanley still manages the farm there today. He also has a home in London.

On leaving Oxford in 1963, Stanley was awarded a Harkness Fellowship to the United States in 1963. He is a former Conservative member of the European Parliament (MEP) where he served (1979-1984) as Vice Chairman of the Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection. He has also worked in the European Commission (1973-1979) as Head of the Prevention of Pollution division and (1984-1994) as Senior Adviser to DG Environment and as Director of Energy Policy. Before joining the Commission, Stanley served on the staff of the World Bank and the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Stanley has been an adviser to Price Waterhouse Coopers, a director of ERM, an environmental consultancy, a trustee of the Earthwatch Institute and Plantlife International and an environmental adviser to Jupiter Asset Management. He is currently Honorary President of the Gorilla Organisation (www.gorillas.org) and an Ambassador for the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) (http://www.cms.int/)

He has had eleven books published dealing with environmental issues, including the Politics of the Environment, the Earth Summit and the Environmental Policy of the European Communities. He has also had nine novels published, including The Commissioner which was made into a film starring John Hurt. Stanley’s book, Where The Wild Things Were, is a collection of travel and environmental journalism.

The first volume of his memoir “Stanley I Presume” was published to critical acclaim (‘hilarious and rip-roaring’) in 2009.  The second volume: “Stanley I Resume: further recollections of an exuberant life” was published in 2014.

Stanley’s most recent publication, Kompromat, a satirical thriller was published in 2017 and is being developed for television.

In 1984 he was awarded the Greenpeace Prize for Outstanding Services to the Environment and in the same year the RSPCA Richard Martin award for services to animal welfare. In 2014, he received the WWF Silver Medal, and in 2015 he also received the RSPB Medal and WWF-International’s Leader of the Living Planet Award for his work on the EU Habitats Directive and Natura 2000, the Europe-wide network of protected areas. In 1962 he won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry.

Stanley has four children by his first marriage to the painter Charlotte Johnson-Wahl: Boris, Rachel, Leo and Joseph. He also has two children, Julia and Maximilian, by his second marriage to Jennifer.

Patrick Jephson

Best-selling author Patrick Jephson is a consultant, broadcaster and award-winning journalist based in Washington DC. He writes, presents and advises on factual and drama programmes, appearing on every major US network as well as cable and international platforms worldwide.

In a notable recent assignment, he advised on several seasons of the acclaimed Netflix drama The Crown. His byline has appeared in every major UK newspaper and international titles as varied as TIME magazine, Vanity Fair, People, The Spectator, Paris Match, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the National Catholic Reporter. He is also a published authority on corporate and personal branding, addressing conferences on all six continents as well as events at the US State Department, the American University and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Patrick owes much of his practical communications experience to Princess Diana, who chose him to be her equerry and only private secretary/chief of staff. He served the Princess for eight years (1988-96), responsible for every aspect of her public life, worldwide humanitarian initiatives, and private organization. Under relentless media scrutiny, his tenure covered the period of Princess Diana’s greatest popularity as well as the constitutional controversy of her divorce from Prince Charles.

In 2022 he received an unreserved apology and substantial damages from the BBC when it was revealed that Panorama journalist Martin Bashir falsified documents to deceive Princess Diana that Patrick had betrayed her. He donated all the damages to the Ty Hafan Children’s hospice, the final patronage he arranged for Diana.

Patrick was born and raised in Ireland and holds a Master’s degree in political science from Cambridge University. A keen amateur historian, his ancestors include notable courtiers to Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and William III. As an officer in the Royal Navy, he served all over the world before being selected for royal duty. In March 2015 he became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

Patrick is currently working on a variety of publishing and television projects in the UK, USA and Australia. A qualified private pilot, he has recently added travel writing to his portfolio.

He is married to Mary Jo Jacobi, formerly special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and Assistant Secretary of Commerce to President George H W Bush.

Lord Bernard Hogan-Howe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daniel Henry

Daniel Henry is a Sky News Correspondent.

He was previously with ITV London, where his empathetic and sensitive approach to storytelling marked him out as one to watch.

He spent 8 years at the BBC reporting for Newsnight, BBC Africa, and BBC Three.

His stories have taken him around the world – from Barbados to Burnley!

Daniel pitched, originated, led and developed the investigation into former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood over many months – before sharing his findings with The Guardian and other BBC colleagues to create the BBC Three film, ‘Abuse Of Power’.

It won a British Journalism Award in December 2022, with judges describing it as “brave, painstaking work”.

Daniel has presented a number of documentaries in recent years – including ‘Computer Says No’, ‘Barbados – Road To A Republic’, and ‘Britain After George Floyd’.
His debut film, ‘African Diaspora Diaries’, was nominated at MIPCOM in Cannes for its coverage of race and ethnicity.

He is a trustee of the Ethical Journalism Network – and part of the advisory board for the networking group We Are Black Journos.
He has co authored reporting guidelines on the coverage of race and mental health for the Media Trust.

Daniel has drawn on those guidelines to deliver a series of lectures to journalism students.

He draws on his personal growth and goals to write for an online platform called called Fundamental.

He has hosted events at Snapchat, the BBC and Coca Cola’s European headquarters – exploring issues raised by his storytelling through panel discussions and speaking engagements.

He intends to continue making long form films while reporting on the capital for ITV News.

Tim Harford OBE

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

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

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

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

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

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

He lives in Oxford with his wife and three children.

Geoff Cutmore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adam Boulton

Adam Boulton is a pioneering broadcaster and veteran political journalist.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adrian Goldberg

Adrian Goldberg is an award-winning journalist and presenter.

Adrian is currently Editor and presenter of the Byline Times podcast, having written print articles for the British news organisation up until late 2023. Adrian also both produces and presents The Liquidator podcast, a fan podcast centring around the football team he supports – West Bromwich Albion.

He has presented a variety of programmes on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, across all English local radio and BBC WM. Adrian previously presented his own weekly show, 5 Live Investigates, looking at topical current affairs issues. He has also presented an ITV Tonight on the subject of housing for the elderly.

Adrian has won awards for his work including the Gillard Gold Award for Original Journalism and two Midlands Media Awards.

He has presented a number of live programmes for BBC radio. He presented coverage of Brexit and the 2019 General Election for local radio stations throughout England. For BBC Radio 5 he presented ‘The Holocaust – My Family Story’. For Radio 4 he presents the Report, File on Four and to great recent acclaim, a two-part series on mixed marriage, One to One. Adrian previously presented on TalkSport.

Former BBC One Watchdog and Politics Show presenter, Adrian made his name as an independent film-maker, following the release of his controversial investigative documentary Manchester Disunited And Other Football Feuds. It earned a rave “four-star” review in The Observer.

Adrian wrote a weekly column for the Birmingham Mail and previously edited edgy news and politics website, The Stirrer.

Antoine Allen

Antoine Allen is a presenter and reporter for ITV News. He has been shortlisted for many journalism awards due to exclusive interviews and engaging reports and documentaries.
Antoine reports for the ITV current affairs series On Assignment, presents Good Morning Britain’s London bulletins and ITV London’s late show.

Many of Antoine’s reports for ITV News have been viewed extensively online. His reports cover a wide range of subjects including police brutality, crime and community interest stories. Antoine was commissioned to cover the rise in gun crime in Sweden and the impact on its marginalised communities. Antone’s work was shortlisted at the British journalism awards.

Antoine frequently conducts live and exclusive interviews for broadcast, live events and conferences.

He has written for The Guardian on race and technology and his own blog tackles topics from relationships to movie reviews. Antoine was a regular co-presenter on Penny Smith’s weekend TalkRadio show.

Antoine frequently reports for ITV’s coverage of the FA Cup. His pre and post-match interviews with Boreham Wood’s manager and players were widely shared across the media.
He was the youngest nominee shortlisted by the Sports Journalists Association in 2022 as Broadcast Journalist of the Year, having secured exclusive interviews with boxer Anthony Yarde about the death of his father and grandmother to covid, Jahid Ahmed about the racism he faced as a cricketer, and Arsene Wenger about invincible season with Arsenal.

Antoine’s live sports presenting has included being the fan zone presenter for ICC England and Wales Cricket World Cup, he presented the Sail GP in Plymouth and was the Twickenham stadium presenter for two England Rugby internationals.

Antoine’s interview with Anthony Joshua for ITV News has been viewed nearly one million times. He has interviewed many of the biggest names in politics, entertainment, sport and media. VIPs such as Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya. nominee Kristen Stewart; the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt; rugby legends Martin Johnson, Jason Robinson and Jonah Lomu; football legends, Arsène Wenger, Sir Geoff Hurst, Jose Mourinho, and many current managers and players like Frank Lampard, Mikel Arteta, Patrick Vieira and England captain Leah Williamson plus former world champions Sir Lewis Hamilton, Sir Mo Farah, Frank Bruno; as well as many others from the world of business, fashion and popular culture.

Antoine was born in Northampton, and studied at Northampton School for Boys. He graduated in War Studies at King’s College London.
Before reporting for ITV News, Antoine presented his first international documentary about Black Face in Europe, for Maffick Media in Germany.

Antoine has over 200k followers across social media, due to his reports, writing and live event hosting.

Antoine has hosted many conferences and awards events. He was even the live presenter of the World Championship for Bartenders in Berlin, a 4 hour live non-scripted show.

Tim Bouverie

Tim Bouverie is a historian and journalist. His first book Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War was a Sunday Times Bestseller and was shortlisted for the prestigious Orwell Prize. The book has been translated into eleven languages and is regarded as the first major narrative account of appeasement.

Having studied history at Oxford, Tim worked on historical and political documentaries before joining Channel 4 News, where he worked as a political journalist alongside Michael Crick.

During Tim’s four and a half years at Channel 4, he covered almost every significant political event, including two General Elections and the Scottish and EU referendums.

Tim regularly reviews history and politics books for The Times, Spectator, Observer and Daily Telegraph and has written for the Wall Street Journal.

Tim’s second book, Perfect Pitch: 100 pieces of classical music to bring joy, tears, solace, empathy, inspiration (& everything in between) was published in October 2021. He is currently writing a new book on Allied diplomacy during WWII.

A confident public speaker, Tim has given lectures and after dinner speeches across the United States and Britain and is a regular contributor to the Chalke Valley History Festival, where he has interviewed John Major, Peter Mandelson, George Osborne and Alan Johnson. For the last two years he has hosted a series of interviews for the Birley Clubs with guests including, Joanna Lumley, Ben Macintyre and Max Hastings.

‘One of the most promising young historians to enter our field for years’ – Max Hastings

‘Appeasing Hitler is the stunning debut of a major new narrative historian.’ – Professor Margaret Macmillan

‘Brilliant and sparkling … reads like a thriller. I couldn’t put it down’ – Peter Frankopan

‘The best account of the subject that I have ever read… Not only dramatic but sparkling and
witty’ – Professor Sir Michael Howard

Paul Brand

Paul Brand is the UK Editor for ITV News and presenter of ITV’s current affairs programme Tonight, covering the defining stories of our time. He regularly reports and has guest presented on Good Morning Britain, as well as providing expert analysis for Lorraine. He is a presenter on LBC Radio, as well as ITV’s Peston show.

In 2021/2022 he won a string of national and international awards, including London Press Club Broadcaster of the Year, for his explosive scoops revealing the partygate scandal. His exclusives included the infamous video of Downing Street staff laughing and joking about a Christmas Party and damaging revelations about Boris Johnson’s lockdown-breaking birthday party.

In 2020 he was named Political Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards as the foremost journalist reporting on the Covid-19 pandemic in the care sector. His investigations were the first to reveal that patients were being systematically discharged from hospitals into care homes without testing, and he was the only journalist to secure an exclusive interview with the then Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, about the unfolding scandal. His reporting was also raised at Prime Minister’s Questions.

Paul’s impactful investigations across a spectrum of subjects have repeatedly changed government policy, most recently forcing the government to u-turn and reinstate its pledge to ban so-called conversion therapy. His undercover reporting on the practice has been repeatedly referenced in Parliament and earned him Broadcaster of the Year at the Pink News Awards 2018.

Outside of work, Paul is a patron of the charity Just Like Us and a co-founder of the initiative School Diversity Week, both of which try to make schools a happy environment for LGBT+ pupils.

Michael Buerk

Michael Buerk has probably won more international awards for television reporting than any other British journalist most notably for his coverage of the Ethiopian famine for BBC News in 1984/5. His reports filmed with the Nairobi-based cameraman, Mohamed Amin alerted the world to the extent of the tragedy. They were shown worldwide, to an audience of billions. They led directly to a massive international relief effort itself valued in billions of dollars, which was estimated to have saved well over a million lives.

He was named “Television Journalist of the Year” by the Royal Television Society in 1984 and won a second RTS award that year for foreign reporting. He has won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for factual broadcasting. He has been awarded the “Golden Nymph” at the Monte Carlo Film and Television Festival Europe’s premier prize for television journalism and the United States “National Headliner” and “George Polk” awards, two of the three most important honours there for broadcasters.

In 1988 he was the third recipient of the James Cameron Memorial award, given for “work as a journalist that combined moral vision and professional integrity” in his coverage of the township uprising and state of emergency in South Africa.

Michael is chairman of The Moral Maze, the BBC Radio 4’s discussion programme on moral and ethical issues.

He also presents regular television series including Britain by Boat, two series of How the Victorians Built Britain, The Blitz: Britain on Fire, Celebrity 5 Go Barging and Britain’s Great Pensions Crisis on Channel 5. He has also presented the BBC One daytime series Royal Recipes and Heir Hunters and Britain’s Secret Treasures and Pompeii with Michael Buerk for ITV. On Channel 4 he has reported for several Dispatches documentaries and also presented the one-off Can I Improve My Memory?

Michael started at BBC TV News in 1973. He was a network reporter from 1973-1976, industrial correspondent (1976/7), Energy Correspondent (1977/9), Scotland Correspondent (1979/80), Special Correspondent (1980/2), Southern Africa Correspondent (1983/7).

He presented BBC Television’s flagship news programme, The Ten O’clock News and the peak-time BBC 1 programme about emergencies, 999.

Michael presented many other television and radio programmes for the BBC including major events such as the Royal Wedding of Prince Edward, the Solar Eclipse in 1999 and the BBC’s Millennium night coverage; BBC One’s Tobacco Wars, Soul of Britain and the three-part series The Hand of God in 2003. He also presented The Choice for Radio 4, a single interview programme about individual dilemmas.

He narrated the popular Sky One series Pineapple Dance Studios. He also appeared on reality shows I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here in 2014.

Michael’s autobiography, The Road Taken, was published by in 2004.

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

Mike Bushell

Sports presenter Mike Bushell is unique. As well as presenting the main sports bulletins of the day he has profiled and personally sampled nearly 400 different sports and activities during Saturday morning slot on Breakfast. This is believed to be a world record and he also holds the unusual world record, for crossing one mile of water in a large inflatable ball known as a zorb, or waterwalker. This was for sport relief and with oxygen breaks, it took Mike 1 hour 57 seconds.

Mike is now well known to a wider audience after appearing on Strictly Come Dancing, attracting a large following and praise of his progression through the competition. He also danced on the Strictly Come Dancing tour, performing in major arenas throughout the UK, including the Birmingham NIA and the London 02.

Mike’s Saturday Breakfast slot started in 2006, with the aim being to prove there is a sport out there for all. He’s the guinea pig, going into bat on behalf of the beginner, trying to inspire others like him off the sofa at the weekend, to try something new. As well as profiling main stream sports events, with the top stars, whether it be a game of tennis against Novak Djokovic, or trying to bowl out Alistair Cook, he has often featured different new initiatives by well-known sports which are trying to tempt in new participants, by becoming more accessible. These have included Rush Hockey, and Cage Cricket. However, many of the hundreds of activities and sports he has featured, will be ones most people haven’t heard of before. Whether it be nurdling, or tchouckball, or shin kicking, whip cracking, bog snorkelling, or even worm charming, they all have one thing in common: they bring people together, exercising, getting fitter, and gaining confidence. They engage peoples’ passion, take up their weekends and show the power of sport. Mike says : “I am determined to prove that however un-sporty someone might feel, there is definitely out there, a sport for everyone.” You can now read about some of Mike’s suggestions and experiences discovering new sports in the book Bushell’s Best Bits.

Mike has vast experience of covering big sporting events, having reported and presented on the Olympics, Paralympics, the Winter games, Football World Cups, Commonwealth Games, and Asian Games. He has reported on these for Breakfast, the BBC News Channel and BBC World.

Mike has always been a keen sportsman, having played football, cricket and hockey at school. He also represented the county of Hertfordshire, at Chess, but it’s cross country running that he really excelled in, and in the 1980’s as a teenager, he ran 175miles in 6 days, setting off from his new home in Yorkshire to his old one in Hertfordshire, to raise money for charity.

Mike’s other passion was in acting, after he was spotted by the National Youth Theatre. He spent four years there and a degree in theatre and television followed, but while trying to make ends meet as an actor, he broke into journalism on a local newspaper in Winchester and the rest is history.

After a break from his journalism course (to tour Europe as lead singer in a rock band) he returned to newspapers in Derby and Windsor, before joining the BBC in 1990 as a reporter with Radio Solent.

In a way he was back to his roots. He wrote and published his own first newspaper called “The Daily Owl”, as an eager 8 year old.

His big TV break came with a job on the Isle of Wight – as the BBC reporter there for BBC South Today. Once there, after spells reading the news and presenting a Millennium history series, his passion for and knowledge of sport, shone through and he ended up reporting and presenting sport for BBC South.

Mike was on of the first faces on air when News 24 started in 1997 (now the BBC News channel), and still occasionally presents the sport on BBC News.

As well presenting duties on Breakfast, he has been doing some reporting for the programme, including the story of the robot camel jockeys that have saved the lives of children in the Middle East.

Mike’s hobbies include still playing football, (he supports Leeds United) running, (often with the Hash House Harriers), music, theatre and he spends most of his spare time with his wife Emily and his three daughters, from his previous marriage, and he’s hoping to eventually find a sport for all of them.

Michael Crick

Michael has been journalist for more than 40 years and was a founding member of Channel 4 News in 1982, and later served as the programme’s Washington Correspondent. He joined the BBC in 1990 and worked on Panorama before joining Newsnight in 1992. He was political editor of Newsnight from 2007-11 and then re-joined Channel 4 News as political correspondent from 2011 until 2019. He later presented his own show on Mail Plus, The Michael Crick report.

Michael has also presented Dispatches programmes for Channel 4 including Boris v Dave: The Battle for Europe and Plebs, Lies and Videotape. He has presented on LBC Radio together with a number of programmes for BBC Radio 4 including How to Win a Tory Leadership Election and the ten-part series Tales from the Lobby.

He won Royal Television Society awards in 1989 and 2002 and has twice been awarded RTS Specialist Journalist of the Year, in 2013 and 2017. In 2018 he was awarded the prestigious Charles Wheeler Award.

Crick is the author of several books, including biographies of Nigel Farage, David Butler, Arthur Scargill, Jeffrey Archer and Alex Ferguson, and of Michael Howard and Michael Heseltine.

It has been said that the five most terrifying words in the political lexicon are: “Michael Crick is in reception”. It has also been said that “One of the crowning glories of the uncodified British constitution is called “Michael Crick”.”
Former special advisor to the Office of the Prime Minister, Theo Bertram, said of Michael – “If I was a Minister, I’d sooner face a million angry Tweeters & their online petitions, than one Michael Crick.”

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.

Peter Frankopan

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is Senior Research Fellow of Worcester College and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He works on the history of the Eastern Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Central Asia and China. His work on the history of the Crusades as ‘overturning a millennium of scholarship’ and making ‘the most significant contribution to rethinking the origins and course of the First Crusade for a generation.’

His book, The Silk Roads: A New History of the world has been described as ‘magnificent’ (Sunday Times) ‘ dazzling’ (Guardian), ‘a rare book that makes you question your assumptions about the world’ (Wall St Journal), ‘a treasure’ (Libre Belgique), ‘phenomenal’ (Die Welt), ‘a joy’ (Le Point) and ‘not just the most important history book in years, but the most important in decades’ (Berliner Zeitung). A New York Times Bestseller, it has topped the Non-Fiction charts all around the world, including in the UK, India and China.

His second book The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World was published in November 2018. It is a ‘masterly mapping out of a new world order’ (Evening Standard) and nothing less than ‘a state of the world address’ (The National).

Peter’s most recent book The Earth Transformed: An Untold History, traces the history of the natural world, the disasters it has faced and our part in them – ‘The Earth Transformed is Sapiens for grown-ups … it holds lessons for a world grappling with rapid climate change caused by human industry’ (Sunday Times). This is a ‘spellbinding’ (Financial Times) ‘Elegant and cogently argued’ (Publishers Weekly) book with ‘the intellectual weight and dramatic force of a tsunami’ (The Times) – ‘A dazzling compendium of global research’ (Spectator).

He works with UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation) on the future of sustainable cities and on the Belt and Road Initiative. In 2017, he was appointed Senior Advisor and Academic Expert to a major project for the World Bank and Department for International Development (DFID) on Transport Corridors in South Asia. Professor Frankopan advises governments, inter-government agencies, multi-lateral institutions and corporations around the world about geopolitics.

Peter writes regularly for the press in the UK, US, China and South Asia about international affairs. He has presented his own podcast series with Global, I’ve Been Thinking…with Peter Frankopan, meeting and debating with high profile and topical interviewees. Peter also presents the Legacy podcast, which looks at the lives of some of the extraordinary men and women who have ever lived, asking whether they have the reputations they deserve.

Peter is frequently interviewed on Channel 4 News and Sky News and has commented extensively on the state of current relations between the East and West.

David Fitzgerald

David FitzGerald has been in the media for over forty two years, covering television presentation, programme production, corporate and commercial presentations plus script writing, commercial voice overs and an after-dinner speaker (with a strong line in comedy). Leaving the BBC, he is now concentrating on event presentation such as The Festival of Remembrance service, the International Dementia Conference and the South West Business and Tourism Awards.

Starting in radio in 1980, David moved through ILR and into television by 1986. Based with TSW in Plymouth, he started working on the production side of programmes and soon made a name for himself as a scriptwriter. By 1994 he had joined the presentation side of Sky News and covered every major world event from the arrest of O.J.Simpson to Waiko and the Oklahoma bombings. David covered the death of Diana Princess of Wales, the war in Bosnia, General Elections, Royal Weddings and every major headline grabbing story for seven years.

Over the years he has written for Spitting Image, won The Olympic Committee’s award for television production for The Red Arrows Documentary and even appeared as a question in Trivial Pursuit! He has written five children’s books with Falkland’s veteran Simon Weston CBE. He has also toured with Simon telling his life story with theatre dates from Glasgow to Gibraltar.

David is an experienced after dinner speaker working throughout Great Britain and on cruises.

Gamal Fahnbulleh

Gamal Fahnbulleh is an experienced anchor with ITV Granada Reports – ITV’s regional award-winning news programme for the North West of England.

Born in West Africa, Gamal moved to London with his family in 1986. After graduating with a BA Honours from Manchester University in Politics and History he went on to do a Masters Degree in International Politics before enrolling on a postgraduate diploma course in Broadcast Journalism at City University. While at City, he was one of only ten candidates nationally to be selected for the ITV News Group Bursary Scheme in 2005.

He has worked extensively with the British Army as two North West regiments trained and prepared for a six-month tour of Afghanistan at home and overseas. In the summer of 2010 he was embedded in Nad-e Ali, Afghanistan with the First Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. In that year ITV Granada received the award for Best Regional Story, ‘Our Troops in Afghanistan’ at the RTS North West Awards.

Gamal has also worked for Sky News where he held both solo and co-anchor positions across the day’s output, including flagship programmes Sky News Breakfast, Sky News Tonight and Sky News at Ten. When Gamal was not conducting interviews with high profile politicians and celebrities or carrying out the morning and evening newspaper review, he was delivering ‘Breaking News’ in a fast-paced journalistic environment handling rolling news and live updates.

Gamal has also worked for ITV Breakfast as the Northern based Correspondent for Good Morning Britain and worked extensively on the Hillsborough enquiry. He has also worked as a reporter for ITN.
When not working, Gamal has a love of all things history and spends his free time reading fact based novels from the classical and medieval period. He is also a self-confessed film buff and will happily lose an evening to some classic cinema or the latest blockbuster.

Having specialised in African and Middle Eastern politics and history at university he maintains his interest in these areas and travels back to West Africa when he can, visiting family. He looks to combine his passion for travelling with his love for food and enjoys experiencing new cultures and destinations with his wife Liz, whenever possible. Both have an interest in emerging themselves in new cultures and traditions.

A talented sportsman growing up, Gamal represented his school, county and region in Rugby and hockey. He remains a keen fitness fanatic, living by the mantra that a healthy body is a healthy mind.

Tim Ewart

Tim Ewart is a royal commentator. He frequently appears on NBC’s channels, including MSNBC discussing royal news, including the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, the death and funeral of HM The Queen and the Coronation of King Charles III.

Tim was ITV News’ Royal Editor from 2009 to 2017 covering all major tours, the Diamond Jubilee, the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the birth of two royal babies and celebrations for the Queen’s longest reign and 90th birthday, as well as interviewing all the senior royals.

During his long career at ITN, he was the correspondent in Africa, Moscow, Warsaw and Washington, and Sports Editor, covering many of the biggest international stories – from the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union to The Olympics. He has reported from over 100 countries.

He also found the time to write two royal books: “Queen Elizabeth II, A Celebration of Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday” and “The Treasures of Queen Elizabeth ll.

He also presented BBC News South East for three years.

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.

Dani Sinha

Dani has been a presenter with ITN for several years after a long stint at the BBC. She was involved with the launch of ITVX and was a familiar face on ITV News as a roving reporter whilst working on special investigations.

She is a very recognisable face on 5 News and often presents the main show at 5 as well as evening updates. She has covered big moments such as the pandemic, Brexit and the Extinction Rebellion protests. She is just as comfortable grilling top ministers as she is talking to celebrities.

Before this, Dani could be seen and heard on various BBC outputs, including BBC World News covering big moments such as the Paris terror attack, Brexit, the missing plane MH370 and the annexation of Ukraine. She was also a regular business presenter covering the markets on the News Channel.

Dani is mixed race herself and hails from Liverpool. She works with a number of charities and has hosted various corporate events. She is a versatile presenter.

Parm Sandhu

Parm Sandhu is a remarkable individual whose journey has broken barriers and paved the way for change. With a distinguished career in law enforcement and a commitment to advocating for women’s rights and diversity, Parm has left an indelible mark on both the media industry and society at large.

Parm Sandhu made history as the first and to date only Asian Female Chief Superintendent of the Metropolitan Police Service, a role that showcased her exceptional leadership skills and dedication to public service. After more than three decades of service, Parm retired from the police force in 2020, leaving behind a legacy of achievement and empowerment.

But her impact goes beyond her official title. Parm is a tireless advocate for women and individuals, using her platform to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. Her activism and commitment to women’s rights have made her a beacon of inspiration for countless individuals.

Parm’s influence extends beyond law enforcement. She has become a familiar face in the media landscape, frequently appearing as a radio and TV broadcaster and consultant on policing matters. From news and discussion programs on prestigious platforms like BBC, Sky and CNN to documentaries that shed light on important social issues, Parm’s contributions resonate with audiences worldwide.

Parm’s authenticity and resilience have made her a sought-after speaker and motivator. Her experiences growing up as one of six children in a household where English wasn’t spoken, overcoming the challenges of forced marriage at a young age, and enduring domestic violence have given her a unique perspective on resilience and triumph. Parm’s presentations are captivating, evocative, and thought-provoking, leaving audiences inspired to overcome their own obstacles.

In her poignant memoir, “Black and Blue,” Parm shares her extraordinary journey from a difficult childhood to the upper echelons of the police force. Her story is one of perseverance in the face of discrimination and adversity. The book is a testament to her courage and determination, making it a must-read for those seeking inspiration and insight into the challenges of breaking down barriers.

Parm’s commitment to education and advocacy is unwavering. As a director of the London Policing College and an Associate Lecturer at the University of West London, she imparts her wealth of knowledge to the next generation of law enforcement professionals. Parm remains dedicated to combating violence against women and girls, speaking at conferences and leading workshops to foster awareness and change.

Additionally, Parm’s passion for mentorship shines through in her support of officers and staff in their developmental journeys. She’s an active member of the International Association of Women Police and contributes to equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts.

Parm Sandhu’s life story is a testament to the power of determination, resilience, and the pursuit of justice. Her impact as a trailblazer, advocate, and speaker continues to inspire individuals across the globe, encouraging them to challenge boundaries and create positive change.

Libby Potter

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

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

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

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

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.

Mary-Ann Ochota

Mary-Ann is a familiar presence on national and international television and radio, presenting for networks including the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, National Geographic and Smithsonian. She has written and presented radio documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service, and hosted podcasts for Audible, Wiley and the BBC.

Mary-Ann used her archaeological and science journalism expertise co-presenting the popular Smithsonian series Mystic Britain and got hands on with historic boats for BBC Two’s Britain Afloat and walked in the footsteps of the ancients on the Ridgeway trail for BBC’s Countryfile. Mary-Ann presented Secrets of Stonehenge for English Heritage, is a regular on History’s Ancient Top 10 and Ancient Impossible, and was co-presenter on the penultimate series of cult archaeology show, Time Team. She’s the co-host of the sci comm podcast This Study Shows, for Wiley, now in its third series.

As an anthropologist, her empathy and insight into human behaviour and culture come to the fore. This summer she was Walking the Iron Curtain for the BBC World Service, discovering the legacy of the border for people and wildlife. For Living on the Roof of the World (Discovery Networks) Mary-Ann spent seven weeks filming with herders, farmers and pilgrims on the high Tibetan plateau. She was also part of the presenting team for Time of Xi (Discovery Asia), exploring the realities of life in modern China. For BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service, she has investigated male circumcision (Why We Cut Men), the global sanitation scandal (A Dirty Secret), and met the military veterans using archaeology to recover their mental health (Open Country: Exercise Shallow Grave). Expedition documentaries for Animal Planet have taken her to the Chernobyl nuclear exclusion zone (Life After: Chernobyl), and to investigate real cases of extraordinary child survival in Fiji, Uganda and Ukraine (Raised Wild).

Trusted as an warm, informed and agile interviewer, Mary-Ann has chaired public events for museums and institutes including the Science Museum, British Museum and Royal Institution, and presented her own work at literary, science and culture festivals, including Chip Lit, How the Light Gets In and HistFest. She’s also in demand for corporate work, and offers specific expertise in equity, diversity and inclusion.

Mary Ann’s forthcoming book, The Briefest History of Humanity will be published in 2024 by Pan Macmillan. It explores the science of ourselves – from lowly origins, our species has been so wildly successful, we’ve inadvertently transformed the planet, both for ourselves and all other life on Earth. How did humans do it, was it inevitable, and what might the journey so far tell us about the road ahead?

Mary-Ann’s previous books have celebrated archaeology for a wide readership: Secret Britain profiles mysterious sites and artefacts from around the country; Hidden Histories: A Spotter’s Guide to the British Landscape, reveals the history of the countryside, with tips on identifying everything from burial mounds and ancient trails to historic pubs. It was shortlisted in the Current Archaeology Awards, and selected as a New Statesman Book of the Year.

Mary-Ann regularly previews the papers for Sky News, reports and presents for ITN Business, has contributed to BBC News and BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent. She writes a regular column for TGO outdoors magazine, and has features regularly commissioned for publications including the Telegraph, Guardian, Countryfile Magazine, BBC Wildlife Magazine and The Week Junior.

Mary Ann is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a Hill Walking Ambassador for the British Mountaineering Council. She is a trustee of the John Muir Trust, the wild places charity, a patron of the Ridgeway National Trail, and a patron of the Tony Trust, which gives bursaries to underprivileged kids to access outdoor adventure. She’s also an ambassador for global sanitation charity Toilet Twinning. Mary-Ann also serves as a member of the Landscape Advisory Panel for Natural England, advising the government’s statutory body on access and equity issues, and people’s engagement with heritage.

Mary-Ann has an MA in Archaeology & Anthropology from Cambridge University. She is an experienced cold water UK scuba diver, enthusiastic horse rider and keen walker, passionate about encouraging more people to get outside and reconnect with natural places. She was proud to be shortlisted for Outdoor Personality of the Year in the TGO Magazine Reader Awards in 2021. Mary-Ann is a qualified Mental Health First Aider.

Sally Osman

Sally is the former Director of Royal Communications for Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Household. She also led communications at the BBC and has significant experience in understanding the practicalities and impact of soft power to help address modern leadership challenges.

She also led communications for SONY Europe, SKY television and UK broadcaster Channel 5, all during periods of market transformations, commercial challenges, innovation and crisis, learning valuable lessons under intense reputational and political pressures and public/media scrutiny.

Now a Senior Advisor at global CEO strategic advisory firm Teneo and a Meyler Campbell-accredited leadership coach, Sally is a board director of the Courtauld Institute of Art, of the English National Opera and a trustee of Our Future Health, the UK’s largest ever health research programme, developing new ways to prevent, detect and treat diseases.

Sally participated in the television coverage of the deaths of the Duke of Edinburgh and HM The Queen for the BBC, CNN and CTV in Canada.

Having started her career in newspaper and magazine journalism after studying law at Exeter University, Sally is an alumnus of the Wharton Business School, a Fellow and former Vice Chair of the Royal Television Society and member of The Marketing Group of Great Britain.

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.

Dr. Sian Williams

Dr. Sian Williams is an award-winning broadcast journalist whose warmth and presentation skills have made her one of the best known and most versatile broadcasters on British television and radio. She is also a Chartered Counselling Psychologist working for both the NHS and in private practise, helping people manage anxiety, stress and trauma.

Sian’s career in broadcasting spans nearly forty years. She spent over a decade anchoring ‘BBC Breakfast’. During that time, audiences more than doubled. Sian also presented all the BBC’s main news bulletins and hosted major events for BBC One, including the London 2012 Olympics, the Royal Weddings of Charles and Camilla and William and Kate, numerous General Elections and the commemorations marking the anniversaries of the two World Wars. Sian’s presented many prime-time TV shows, including ‘Crimewatch’ and ‘National Treasures Live’ for BBC One and numerous series of ‘Save Money, Good Health’, which ran on ITV1 over several years.

In her radio work, as BBC Radio 4’s co-presenter of ‘Saturday Live’, Sian helped attract more than a quarter of a million new listeners. She was also the co-host of a unique programme, in which she was joined in the BBC studios by The Queen, to broadcast live.

Sian is now the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Life Changing’, a series focusing on moments in people’s lives which transform everything. To date, ‘Life Changing’ has had more than seven million downloads, is one of BBC Sounds most listened-to podcasts and consistently ranks in Radio 4’s Top 5 programmes. Sian is known for her interviewing ability and was listed in the Radio Times Top 10 broadcast interviewers of all time and awarded the Television and Radio Industries Club Best Newsreader/Reporter twice in successive years.

Sian is proud to be able to bring stories of mental well-being to a mass audience, using her journalistic and psychological skills. During her time as Channel 5’s main news anchor, she introduced the UK’s first dedicated mental health slot on a TV news bulletin. Called ‘Mind Matters with Dr Sian’, it covered issues ranging from ADHD, addiction, anxiety, eating disorders, OCD and PTSD.

In her work as a psychologist, Sian has a thriving private practice, where she offers consultancy, workshops, group and individual therapy. She is a Senior Specialist Psychological Therapist at the Centre for Anxiety, Stress and Trauma at the NHS, where she primarily helps emergency service staff recover from work-related traumatic events. In 2023, Sian hosted an event for HRH Prince William, meeting first responders and listening to their mental health concerns. She is a regular host of the annual Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium, which is supported by the Royal Foundation.

Sian has been a key-note speaker or hosted major events for Google, the British Psychological Society, the BBC, ITV, ITN, King’s College, London and more. She has written on mental health issues for newspapers and magazines such as The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, Good Housekeeping and The Psychologist.

Sian’s first book Rise: Surviving and Thriving after Trauma was published in June 2016 and she is working on her second, about managing anxiety.

Ayshah Tull

Ayshah Tull is a BAFTA nominated Presenter and Journalist for Channel 4 News.

Ayshah received a BAFTA nomination for the first Channel 4 News show that she presented, a special edition of the programme called Black to Front. She hosted alongside black colleagues who worked behind the scenes. The show was described as a “ground-breaking” TV first.

Ayshah joined Channel 4 News in 2019. Her broadcasting on the show includes leading coverage from the Caribbean on death of Queen Elizabeth the second, particularly reflecting on the commonwealth’s response. She’s also covered the US Elections in 2020 travelling to several states during the Covid pandemic and spending a lot of time in Florida interviewing Donald Trump supporters. She reported throughout the pandemic on the biggest developments, challenging the Prime Minister and Health Secretary on their policies and deputising for the Health and Social Care Editor.

During her time at Channel 4 News she has won four awards (in one year) for her journalism. In 2020 Ayshah won Journalist of the Year and the Grand Prize at The Drum Online Media Awards, the first time this has been awarded to an individual.
Ayshah has presented an edition of Unreported World for Channel 4 – Divorce Mauritania Style.

Ayshah was previously a BBC Newsround Presenter from 2013-2018, where she covered the 2016 US elections travelling to Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania to talk to kids about their feelings ahead of the big vote. She also presented and reported the Manchester terror attack and navigated children through the really challenging story.

Ayshah hosted several high profile events for the Science Museum, the British Library, Latitude Festival and V&A Museum.

Ayshah is also a Senior Fellow for the John Schofield Trust and mentors young journalists, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds to help them navigate their career.

Camilla Tominey

Camilla Tominey is Associate Editor covering Politics and Royals at The Daily Telegraph in London.

She is also the resident royal expert on ITV’s This Morning and appears frequently on royal documentaries on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. She currently presents her own Sunday
morning political programme on GB News.

Camilla often takes part in the BBC’s Question Time and Politics Live in her capacity as a member of the Westminster Lobby.

Camilla was formerly Political Editor, Royal Editor and columnist for the Sunday Express. She first started reporting on the British Royal Family in 2005, when she covered the King’s marriage
to Camilla Parker-Bowles at the Windsor Guildhall, watched by millions around the world.

Since then she has reported on all the major Royal stories, including Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton, their subsequent marriage and the births of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Her world exclusive scoops include breaking the news of Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle, which was nominated for Scoop of the Year at the 2016 British Press Awards.

Camilla co-anchored both recent Royal Weddings for NBC’s Today Show, contributing to programming across the network that was watched by 55 million viewers.

An authority on Royalty, Camilla has spent the past decade shadowing the Royals at home and on tour. A seasoned interviewer, Camilla has been granted exclusive access to interview many
members of the Royal Family including Prince Harry, Zara Phillips, the Duchess of York and the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.

Internationally, as well as NBC she has worked with CBC, CTV and Global in Canada, Nine Network Australia, Germany’s ZDF and ARD, RTL in France and countless more broadcasters.

In 2019, she was awarded Journalist of the Year by the McLean-DB Recovery+ Awards, the ‘Oscars’ in the field of recovery from addiction for her work highlighting the plight of children of alcoholics.

She was nominated Multimedia Journalist of the Year at the 2021 London Press Club Awards, and Journalist of the Year at the Digital Publishing Awards 2023.
Camilla lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and three children.

Juliet Mann

Juliet Mann is an experienced TV anchor, specialising in business news, currently host of The Agenda, the weekly current affairs talk show on CGTN Europe.

Juliet has worked in fast-paced newsrooms across the world – in London, Paris, New York and Frankfurt – for CNBC, CNN, Sky News, TRT World and Reuters. She also appeared on BBC’s Pointless Celebrities, starred in Danny Boyle’s TV pilot Babylon and presents podcast: A Week in my Flexible Working Life.

On the road as anchor and correspondent for CNN’s weekly business features show Marketplace Europe, she interviewed CEOs like Sir James Dyson, political heavyweights and influencers including EU policymakers, and bosses of global brands like Nestle, L’Oreal, Geox & Lafarge.

Highlights at Sky News include having a seat on the very last transatlantic Concorde flight and interviewing sporting legends like David Beckham when London won the 2012 Olympic Games bid in Singapore.

Juliet has interviewed Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the BBC, presented for corporate channels including EY TV and HSBC TV, and written occasional travel & features pieces for the Daily Telegraph and Economia magazine.

She also comperes events and awards ceremonies and moderates discussion forums across Europe and the United States, on a vast range of topics from entrepreneurship to sustainability.

Juliet is British, read Politics at Bristol University and speaks good French.

Sarah Hewson

Sarah Hewson is a journalist and broadcaster with more than 20 years’ experience covering some of the biggest national and international news stories.

Sarah has been Royal Editor at Talk TV for two years. She has also co-presented Washington Post’s coverage of the death of HM The Queen and the Coronation of King Charles. She also frequently comments of royal news on Times Radio.

Sarah has spent most of her career at Sky News where she presented every programme from Breakfast through to the flagship News At Ten and hosted her own weekly programme Sky News with Sarah Hewson.

For many years, Sarah was the channel’s Royal Correspondent and anchored Sky’s coverage of two royal weddings, royal births and the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh.

She has interviewed six senior members of the royal family, the last five UK prime ministers and high-profile figures from the worlds of business, sport and entertainment.

She has reported from Westminster to the White House, the Amazon, Africa and Australia.

Sarah has covered major breaking stories including the 7/7 bombings, the London Bridge terror attack, the death of Osama Bin Laden as well as Britain’s Brexit negotiations and the coronavirus pandemic.

She is mother to three children and Patron of OSCAR’s Paediatric Brain Tumour charity.

Nina Hossain

Nina Hossain is an award winning journalist and ITN newscaster.

Nina is lead presenter of the ITV Lunchtime News and also presents News at Ten. She presented the series Coronavirus: Q & A for ITV, throughout the lockdown period of the COVID-19 crisis. She has also co-presented ITV’s Election Live coverage for the 2015, 2017 and 2019 elections.

She joined ITN 15 years ago after being poached from BBC London where she was a launch face of their evening programme.

Born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire she studied at Durham University before gaining a post-graduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire.

She is the RTS Presenter of the Year for Regional News, and has picked up three RTS Programme of the year awards when anchoring ITV News London and the ITV Evening News.

She was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Huddersfield.

When not writing and presenting daily news she has worked on documentary programmes, Exposure and On Assignment, has hosted countless awards ceremonies and chaired a range of conferences for both charities and the corporate world.

She has three children, loves travelling and music.

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.

Lara has presented the BBC Panorama programme Beyond Human: Artificial Intelligence and Us and Tonight: Healthy Ageing for ITV1 and has written numerous articles on the topic.

Lara has appeared as an expert across a range of outlets including ITV’s Lorraine, BBC1’s The One Show, ITV’s Good Morning Britain, and has fronted several documentaries for Radio 4 including “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”.

Before joining Click in 2011, Lara’s media experience was vast and varied. She started out as a reporter for Channel Five, 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 magazine, Woman, for four years, and has written for many other publications

 

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.

Nina Myskow

Nina Myskow’s distinguished career has been driven and characterised by her love of conversation – whether it be an intimate interview or a sparky debate. She is a journalist and broadcaster, writing for newspapers and magazines and presenting on television, radio and podcasts. She has always stamped her mark.

Nina frequently appears on Jeremy Vine on Channel 5 and Good Morning Britain on ITV where she deploys her well-honed critical faculties. She has presented a podcast interview series where she interviewed long-term contacts such as Sir Michael Palin and Roger Daltrey. She also presented the Saga podcast series Not Going Out Club which was made in the Pandemic lockdown period and featured Joanna Lumley, Alan Titchmarsh, Prue Leith and Elaine Paige. Her honesty, level headed and creditable approach to her interviews and her steadfastness is proven by the trust she has built up with the world’s famous. She is as good as her word and they know it.

The celebrity profiles which Nina now writes for The Times have ranged from Andrea Bocelli and Sir Richard Branson to Jane Fonda and Goldie Hawn.

Nina’s first encounter with the entertainment world was on the iconic 1970s magazine, Jackie. She became the first female editor in its history and made a life-long contact with a young Elton John.

She went on to The Sun where she was known as the ‘Queen of Pop’ interviewing the likes of Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury and then TV critic roles on major newspapers and a celebrity interview series for The Mirror. Her fame saw a move to television where she was a judge on the ITV talent show New Faces.

On television Nina presented a talk show, Nina vs The Rest for Sky, was the winner of Channel 5’s Trust Me, I’m a Holiday Rep and won the coveted trophy when she appeared on Pointless Celebrities.

On radio, Nina presented her Radio 4 series Food for Thought for many years where she interviewed Yoko One, Nigella Lawson and Carlos Acosta. She also presented her Radio 4 documentary, Meet the Wainwrights on Rufus Wainwright’s family which won Best Music Special at the New York Festival of International Radio Awards. She also presented I was a Teenage Hearthrob for BBC Radio 2. She also created and presented two other series for Radio 2 – First Ladies of Fleet Street and Lose and Found (featuring Linda Ronstadt and Mary Steenburgen).

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.

Daisy McAndrew

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kasia Madera

Kasia Madera is a Chief BBC News Presenter on BBC World News & the BBC News Channel with over 20 years of broadcasting experience.

Kasia was one of the first international broadcasters to report live from the Poland-Ukraine border at the start of the Ukraine war, witnessing as thousands fled. Of Polish heritage Kasia is bilingual and was able to sensitively interview many refugees in Polish and Ukrainian. One of her many interviews was used in the BBC News Channel’s RTS Award nomination tape.

More recently Kasia anchored BBC News from the NATO summit in Madrid as well as played a role in the extensive coverage of the UK’s mourning period for Her Majesty, Queen Elisabeth II. Kasia broadcast from outside Buckingham Palace on the night of the Queen’s death as well as spending hours interviewing mourners in the legendary Queue to file past Her Majesty’s coffin in the Palace of Westminster.

From breaking the UK’s first full Covid lockdown in March 2020, Kasia was a reassuring presence throughout this time, regularly hosting the BBC Papers Review. Kasia was live on air to break the news that Boris Johnson was admitted into intensive care, a clip used in Charlie Brooker’s Anti-Viral Wipe.

Kasia is as confident on set as on location. She has proven versatility from extensive experience in breaking news on location, from covering floods in Germany in 2021 to rolling in the early hours of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, she broke the disappearance of flight MH370 in 2014, a clip used in the new Netflix documentary, Flight MH370: The Plane That Disappeared.

Kasia’s original stories have featured across BBC News platforms, including BBC Network News, BBC Breakfast, Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent, Ukrainecast and the World Service Global News podcasts, as well as BBC News Online and digital platforms like BBC IPlayer.

Kasia was a regular presenter of Outside Source, the graphics-based explainer format programme which was popular on digital platforms. For over ten years she was a regular presenter on BBC Newsday, the fast-paced Asia facing tv breakfast programme.

Interrupting scheduled programming on BBC One, Kasia broke the news of Nelson Mandela’s death in 2013. She anchored straight after the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony when the BBC News Channel recorded its highest viewing figures.

Kasia is an extremely experienced events host and gets repeat bookings from high profile organisations including hosting on a number of occasions the United Nations Population Fund’s Annual Leader’s Meeting and the International Advertising Association’s Creativity 4 Better conferences. Kasia also has immense experience in hosting webinars and online events for the consultancy Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the think tank Emerging Europe. Kasia adds glamour to awards ceremonies and has regularly hosted the International Association of Press Clubs’ Freedom of Speech Awards as well as the Emerging Europe Business Awards. As a Chief BBC News Presenter, Kasia regularly represents the broadcaster on behalf of BBC Studios.

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.

Fiona Armstrong

Award winning broadcaster and writer Fiona Armstrong has been a familiar face on national and regional news for many years. Her work ranges from news, to features, to sport. She is currently presenting on ITV’s Border Life in Scotland which received an ITV award for Best Current Affairs programme for her report on the Lockerbie air disaster.

Fiona has been a national newscaster and reporter for ITV and the BBC. She has covered the plight of Aids orphans in Africa, the removal of landmines in Cambodia, and the work of the Mercy Ships in West Africa. Closer to home she fronted a series looking at domestic abuse. Other lighter projects include the countryside series, River Journeys, and Reivers, which featured clan history. Under the Hammer saw her filming in Scottish auction houses whilst Fantastic Facts took her round Europe. She has also produced more than 20 films and videos on Scottish clans. As one of the UK’s best-known female anglers, Sky TV’s Tight Lines programme saw her fishing at home and abroad.

Fiona started her broadcasting career with Radio 210 in Reading and the BBC in Manchester. She has since worked for ITV Border, ITN, GMTV, BBC World News, the BBC News Channel, Sky TV and the Carlton Food Network, where she presented the series Easy as Pie. for the American network, NBC, she fronted several series of the business programme, Executive Lifestyles. She has also contributed to programmes for Radios 2 and 4.

Away from work, Fiona likes to swim, fish, cook, and garden. She is kept busy as the Lord-Lieutenant of Dumfries, the King’s personal representative in her area. Married to a Scottish clan chief, she writes about her tartan life in columns for magazines and newspapers. She has penned fishing books and quirky cookbooks and is working on a biography about a family member who was literary confidante to Queen Victoria.

Fiona was given an Outstanding Contribution Award at the Royal Television Society North-East and Border Awards. She has a Doctorate in history from the University of Strathclyde and is a Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Cumbria. She also received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Glasgow.

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’.

Kate Gerbeau

Kate Gerbeau (nee Sanderson) is an award-winning broadcaster and journalist. In June 2014 she launched, as main presenter, the UK’s first ever television channel about the Armed Forces and Defence aimed at both the military community and the wider public. She also anchors its nightly news programme British Forces News, broadcast both on Forces TV and BFBS. On radio she hosts a weekly half hour Defence and International Affairs programme on BFBs, “SitRep” which won a Sony Award in 2012. Her work for BFBS and Forces TV gives her wide access to a range of interesting interviewees from the Prime Minister to the Head of the Armed Forces to Formula One racing drivers. Kate also presents the podcast series The Case Files.

Kate’s network television career began in 1997 (after working on Regional TV and radio) when she became the presenter of the Newsround, the BBC’s longest running news programme for children. During her 4 years there, she reported live from the earthquake in Gujarat, from the foot of a live volcano in Montserrat and went undercover in Russia to expose the treatment of disabled children in orphanages. The report earned her a BAFTA. Kate went on to be a regular Newsreader on BBC Breakfast on BBC 1, co-presented the corporation’s consumer programme ‘Watchdog,’ and was a regular Reporter and Presenter on the BBC1 Sunday morning programme ‘Heaven and Earth.’ She left the BBC in 2004 to join the relaunch of Five News, where she fronted the live, daily lunchtime programme for 3 years, interviewing a broad range of guests from pop stars to politicians. Kate also presented a range of other programmes for Five News, including a live tomb excavation from the desert in Egypt and an animal rescue series.

She holds a BA in French and German from the University of Bristol and loves languages. She’s fluent in French, speaks German and is learning Spanish. She’s also an animal lover and keen horse rider having recently started competitive show jumping. She can also swing a (golf) club and enjoys scuba diving.

Kate is married to Frenchman and “serial entrepreneur” PY Gerbeau and has a daughter.

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.

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.

Kait Borsay

Kait Borsay has been bringing her conversational style to Times Radio for over two years, and currently presents The Evening Edition, from 8-10pm every Monday to Thursday. She has built a loyal audience of listeners as she delves into the stories of the day covering news, politics, education, health and social affairs. Insightful, sparky and always with a smile, Kait has a passion for bringing diverse stories and fresh voices to the airwaves.

Whilst at Times Radio, Kait has championed particular causes, developing an engaged following as she returns to issues like Long Covid, rights for care home residents, children’s mental health, the rights and advocacy of young people, and neurodiversity in women.

A broadcast journalist for over two decades, in the last five years, Kait has expanded her portfolio into news and current affairs. A keen self-starter, often pitching her own stories, Kait has been commissioned by the Audio Content Fund and was runner up at the IRN Commercial Radio Awards for a documentary on loneliness. She has recently started writing for The Times and The Sunday Times across health, lifestyle and social affairs.

Clear, authoritative and comfortable on screen, Kait has presented television news programming for Sky News, Reuters and ITN. She has also developed audio projects for The Telegraph and hosted podcasts for large corporate brands, like P&G and EY. She covered news and politics as an in-vision reporter for talkRADIO, and presented the station’s Drivetime show alongside Eamonn Holmes.

Kait started her career in sports journalism at Sky Sports. She has covered several major sporting tournaments from the beaches of Brazil to the Highlands of Scotland. She is co-founder of The Offside Rule, an awarding-winning, female-fronted football podcast and website. It has featured in the Guardian’s top five sport podcasts and was listed as Vogue’s best football podcast of 2018. In 2022, The Offside Rule was part-acquired by the New York Times.

Jennie Bond

Broadcaster and journalist Jennie Bond appears regularly on a wide range of television and radio programmes – from news reports and documentaries to light entertainment. Her expertise and long experience of reporting on the Royal Family over the past 35 years is internationally recognised.

She’s also known to young and old for her exploits in the jungle of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here when she was buried in a coffin full of rats and had to eat a variety of live insects.

Most recently Jennie has reported on the death of Queen Elizabeth and the Coronation of King Charles. She has appeared on Richard Osman’s House of Games, The Weakest Link, and numerous documentaries including The Day I Met The Queen. Other projects include Channel 4’s Drugs Live, Royals at War, Masterchef, Too Many Cooks, Stars in their Eyes, Holiday of My Lifetime with Len Goodman, Christmas of My Lifetime with Len Goodman, The Big Call and Jennie’s own personal account of her time as a royal correspondent in a three-part documentary series for Channel Five, Jennie Bond’s Royals.

As the BBC’s Royal Correspondent during 14 of the most turbulent years the monarchy has endured, Jennie was at the heart of events that made headlines around the world: from the fairytale marriages to the adultery, the divorces and the deaths.

Jennie still enjoys commentating and writing about royalty today and likes to share her experiences and often hilarious adventures with audiences at home and abroad. She loves to make people laugh and to show them that she is quite different from how people imagined her when she stood outside the Palace.

For many years Jennie was also a regular news presenter on BBC Television and presented the main bulletins as well as Breakfast.

She has been a presenter on two of the BBC’s most popular shows: Cash in the Attic and Rip Off Britain. She also presented the highly successful BBC2 series Great British Menu.

She began her career in journalism after graduating from Warwick University in 1972. She worked on local papers as a reporter for five years before joining BBC Radio News. During the next few years, she gained a thorough grounding in radio news, editing the main bulletins. She also worked as a producer on current affairs shows, including the very popular Woman’s Hour, and in light entertainment, with Noel Edmonds.

She returned to full-time reporting in 1986 with BBC Radio, covering major news stories, for example in Northern Ireland. She also began her career as a presenter, anchoring among other programmes, the top current affairs show in the UK, Today, on Radio 4.

Jennie Bond has written a book Reporting Royalty that tells in detail of her years keeping tabs on Britain’s Royal Family. It was published in September 2001 by Headline. In the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Year, Carlton Books published her Elizabeth: 50 Glorious Years, a commemoration of the Queen’s reign. She updated this book for the Queen’s 80th birthday. Married with a daughter, she lives in Devon and thoroughly enjoys getting away from it all at her seaside home.

Jennie 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.

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, The Heaven and Earth Show, and a financial quiz: Show Me The Money. She has also hosted Channel 5’s Hot Property programme and LBC’s Breakfast Radio Show, written guest columns for the Daily Mail, the Sunday Express and Sunday Mirror, as well as conducting paper reviews for Sky News and appearing on The Chase Celebrity Special in 2021.

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 and their twin daughters.

 

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.

Dr Saleyha Ahsan

Dr Saleyha Ahsan is an emergency medicine doctor. She is also a filmmaker and broadcast journalist, having worked and produced content for a variety of broadcasters.

On Channel 4 she has presented and produced the Dispatches programmes: Coronavirus: Can Our NHS Cope?, exploring the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the UK’s health services, presented What’s It Like to Catch Coronavirus? and Covid Critical: A Doctor’s Story, which she filmed and directed herself. She has presented films for BBC’s The One Show, Panorama, Newsnight, Horizon and co-presented several series of the hit BBC Two series Trust Me I’m a Doctor. She joined Channel 4’s SAS Who Dares Wins team as the onscreen medic and appeared on Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls in 2018. On Radio she has also presented BBC Radio 4’s Inside Health.

Saleyha appears regularly on Jeremy Vine on 5.

Saleyha began her broadcast career as a junior reporter for BBC local radio in London. She took a four-year break from journalism upon gaining a place at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to attend their arduous army officer training course. She was the first British Muslim woman to do so, and was commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps as a non-medical support officer.

During her operational tour of Bosnia in 1997 as part of NATO’s Stabilisation Force (SFOR), Saleyha was inspired to re-train as a doctor, after witnessing severe trauma suffered by Bosnian civilians caused by landmines. She commenced her studies at the University of Dundee and resumed her journalism career as a freelancer at the same time.

Saleyha is an accomplished filmmaker, with her first cinematic short ‘My Mother’s Daughter’ winning Best European Film at the TED sponsored Pangea Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2008.

Her current affairs broadcast work spans coverage of humanitarian, health, and conflict reporting, and she has worked as either a filmmaker or doctor in Syria, Libya, Kashmir, Palestine, DR Congo and Pakistan. After years of witnessing and documenting the challenges of access to healthcare in conflict zones, she completed her LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the University of Essex. This has now evolved to further study; she completed a PhD at Magdalene College, Cambridge where she examined the impact of attacks against healthcare in conflict zones.

When not pursuing current affairs, Saleyha also writes drama for BBC Radio 4, very much inspired by her journalism and is currently working on her fourth play. In 2018, in recognition of her media and humanitarian work, Saleyha was awarded an honorary degree from her alma mater, the University of Dundee.

Saleyha has spoken at a number of events. She was part of the Army Presentation Team during her time in the British Army and has since given talks on her experiences as a frontline doctor and journalist in Libya and at the Royal Society of Medicine’s ‘Extreme Medicine’ conference.

Tim Sebastian

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

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

Tim was the first presenter of HARDtalk, BBC World’s daily half-hour interview programme, where he worked for more than seven years.

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

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

in 1982, Tim was the winner of the “Richard Dimbleby Award” at BAFTA and was also named “Television Journalist of the Year” by the Royal Television Society. For two years running, in 2000 and 2001, he received the Royal Television Society’s “Interviewer of the Year” Award.

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

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

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

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

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

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