Category Judges

The Judges:

    • Baroness Helena Kennedy QCChair of the JudgesHelena Kennedy is a leading barrister and an expert in human rights law, civil liberties and constitutional issues. She is a member of the House of Lords and President of the School of Oriental and African studies, University of London. As a barrister she has acted in many of the most prominent cases of the last 30 years including the Brighton Bombing, the Michael Bettany espionage trial and the Guildford Four appeal. As a life peer she participates in the House of Lords on issues concerned with human rights, civil liberties, social justice and culture. Her publications include the widely acclaimed Eve Was Framed: Women and British Justice (1992 revised 2005) and Just Law: the Changing Face of Justice and Why It Matters To Us All. (2004).
  • Diane Abbott MPMP for Hackney North & Stoke NewingtonIn 1987 Diane Abbott made history by becoming the first black women ever elected to the British Parliament. She has since built a distinguished career as a parliamentarian, broadcaster and commentator.Diane was born in London in 1953. She attended the grammar school Harrow County and then went on to Newnham College Cambridge where she obtained a Masters degree in History. When she left Cambridge Diane joined Government as a Home Office Civil Servant. She went on to work for the lobby group the National Council for Civil Liberties (now Liberty), and then became a journalist. She worked extensively as a freelancer and she went on to work as a reporter for the breakfast television company TV-AM and Thames Television. She also worked as a public relations consultant for various public sector clients.Diane has served on a number of parliamentary committees on social and international issues. She was also elected onto the National Executive of the Labour Party. For most of the 1990s she served on the Treasury Select Committee of the House of Commons. She went on to serve on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. More recently she set up a special parliamentary committee investigating gun crime and she chairs the All Party Parliamentary British-Caribbean Group and the All Party Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Group. Diane’s work in Parliament has centred on education, crime, civil liberties, immigration and international affairs.
  • Diane is founder of the London Schools and the Black Child initiative, which aims to raise educational achievement levels amongst Black children. For this she hosts an annual conference for educators, children and their parents and an annual academic awards ceremony. In 2008 Diane was awarded the Spectator/Threadneedle Speech of the Year Award and a Human Rights Award from Liberty.
  • Ian BirrellFormer Deputy Editor of The Independent and Speechwriter to David CameronIan Birrell was deputy editor of The Independent from 1998 until earlier this year. Before that, he worked in senior positions at The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times and The Sunday Express. He is also a columnist who has written on a wide range of subjects, especially public services, politics, music and world affairs. During the recent general election he worked as speech writer for David Cameron.
  • Octavius BlackGlobal Managing Director, The Mind GymOctavius Black is the Managing Director of The Mind Gym, which he co-founded in 2001. Evolving from the kitchen table to work with over 40% of FTSE 100 and boast 500,000 alumni, The Mind Gym has continued to transform performance by changing the way people think. Octavius leads The Mind Gym’s CSR programme, ‘Parent Power’, helping mums and dads in less advantaged areas across UK become better parents. Octavius co-authored three Mind Gym books including the international bestseller ‘The Mind Gym: Wake your mind up’, which reached no.2 on Amazon behind Harry Potter.
  • Giselle BodieManaging Director, Bodie AssociatesGiselle Bodie is MD of Bodie Associates a consultancy specialising in strategic advice to the communication services industry.  She is an experienced senior director in the communication research field and a qualified Chartered Director with international experience of consultancy and research services within large and small companies. Giselle is a former Chairman and current board director of AMEC (The Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication), an alumnus of HRH Prince of Wales Business and Environment Programme and has been a steering committee member of the UK Forum of the UN Global Compact.  In 2000 Giselle became the first woman director to be accredited by the Institute of Directors (IOD) as a Chartered Director. She is now a member of the IOD’s Professional Review Group for directors applying to become Chartered Directors.
  • As a graduate in Modern Languages, Giselle’s career began in multinationals (IBM and Reuters), moving on into start-ups and fast-growing services companies. In the early 90s she joined a newly-established communication research company, Echo Research where she spent the next twelve years, the last seven as its Managing Director, building it into the market leader in its field.  Giselle then joined Cision UK, the world’s leading PR workflow solution company where she was Managing Director until April 2010.
  • Mark BorkowskiFounder, Borkowski PRMark Borkowski founded his eponymous agency in 1987 and, over the past 20 years, has developed it into one of the most reputable PR companies, working on consumer brands as well as with a celebrity, arts and entertainment division. Client experience includes Sony UK, American Express, House of Fraser, Nissan, Vodafone, Tiscali, P&O, Eurostar, Smartcar, Lotus, Hovis, Zavvi, Virgin Mobile, Selfridges, Harrods, Norwich Union, Thorntons, Horlicks, Diageo, Hasbro UK, Cirque du Soleil, Archaos, MAMMA MIA!, Cabaret, The Three Tenors, Michael Jackson and Prince, amongst others. Mark is also recognised as a pundit on PR, the media and celebrity and is regularly asked to give television and radio interviews.
  • Charlie BurgessEditorial Director, Editorial IntelligenceCharlie is a media advisor to a clutch of innovative companies and he is a non-executive director of CN Group, which runs local newspapers, magazines and radio stations.  He is the editorial director of Editorial Intelligence. Charlie’s Fleet St career included stints at The Independent where he was managing editor, home editor and the founding sports editor. At The Guardian he was a sports reporter, the Saturday editor and the Media editor.
  • Colin ByrneEuropean CEO, Weber ShandwickColin Byrne is one of the UK’s leading PR and Public Affairs practitioners with nearly thirty years’ experience spanning domestic and international PR, political and public affairs campaigns. He joined Weber Shandwick in 1995, rising to lead the public affairs practice in London in 1997, the UK region in 2003 and is now CEO of the European network and a member of the global management team.After several years in private and not-for-profit sector PR, Colin joined the British Labour Party’s communications team in 1987 and was quickly promoted to Head of Press & Broadcasting. He served as deputy to then communications director Peter Mandelson (Tony Blair’s most important strategist , a former European Commissioner, now the serving Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) and press aide to Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Jack Straw and other Labour leaders.In 1992 he became the first communications director of The Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum, the international NGO founded and still today presided over by Prince Charles and supported by many leading international firms. He managed CSR communications for the Forum globally and worked with leading global firms on the communication of their own CSR activities. Clients at Weber Shandwick have included IKEA, Oracle, The Marine Stewardship Council, The BBC, Coca-Cola, Nestle and the British Government.
  • Viki CookeFollowing a successful career in international advertising, Viki co-founded Opinion Leader Research in 1992.  Opinion Leader established an enviable reputation for innovation, pioneering new approaches for engaging the public, opinion leaders and other stakeholders.As part of Chime Communications, Viki co-founded a number of other agencies including The SMART Company, Brand Democracy and Caucus World.  This spring she left Chime to develop a new business that will be launched in the Autumn of 2010.
  • Viki is a Lay Member of the Warwick University Council and a Trustee of the charities, Global Action Plan and Changing Faces.
  • Viki has played a leading role in helping organisations understand their reputations and the drivers of those reputations, working with leading companies including the BBC, BA, BT and Bupa.  Viki was also closely involved in developing deliberative methods of public participation in decision making, now accepted as a key part of policy and business development.  She was responsible for Britain’s first Citizens’ Summit, ‘Your Health, Your Care, Your Say’ involving 1000 citizens in helping to shape the future strategy for the NHS.  She also led the Prince of Wales’s MayDay Business Summit on Climate Change, involving more than 1000 business leaders in taking action to tackle climate change.
  • Susan DouglasEditorial Director of Luxe TVFrom editing national newspapers in the mid market, to repositioning major local groups, to launching on-line sites, newsstand magazines, the contract magazine market and most recently, book publishing, Susan Douglas has an invaluable overview, proven commercial success and a global network of contacts. Most of all, she has perspective.
  • From Assistant Editor at the Daily Mail (1988-1991) Susan Douglas went on to be the Deputy Editor at the Sunday Times (1991-1995)  then one of the most senior roles held by a woman in newspapers. After a short period as Editor of the Sunday Express (1995-1996) Sue went on to work as a Media Consultant before taking on the role as President of New Business at Condé Nast Publications Ltd (2001-2007).Since then Sue has taken on Media Consultancy roles for companies such as PFD literary agency and Harper Collins Publishers and is currently Editorial Director of Luxe TV.
  • William EcclesharePresident and CEO, Clear Channel InternationalWilliam Eccleshare has a history degree from Cambridge and has spent his career in advertising.  He has led the ad agencies J Walter Thompson (in London and Amsterdam) and Lintas UK and been Chairman and CEO of the European networks of Young and Rubicam (WPP) and BBDO (Omnicom). He also spent three years as a Partner at McKinsey leading their European Branding Practice. In 2009 William became President and CEO of Clear Channel International the world’s largest Outdoor media company trading in 27 markets. William is also a non-executive director of Hays plc the world’s leading specialist recruitment firm and a governor of University College School in London. He runs marathons and follows British politics and Bruce Springsteen with an unhealthy obsession.
  • Claire EndersChief Executive, Enders AnalysisClaire Enders started Enders Analysis in 1997. She previously worked in senior corporate development and strategy roles in all sectors of the UK entertainment industry (including cable, television, satellite television and music). Enders Analysis is one of the leading independent research companies in the UK and focuses on analysing significant issues and companies in fixed and mobile telecoms and in traditional and online media. Major companies in its sectors subscribe to its research, as do many of the world’s leading fund managers and hedge funds. Claire holds a BA from Yale and an MBA from London Business School. Enders Analysis supports a wide range of charities in the UK, with which Claire is actively involved, including the Natural History Museum (education on climate change), the NSPCC (online counselling for abuse victims) and various orchestras and museums.
  • Charles FinchCEO & Founder, Finch and PartnersFinch started in the movie business in 1982 writing, directing and producing with an apprenticeship with Lord Puttnam and later with legendary Hollywood producers Peter Guber and John Peters.  As a writer and director, credits include “Priceless Beauty” (Christopher Lambert & Diane Lane), “Where Sleeping Dogs Lie” (Sharon Stone, Tom Sizemore and Dylan McDermott), “Never Ever” (Sandrine Bonnaire, Jean Rocheport). Films produced include “Bad Girls” (Drew Barrymore, Andie McDowell, Madeline Stowe, Mary Stewart-Masterson), “The Maddening” (Burt Reynolds, Angie Dickinson, Mia Sara), “Spider” (Ralph Fiennes, Gabriel Bryne, Miranda Richardson).In 2009 Finch started Finch’s Quarterly Review and with Nick Foulkes and Tristram Fetherstonhaugh.  The paper is distributed in London, New York, Los Angeles and Paris to over 8500 subscribers. As a writer Finch is a columnist for GQ and has written for the FT, Esquire and The Times.
  • As an agent, Finch joined the William Morris Agency as Head of International Operations in 1997. During his tenure, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and “The Weakest Link” were sold by the London office into the US market. In 2005, Finch founded Finch & Partners creating a London and Paris based media company representing and advising global luxury brands, entertainment companies, celebrated individuals, nation states, and philanthropic organisations on all aspects of image from public relations, brand development, product endorsement and placement, to events and marketing.  Global brand clients include the Fiat Group, Ralph Lauren, , Gucci, TAG Heuer and The Weinstein Company. Philanthropic clients include The Raisa Gorbachev Foundation, The Serpentine Gallery and Not On Our Watch. Individual clients include Kevin Spacey, John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, President Gorbachev, Alexandre and Evgeny Lebedev. Travel clients include the Hotel Du Cap, Le Chateau St Martin and The Lowell.
  • Stephen FlemingEditorial Director, CopyThatWorksStephen Fleming is Editor of Editorial Intelligence and compiles the Daily Digest of the leading opinions featured in the comment media. Stephen is a former Daily Mail and Times staffer with 25 years’ experience in journalism. He runs his own PR and marketing consultancy, Copythatworks Ltd
  • Giles GibbonsFounder and CEO, Good Business LtdGiles is a founding partner and the CEO of Good Business, one of Europe’s leading responsible business consultancies.Good Business has advised many of the world’s leading companies including L’Oreal, Mcdonald’s, The Coca-Cola Company and Orange. Most recently Giles has set up a new not for profit, called the Sustainable Restaurant Association, supporting restaurants in the UK to become more sustainable in the world (
  • John GordonFounder & CEO, Intelligence Squared LtdJohn Gordon founded one of the most important media information companies – Xtreme Information. Their research, media cuttings and specialised analysis has clients ranging throughout government, the FTSE 100, and the media business itself, as well as advertising, public relations and media service agencies. In 2002, he set up Intelligence Squared Ltd – a forum for debate on political, cultural and ethical issues. The debates regularly attract 800+ people and it is now the largest continuous forum for debate in London.
  • Shane GreerExecutive Editor, Total PoliticsShane Greer is a leading political commentator, executive editor of Total Politics magazine, author and chief executive of Biteback Media. Shane launched Total Politics in 2008 with its publisher, the renowned commentator and blogger Iain Dale, and has since helped establish it as one of the UK’s top political magazines. Shane appears regularly on television and radio, including Sky News, BBC News, Daily Politics, BBC Breakfast, BBC World Service, Channel 4 News, More 4 News, Al Jazeera and BBC Radio and is a paper reviewer for both Sky and the BBC.Shane is originally from Northern Ireland, but has since set up his home in London after spending time in Glasgow, the North West of England and Washington DC in the USA. Shane’s first book, Why Vote Conservative, was published at the beginning of March, and was followed closely by his second book, So You Want to be a Politician. The former makes the case for voting Conservative at the coming general election and the latter is an essential read for first time candidates, sitting politicians, anyone intending to run an effective campaign and anyone interested in the art and science of political campaigning.
  • Sophie de Schwarzburg-Guntherei Club Consultant, Editorial IntelligenceSophie de Schwarzburg-Gunther has twenty years professional expertise working across marketing and corporate events –  from building market leader brands such as Pantene, Duracell and Shell, via advertising, branding and digital media, to developing high profile opinion former networking clubs and producing multiple stakeholder national events working both for corporate organizations and government. She is a London-based businesswoman with a global perspective, having worked in New York as well as London, with a valued and ever growing international network of significant contacts.Sophie has played a key role as a volunteer activist and fundraiser for the Conservative Party over the past decade. Formal positions have included 8 years as Secretary for Holland Ward in the Kensington & Chelsea Conservative Association, 4 years as the Chairman of Fastrack donor club, Committee member of Team 2000, founding Committee member of the Conservative Friends of Poland, Chairman of the Kensington, Chelsea, Fulham & Hammersmith Conservative Association Ball 2007, and Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Dinner 2008 in support of the Conservative Women’s Organisation.  Sophie currently serves on the Steering Committee of the CWO CWISE group.Sophie also regularly serves on committees in  support of various charities and foundations including, most recently, those supporting the 2010 MacMillan Cancer House of Commons/Lords Tug of War and the British Foreign Legion 2010 Poppy Ball.
  • Tony HalmosDirector of Public Relations, City of London CorporationTony Halmos is Director of Public Relations at the City of London. He has been in this post since 1994. Previously he was Associate Director of Public Affairs at Hill and Knowlton, from 1989 to 1994. In 1987-88 he was Press Secretary to Rt Hon David Steel MP and, prior to that from 1982 to 1988, he held various positions within the Social Democratic Party, ending as National Organiser. Educated at Cardiff High School, Wadham College, Oxford and the University of Illinois, USA, he lives in South London.
  • Greg Hands MPParliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Member of Parliament for Chelsea and FulhamGreg Hands is Conservative Member of Parliament for Chelsea & Fulham. He entered parliament in 2005 and served as Shadow Treasury Minister in David Cameron’s Shadow Cabinet from January 2009. Greg is a foreign affairs specialist, focusing on Central and Eastern Europe, and speaks German, French, Czech and Slovak. Greg graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Modern History from Cambridge and was Chairman of the University Conservative Association in 1988. Prior to his political career Greg was a successful banker and worked on the trading floors in both London and New York. Greg is also a member of the Executive of Conservative Way Forward (CWF), a member of the Advisory Group of the I Want a Referendum campaign, a member of the Steering Group of the Cornerstone Group of MPs, a member of the 1992 Group and the No Turning Back Group.
  • Sir John HegartyChairman & Worldwide Creative Director, Bartle Bogle HegartyJohn started in advertising as a junior Art Director at Benton and Bowles, London in 1965. In 1967 he joined the Cramer Saatchi consultancy which became Saatchi & Saatchi in 1970, where he was a founding shareholder.  One year later he was appointed Deputy Creative Director.   John left in 1973 to co-found TBWA, London as Creative Director.  The agency was the first to be voted Campaign (the UKs leading advertising magazine), Agency of the Year in 1980.John’s industry awards include two D&AD Golds and six Silvers, Cannes Golds and Silvers, and British Television Gold and Silvers.  He was awarded the D&AD President’s Award for outstanding achievement in the advertising industry. In May 2005, the International Clio Awards awarded John with the Life Time Achievement award for his outstanding achievement in the industry.  In 2007, John received a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours. John has also been appointed to the New York’s One Club Hall of Fame and in 2008 was inducted into the New York Art Directors Club Hall of Fame.
  • In 1982, John left to start Bartle Bogle Hegarty. Four years later, in 1986, BBH was voted Campaign magazine’s Agency of the Year and won the title again in 1993, 2003, 2004 and 2005.  BBH Worldwide was voted Campaign magazine’s first ever Network of the Year in 2004. BBH was also voted Cannes advertising agency of the year 2 years running.
  • Professor Noreena HertzProfessor of Finance, Sustainability & Globalisation, Duisenberg School of Finance, Amsterdam and Fellow, Judge Business School, University of CambridgeFor more than two decades, Noreena Hertz’s economic predictions have not only been accurate and ahead of the curve, but crucial to the success of the world’s economy. Hertz has become one of the most influential economists on the international stage. Currently the Duisenberg Professor of Globalization, Sustainability and Finance based at both RSM, Erasmus University and University of Cambridge, Hertz’s work offers a much needed blueprint for rethinking economics. Her unique, integrated approach weaves traditional economic analysis into foreign policy trends, psychology and sociology.
  • Gaby HinsliffFreelance JournalistGaby Hinsliff is a writer and broadcaster on public policy and private life. She was until November 2009 political editor of The Observer, having previously worked for both The Observer and the Daily Mail covering politics since 1997.
    She now writes for publications from Grazia magazine to the Guardian, and is a regular commentator on radio and TV worldwide covering everything from coalition politics to working motherhood. She contributes to political blogs from LabourList to The Spectator, and hosts a personal blog on the challenges for parents downshifting their careers at
    She has just started work on her first book.
    Her previous reporting career includes covering health policy and general news on national and local newspapers. She is also a trustee of the charity 4Children, and recently served on an independent taskforce advising the Department of Work and Pensions on encouraging flexible working.
  • Brent HobermanFounder and Chairman, MydecoBrent Hoberman co-founded with Martha Lane Fox in April 1998, and as CEO he took the company to profit and gross bookings of over $2bn.  The company floated in March 2000 when the dot-com bubble was at its peak – the IPO was 40 times oversubscribed and the price increase during the process hit a record high for a UK company. acquired 14 businesses after the IPO to supplement the annual growth of the core brand which was over 100% from 1998 – 2004. In 2005 was sold to Sabre for $1.1bn. Brent most recently founded another VC-backed internet based startup, is an online home wares and interior design site that will revolutionise the way people shop and design their homes.
  • Julia HutchisonChief Operating Officer, Association of Publishing AgenciesBefore joining the APA in 2004, Julia was marketing and new business director at media agency, Starcom, which led on from publishing roles at Business Age Magazine, Sunday Business Publishing and Associated Newspapers. Having worked on both client and supplier side during her illustrious media career, Julia is uniquely placed to be able to understand the requirements and concerns of both client and agency.
  • Julia HobsbawmChief Executive, Editorial IntelligenceJulia Hobsbawm is the founder and Chief Executive of Editorial Intelligence, the media analysis and networking organization. She is Visiting Professor of Public Relations at the University of the Arts, London, and Vice-President of the Hay Festival for Literature.
  • Howell James CBEHead of Corporate Affairs, BarclaysHowell joined Barclays in September 2008 as Barclays Corporate Affairs Director where he is responsible for Barclays Group media and government relations, corporate communications and global community initiatives. Prior to this he was Permanent Secretary, Government Communication, in the Cabinet Office from July 2004 until 2008. He was a Founding Partner and Director of Brown Lloyd James, a corporate PR Company from 1997-2004.  Howell became Political Secretary to the Prime Minister in 1994 and worked in No 10 until 1997. Howell joined Cable & Wireless as Director of Corporate and Government Affairs in 1992 where he was responsible for Cable & Wireless’ press, public and government relations in the UK, North America and Hong Kong. In 1987 he joined the BBC as Director of Corporate Affairs and was a member of the BBC’s Board of Management. From 1984 to 1987 he was Special Adviser at the Cabinet Office, and worked in the Department of Employment and the Department of Trade and Industry. Howell James started his working life in the media as Head of Promotions at Capital Radio.  He was Head of Publicity at the launch of TVam, Britain’s first commercial breakfast television channel. He was awarded the CBE in August 1997.
  • Gemma LinesHead of Graduate Marketing, Recruitment and Development, CitigroupPrior to Citigroup Gemma was Director of Marketing for the Mind Gym, a learning and development business which has worked with more than 40 of the FTSE 100 to transform business performance through changing the way people think. Gemma has been involved with the marketing of people and learning based businesses for some years now including working as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the UK’s only for profit educational provider to have degree awarding powers – BPP College, part of BPP Holdings plc. Prior to BPP, Gemma was at Cass Business School in the role of Director of Marketing and Communications where she oversaw the rebrand of the school from City University Business School to Cass. Whilst at Cass, she was the inaugural recipient of the Lord Mayor of London’s award for exceptional contribution to the university.
  • Deborah MattinsonFormer Joint Chair, Research and Engagement Division, Chime CommunicationsAn experienced strategist with a strong background in political polling, customer insight and citizen engagement, Deborah is a serial entrepreneur who has set up and managed several successful companies. She founded and jointly ran the Research and Engagement Division of the Chime Group of companies with responsibility for six businesses including Opinion Leader, Brand Democracy, Naked Eye and Facts International until February 2010 when she left to start up a new business, due to launch in Autumn 2010. She has advised the Labour Party since 1985, and was polling advisor to Prime Minister Gordon Brown until 2009. She is currently writing a book about the disconnect between voter and politician.In 1992, she co founded research agency, Opinion Leader Research now the UK’s top research and engagement consultancy. Opinion Leader Research led the development of public involvement methods such as Citizens’ Juries and Citizens’ Summits.  She is also a founder of the Smart Company, now part of the Corporate Citizenship Group, an international corporate responsibility company. Opinion Leader joined the Chime Group of companies under the Chairmanship of Conservative peer, Lord Bell in 1998. Deborah was a Commissioner of the Equal Opportunities Commission from 2001, and is a trustee of the Green Alliance and the contemporary dance festival, Dance Umbrella.
  • Fiona McMorroughChief Executive, FMCMFiona is the founder and CEO of FMcM, a leading PR agency specialising in publishing, literature, the arts and events. FMCM has a reputation for delivering intelligent and creative campaigns that have real impact.  In recent years FMCM has worked with leading authors and public figures including: Margaret Atwood, Gerry Adams, Alastair Campbell, Bernard Cornwell, Jung Chang, Maggi Hambling, Griff Rhys Jones, Marian Keyes, Philip Pullman and Earl Spencer. Fiona has 20 years experience in UK publishing, serving as Publicity Director and on the boards of Virago Press and Bloomsbury Publishing.  She is on the Board of Trustees for English Pen and collected a Hospital Award in 2007 for her creative contribution to Books.
  • Nigel McNellyManaging Director, Opus Corporate FinanceNigel is a partner and co founder of Opus Corporate Finance which is London based and specialises in working with entrepreneurial owner managers across a broad range of sectors. Nigel read Economics at Pembroke College, Cambridge and joined SG Warburg in 1983 having previously qualified (ICAEW) with Price Waterhouse. He was involved in a wide range of corporate finance transactions and had senior responsibilities for SG Warburg’s small and mid-size client base. For a period he was seconded to SG Warburg’s Hong Kong office. In 1997, Nigel was recruited as Head of Corporate Finance at Enskilda Securities in London and since 2001 has worked independently focusing on strategic and financial advice to smaller companies. Married for the last 25 years with three children.  Metropolitan man at heart living in Islington. Interests include cycling, long distance walking and all spectator sports (Arsenal season ticket holder). Fellow of the RSA and active supporter of the Roundhouse in Camden.
  • Sarah ModlockFinancial JournalistSarah Modlock is a freelance journalist. She writes about all aspects of personal finance, the economy and the City and her articles and interviews have appeared in nearly every national newspaper as well as specialist publications, magazines and major internet websites. She has written two books about money. Sarah blogs weekly in her capacity as MSN’s Consumer Champion and her investment commentary and interviews with City and business figures appear on the Interactive Investor site, where she is Features Editor. In addition to a busy and varied portfolio of finance-related work, Sarah also writes about travel, covering everything from extreme ice driving in the Arctic Circle to yacht racing in the British Virgin Islands. Her travel articles have appeared in Time, the Sunday Telegraph, Tatler, House & Garden and Harpers Bazaar, among others.
  • Jeremy O’GradyEditor in Chief, The WeekAfter graduating from Cambridge, Jeremy O’Grady studied for an MA in political science at Cornell University. Back in England he worked as a researcher in local government before beginning a ten-year stint as a censor at the British Board of Film Classification. In 1995, he teamed up with Jolyon Connell to launch The Week. As founding editor, Jeremy helped devise the magazine’s unique house style, and played a key role in its early development. Jeremy is also a co-founder of Intelligence Squared, London’s premier debating forum. He is married (to The Week’s editor, Caroline Law) and lives in west London.
  • Michael PrescottGroup Director of Communications, BTMichael Prescott is Group Director of Communications for BT. He previously held various posts in journalism, culminating in 10 years at the Sunday Times, where he served as political editor.  In 2001, Michael left journalism to become the UK head of public affairs and corporate communications at Weber Shandwick, the global PR conglomerate. Clients during his eight year spell at the agency included British Nuclear Fuels, Balfour Beatty, Virgin Media and MasterCard. Michael graduated from Oxford University in 1984.
  • Stephen QuinnPublisher, VogueI arrived in London in the mid 1960’s from Ireland and joined IPC magazines as advertising sales executive.  I helped launch over Over21 magazine in 1972 and stayed until 1976 when I joined Harpers & Queen as ad director.  Publisher of the magazine 1980-88.  Launched GQ for Condé Nast in 1988 and was promoted to Publishing Director of Vogue in 1992 and made Board Director.  I hold those positions today.
  • David RowanEditor, WIRED magazineDavid Rowan is editor of the UK edition of Wired magazine, which won 2009 Launch of the Year at the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards. He writes a technology column for GQ magazine, and has written tech and trend-watching columns for The Times. He has edited The Guardian’s websites, made TV films for Channel 4 News, and produced long features for The Telegraph Magazine, Sunday Times Magazine and The Observer. Trained at The Times, he edited The Guardian’s op-ed, education, analysis and Saturday features sections. Most recently he edited The Jewish Chronicle. He curated an exhibition of British creative talent for the UK Government’s Cabinet Forum conference in 2009, where he was a speaker, and often chairs and gives keynote speeches at conferences – recent engagements having included the Hello Digital Conference, the Luxury Briefing Conference, the Association of Online Publishers Conference, events for the Marketing Society, Channel 4, and the European Cultural and Creative Industries Summit. He was a judge in the 2010 Brit Insurance Design Awards and the 2010 Conde Nast Traveller design awards. Recent television appearances include BBC Newsnight, BBC Breakfast News and Channel 4 News; radio appearances include Radio 4’s The Today Programme and The Media Show.
  • Henrietta RoyleChief Operating Officer, City University LondonHenrietta has responsibility for all business aspects of City University, including finance, and is a part of the 3 member senior management team reporting to the Vice-Chancellor.  She is the only non-academic member of the team. Before taking up this role in August 2008, she was the COO of Cass Business School for 6 years. Henrietta is a former City practitioner, who worked in international corporate finance for NM Rothschild and BZW, before becoming Deputy Chief Executive of British Invisibles (now ISFL). She was also a Director of the Professional & Financial Services Division of Hill & Knowlton (UK). She sits on the Board of the UK Career Academy and is a Member of the Council of the Corporate & Financial Group of the Institute of Public Relations.
  • Katie SimpsonDirector of Communications, Content and Youth Media, Media TrustKatie joined Media Trust in 2005, she was appointed a Director in 2007 having established the Youth Media Department.  She now manages the Creative Media Department leading on PR, public affairs, distribution, youth projects and the award winning in-house production unit. Katie oversees Media Trust’s key strategic partnerships with companies including News International, Channel 4, BBC and The Daily Mail and General Trust.   She also runs several high profile national youth media initiatives such as a youth mentoring scheme that matches media professionals to disadvantaged young people. The youth media initiatives have benefited over 12,000 young people so far.  In 2007, she was recognised for her achievement in communications and was one of PR Week’s top ’29 under 29′ PR professionals in the UK.  Katie also executive produced the documentary ‘Summit About the Boy’ which won best television category at the IVCA Awards.
  • Jon SnowNewscaster, Channel 4 NewsJon Snow has been the face of Channel 4 News since 1989. He joined ITN in 1976 after working in local radio and became Washington correspondent in 1984. He has anchored Channel 4 News from across the world including the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Russia, and reported events such as the release of Nelson Mandela and the fall of the Berlin Wall. More recently, he travelled to America to cover the Obama Inauguration and Haiti to report on the devastating earthquake.
  • His many awards include the Richard Dimbleby BAFTA award for Best Factual Contribution to Television (2005), Journalist of the Year at the Royal Television Society Awards 2006 for his reports from New Orleans, Pakistan and Africa and the Home News award for ITN’s coverage of the Kegworth Air Crash (1989) and a number of “Presenter of the Year” awards. As well as presenting the flagship 7pm bulletin, Snow also writes Snowblog – a unique take on the day’s events, and Snowmail – a preview of the evening programme’s main stories.
  • Shirley SoskinManaging Director, Silverhawk PartnersShirley Soskin, Managing Partner, Silverhawk Partners, providers of flexible resources at senior level Silverhawk works with organisations to advise and provide talent dedicated to flexible working at senior level working across professional functions and industry sectors to help organisations overcome the challenges of employing a flexible workforce. Shirley’s background in is communications, she founded consumer brand PR agency Clarion Communications which was acquired by WPP in 2001. She has a number of non exec and advisory roles, including Golley Slater’s new PR agency Margaret Street. She also serves on the founding committee of City Year London, a charity providing young volunteers to London primary schools.
  • Neil StewartChief Executive, Policy Review IntelligenceNeil is a former Director of Communications for the Royal College of Nursing, a post he held between 1984 and 1989.  From 1989-1992 he was Political Secretary to the then Labour leader, Rt Hon Neil Kinnock MP.  He established Neil Stewart Associates in 1992.  Neil Stewart is a former President of the National Union of Students.  He has a postgraduate qualification in Communications, Advertising and Marketing and is a member of the Institute of Public Relations.
  • He is Chairman and Chief Executive of Neil Stewart Associates.  Was the founder and chair of Stewart Productions Limited, 1995-1998, Worked for Informa PLC from 1998—2001 to whom he had sold Stewart Productions Ltd. Facilitated a buyout and was a Director of Parliamentary Communications Ltd, publisher of the House Magazine and Holyrood Magazine 2001-2002.  Bought out NSA from PCL in 2002.  He is Chairman of Policy Review TV Ltd, an online TV company.  He is publisher of Policy Review Magazine, a Director and Shareholder of Editorial Intelligence Ltd and a board member of the King’s Fund subsidiary KEHF Limited.
  • Charles Stewart-SmithChairman, Editorial IntelligenceCharles’s career began as a reporter which took him to the BBC and ITN, latterly as Programme Editor for the News at Ten. In 1992, Charles co-founded Luther Pendragon which was sold to a management team in 2005 and Charles continues as a consultant to the company.  Charles also co-founded GPlus Europe and Silk Public Relations, and in 2007 became Chairman of Editorial Intelligence.
  • Luke SysonHead of Research, National GalleryLuke Syson is Head of Research and Curator of Italian Painting before 1500 (from Cimabue to Leonardo) at the National Gallery. He joined the gallery in 2003 from the V&A, having started his curatorial career in the Coins and Medals Department at the British Museum in 1991. He has written a great deal on Renaissance paintings, drawings and sculpture. His most recent exhibition at the National Gallery was Renaissance Siena: Art for a City – a show that explored the connections between artist’s styles and the complicated politics of the period. He has now turned his attention to Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Maxine TaylorDivisional Director, Corporate Affairs, NationwideMaxine is Divisional Director, Corporate Affairs at Nationwide.   In her 25-year communications career, she has worked across private, public and voluntary sector organisations as well as acting as a fast-stream civil servant within the Cabinet Office.  Her experience encompasses a broad range of cultures and subject areas, including financial, healthcare and science.  She has delivered brand and advertising strategies as well as corporate communications.  Immediately prior to joining Nationwide, she pursued a personal passion, running part of Cancer Research UK and is currently a trustee of Nationwide’s own charitable Foundation.  She also sat on the Government’s recent advisory body to support the introduction of the Cancer Reform Strategy and was instrumental in driving through the delivery of the Smoking Ban.
  • Cathy WallaceFeatures Editor, PR WeekCathy Wallace is features editor at PRWeek, the ‘bible’ of the PR industry. She spends her time dreaming up fascinating feature ideas and working on special projects and supplements for the magazine, including compiling the PRWeek Top 150, the ‘league tables’ of the industry. Prior to PRWeek Cathy worked at a range of daily and weekly magazines and newspapers and counts interviewing Bob Geldof, speaking at a major political party conference and getting a free trip to Lord’s among her career highlights.
  • Simon WarrDirector of Communications, Jaguar Land RoverSimon is Communications and Public Affairs Board Director at Jaguar Land Rover, a role he has held since February 2007. He previously held product and corporate communications positions at Ford’s European headquarters in Cologne, Germany, as well as leading Mazda Motor Corporation’s global communications team in Hiroshima, Japan. He started his career in journalism in the early 1990s transitioning to Government press relations and specialist crisis communications work, before joining Ford in 1999.
  • Derek WyattDigital ConsultantDerek Wyatt has been fascinated by the internet since he opened a Compuserve account in 1992. He created The Computer Channel at BSkyB in 1995 and was happy with his new online train set until he was unexpectedly elected to Parliament in 1997 for the new constituency of Sittingbourne and Sheppey in north Kent. As an MP he took the lead in internet matters and formed the APParliamentary Internet Group which he morphed into the APP Communications group in 2007 arguing that convergence meant converging groups in Parliament too. He founded the Oxford Internet Institute in 2000,which is now the leading institution of its kind in the world. His web site won three national awards and has been legally deposited at the British Library under At its height it was being accessed by 20,000 people a week. His new web site ( is largely a blogging site offering five different blogs a week on five different subjects. It is still a work in progress but is already being read by just over 10,000 people  a week.
    For his work on re-writing The Computer MisUse Act, Derek was awarded an ISPA Heroes Award in 2006. He now works as a Digital Consultant and is busy establishing the first Internet Policy Centre in the world. In another life, he played rugby for Oxford University, the Barbarians & England


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