Our mentors

Being a John Schofield Trust Senior Fellow is an invaluable opportunity to support the next generation of journalists through direct contact for a year. You will help them with developing skills, both professional and personal, in a structured way based on individual needs, and join a growing community of Junior Fellows, Fellows and Senior Fellows all with a shared vision to ensure newsrooms are representative of the audiences they serve.

If you are interested in becoming a Senior Fellow/Mentor, please contact the Trust using the contact form.

Applications to become a Fellow on the 2023 mentoring scheme will open on 1 September 2022. Sign up to our newsletter to be among the first to hear!

Maryam Ahmed

Maryam is a data scientist at journalist BBC News. She holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Oxford, and enjoys using her coding skills to find news in messy datasets. Her recent investigations have uncovered algorithmic bias in the passport application process, housing discrimination against benefits claimants, and illegal offers of lip fillers to under-18s. In 2021 she won the Royal Statistical Society Award for Investigative Journalism.

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Matt Brindley

Matt Brindley

Matt is Head of Output at ITV News. He’s been there 15 years and previously been a programme editor, news editor, and field producer. He edited ITV’s Royal Wedding Special Programme in 2018 and the previous year was editor of the ITV London team which won an RTS award for for their Grenfell fire programme. Earlier in his career Matt worked for GMTV and ITV Central news in the Midlands.

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Gordon Chree

Gordon Chree is Senior Reporter with STV News and covers the big news stories across Scotland and beyond. He is also a regular co-presenter of the flagship news programme STV News at Six.

In a career spanning more than twenty years Gordon has reported from home and abroad on the full spectrum of news, including crime, politics and sport.

He is passionate about helping to develop the next generation of journalists and has been involved with several training and mentoring programmes including internally at STV and with Edinburgh Napier University.

 

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Angela Clarke

Angela is currently an Assistant Editor at BBC 5live. She started her journalism career at BBC Radio Manchester as a trainee after a career change more than 20 years ago. She has worked in local and network radio newsrooms including 5live and 1Xtra. Throughout her career Angela has worked as a reporter, producer and newsroom editor. Having entered journalism through a non-traditional route she has always been involved in mentoring schemes to help others especially supporting journalists from diverse backgrounds.

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Thomas Cock

Thomas is deputy managing editor for Reach Plc’s Live network, overseeing training and development for more than 100 trainees across the south of England and helping to deliver its Certificate of Journalism qualification.

His career in journalism spans 20 years. He’s worked in a range of reporting and editing roles in weekly newspapers and local news websites in Somerset and more recently at Bristol Live.

He’s also worked in PR, local government and spent a year helping to run a family retail business. Thomas is passionate about helping people fulfil their potential and achieve things they may not have believed possible.

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Alex Crawford

Alex Crawford

Alex is Special Correspondent at Sky News, and during her 30 year career has been arrested, detained, abducted, interrogated and faced live bullets, tear-gas, IEDs, and mortar shells.

Based in Istanbul, she reports on major stories around the world. Alex has covered events in Africa, South Asia, the Gulf and the Middle East including covering the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and Syria.

Alex was the first correspondent to independently access Myanmar’s Rakhine State, and get first-hand evidence of what the UN called ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the Rohingya.

She has won numerous awards including 2 Emmy’s, a BAFTA for coverage of the Ebola crisis, and is an unprecedented 5 times winner of the Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year award.

Alex was awarded an OBE by the Queen for her fearless journalism.

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Mark Daly

Mark Daly is an award winning investigative journalist for the BBC. He has reported around 30 documentaries on subjects ranging from racism in the police, the Stephen Lawrence case, historic abuse in the Catholic Church and in football, sport doping and corruption, miscarriages of justice, the Paradise Papers and many more.

Mark has been the recipient of many journalism prizes including from BAFTA, the Royal Television Society, and the Foreign Press Association. He lives in Glasgow, is the Investigations Correspondent for BBC Scotland and regularly reports for Panorama.

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Wyre Davies

This is the second time that Wyre will be mentoring with the John Schofield Trust – having previously worked with a young reporter/producer at ITV Wales.

Wyre is now back in Wales, after almost a decade as a BBC Foreign Correspondent in the Middle East, Latin America and many other regions, now working as a current affairs and investigative reporter/presenter.

In an industry where, whatever your experiences and maturity, you never stop learning – Wyre is now predominantly working on long-format journalism for television, radio and digital outlets.

As a young BBC trainee reporter in the early 1990’s, through his work at BBC World Service Radio and Radio 4, Wyre briefly knew John Scholfield. Like John, he was beguiled and fascinated by the possibilities of foreign reporting and marvelled at the exploits of senior colleagues already excelling in the field.

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Rishi Davda

Rishi Davda the Entertainment Reporter at ITV News. Previously, he worked as a presenter on ITV’s ‘The Rundown,’ a social media news service targeted at teenagers.

Rishi started his career as a News Trainee at ITV News and learnt the ropes in a regional newsroom, trying his hand at everything on offer.

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Nina Dos Santos

Nina is CNN’s Europe Editor based in the network’s London bureau. She has extensively covered the Brexit referendum and the ongoing negotiations between the UK and EU. She has also reported on major stories from the region including the Novichok attacks in the UK, the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015 and in Brussels in 2016.

Upon joining CNN, Nina obtained a series of global exclusives on the International Monetary Fund following the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York. She was the first journalist to get a copy of the former managing director’s leaving letter, written in jail, and highlighted debate among female IMF staff about whether it was time for a woman at the helm.

An experienced moderator, Nina has chaired panels at the meetings of the World Economic Forum and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Nina began her career in print news with internships at the Financial Times Group and Dow Jones & Co before moving into broadcast news as a presenter with Bloomberg Television, later with Sky News and NBC News.

Nina holds a BSc in Biological Sciences from Imperial College London and a Masters in Economics. Half English, half Dutch, Nina also speaks fluent French and Italian, as well as Spanish, Portuguese and German.

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Nick Eardley

Nick began his career at The Scotsman in Edinburgh – originally working for scotsman.com then moving onto the newsdesk. In 2014, he moved to London to work for the BBC Website.

Since 2014, Nick has been the BBC Political Correspondent at Westminster.

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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. While at City University studying Broadcast Journalism, 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.

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Vicky Gayle

Vicky is a reporter with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s Bureau Local team and one of our 2022 mentors. Her career began predominantly with black-led publications in Birmingham before landing a trainee position at the Daily Gazette in Colchester.

Teaching and mentoring has been an unofficial job role for Vicky since her first job in retail and one which came naturally. It also led her to being a learning support assistant at a secondary school, where she was encouraged to pursue teacher training. As someone who struggled to gain mentorship herself, being able to give that support is particularly special.

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Sam Gelder

Sam Gelder is deputy digital editor at The Big Issue. He was previously news editor at HuffPost UK and before that was chief reporter on the Hackney Gazette and Islington Gazette.

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James Glynn

James is a Senior Curation Lead at Twitter working with Editorial, Product and Engineering teams to get the most relevant and factual content to users on Twitter.

He’s currently focussed on elections, covid, misinformation and crisis situations. During his six years at Twitter, he has led content teams in the UK and globally covering news, sports, entertainment and the fun things that happen on Twitter every day.

Before moving over to a tech platform,  James worked at BBC World Service as a digital and broadcast journalist, including time in Brussels and Moscow.

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Roohi Hasan

Roohi Hasan

Roohi is an award-winning Senior producer at ITN, working at ITV News for more than a decade. She started her career at 5News where she soon became a News Editor. Her journalism has taken her around the world, from America including for the historic 2016 Election, to India to Europe.

She has covered some of the biggest international stories over the years, including the Afghanistan and Iraq wars to most recently the conflict in Syria and throughout has interviewed leading global figures. Her investigations at home have included shining a light on British soldiers with PTSD and those facing discrimination in the NHS, and abroad on victims of climate change and rape in India, and those under siege of Aleppo.

Her journalism has been well recognised with personal awards and had her work her shows recognised by BAFTA and the Royal Television Society.

Roohi’s great passion is mentoring particularly disadvantaged youth. She does this personally, at work and through Prince Charles’ charity, Mosaic as well as with the John Schofield Trust.

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Louise Hastings

Louise Hastings

Louise is managing editor and part of the senior leadership team at Sky News.

She’s previously been a senior news editor and a senior programme producer overseeing some of the biggest news stories. She has also been head of audience for 6 live televised debates which included two general elections, the referendum and the labour leadership contest, plus the special 100 Women live show marking 100 years since the first women were given the vote.

Louise began her career in commercial radio, and was editor of IRN which serves around 300 UK commercial radio stations.

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Holly Jones

Holly has been a radio enthusiast since the age of 4 and a full time Broadcast Journalist for the past 12 years. During this time, Holly worked at a variety of local radio stations, before moving to Global in London in 2013.

Holly is now the News Editor in London, overseeing brands including LBC, LBC News, Heart, Classic FM, Smooth and Capital. She has worked on major stories like Brexit, the US elections and the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as reporting on Prince Philip’s funeral, the birth of Prince George and several London Marathons.

Having been on the first cohort of John Schofield Trust mentees in 2012, Holly is honoured to be taking on the role of mentor. She looks forward to continuing her work with this incredible organisation.

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John Irvine

John has been a working journalist for 39 years.  He is currently ITV News’ Senior International Correspondent.

Previously he was the network’s correspondent in Ireland, the Middle East, Asia and Washington before moving to Dubai in 2010 as International Correspondent.

Before joining ITN in 1994 he worked for Ulster Television in Belfast and the Tyrone Constitution in Omagh.

He has won the RTS Journalist of the Year for his coverage from Baghdad during the Second Gulf War, and a BAFTA for coverage of the Haiti Earthquake in 2010.

He is married with two grown up children.

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Rohit Kachroo

Rohit is a global security editor and news reporter at ITV News.

Rohit Kachroo won the Specialist Journalist of the Year at the Royal Television Society Journalism Awards. Prior to his current role, he was an editor at ITN and Africa correspondent.

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Jon Kay

Jon is based in Bristol as a correspondent for BBC News – covering a large swathe of southern England for network tv, radio and online. When he needs to sit down, Jon heads for the BBC Breakfast sofa in Salford where he is a regular presenter.

During his career, he’s done stints in Washington DC, South Africa and across Europe. In 2019 Jon made a Panorama programme in Iraq, where he reunited a former child refugee with the mother he thought he’d lost 30 years earlier. Jon has recently made “Fairy Meadow” – an eight-part BBC Sounds podcast series about an UK-Australia cold case, but his career-defining moment will probably be discovering “Brenda from Bristol”.

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Nicola Keaney

Nicola Keaney

Nicola is currently the Managing Editor of News at ITN Productions. Previously she worked as a breaking news analyst at tech company Dataminr and was deputy International news editor at Sky News – spending much time in the field with a focus on terrorism. She is also a Forbes 30 under 30 judge and award winner for her journalism.

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Zoe Kleinman

Zoe Kleinman is a leading technology journalist and presenter with more than ten years of broadcasting experience and a passion for all things tech.

From cyber-security and hacking to artificial intelligence and driverless cars, she brings tech stories to a global audience of millions across radio, TV and online including BBC News, BBC World News, the BBC World Service and Radio 4’s Today.

 

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Jackie Leonard

Jackie is currently a presenter of the BBC’s most downloaded podcast, The Global News Podcast – and has been part of its development since it launched. She also presents The Newsroom on the BBC World Service – an often fast paced show dealing with breaking news for a world audience.

Before that she worked in the newsroom for BBC 5live, Radio 4, Radio 2 and Radio 3. She began her career as a local reporter/newsreader in local, independent radio in Leicester, Lincoln and Oxford. That means she has thirty years of experience in communicating news to local, national and international audiences.

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Lara Lewington

Lara Lewington

Tech journalist and presenter, Lara, co-presents the BBC’s weekly flagship technology show, Click. Since joining the team as a reporter in 2011, turning presenter in 2018, she has travelled the world covering some of the most exciting innovation on earth.

Outside of Click, Lara’s tech expertise has been called upon by Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, BBC1 Breakfast, Radio 5 Live and more. She also spent four years writing a gadget column for Woman magazine.

After cementing her love of television working behind the scenes at the same time as studying, Lara’s first big break had come in in 2003, when she became Channel 5 News’ daily weather presenter, and one of the faces of the channel. The role soon progressed into glitz, glamour and gadgets.

Outside of work, if Lara isn’t out running or at the gym (all of course tracked on various gadgets), she tries to go out and about with her DSLR aiming to take obscure pictures of cities, yet she usually just ends up taking photos of her eight-year-old daughter, Sapphire, and concluding that’s time better spent anyway.

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James Longman

James is a foreign correspondent for ABC News. He reports into Good Morning America, World News Tonight and Nightline, as well as the network’s latest streaming services. From Syria to the Antarctic, it’s a job that has taken him to more than 50 countries in the last 5 years.

James won the David Bloom award and a Deadline Club award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his work in Chechnya, and has been nominated for News Emmys for his work in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Antarctica and the Middle East. Before joining ABC News, he was at the BBC, where he spent time as the corporation’s Beirut correspondent. A fluent Arabic and French speaker, he started his career in Syria, where at 24 he reported for British newspapers on the protests that started the civil war.

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Claire Miller

Claire Miller is an award winning data journalist, with more than a decade’s experience of using data skills to dig out data, find stories, and create visualisations. She is the editor of the Reach Data Unit, which she was instrumental in setting up and developing. The Unit produces in-depth data journalism projects and innovative interactive content that is published across Reach’s national and regional titles.

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Alex Milner

Alex’s news career spans three decades. As an award-winning field producer and film-maker, she has covered frontline conflict, major disasters, world events and exclusives, as well as a number of specialisms including Defence and Security, World Affairs, Europe, and Science & Environment.  She is also an established digital editorial leader with considerable experience of programmes ranging from the BBC’s 6 & 10 O’Clock News, Newsnight and Correspondent to World at One and PM on Radio 4, ITN’s News at Ten and Channel 4 News. She currently serves as a Newsdesk Editor at the BBC.

More recently, Alex has led and launched a variety of high-profile digital content projects – as Creative Editor of the BBC’s award-winning Identity season, then series producer and commissioning lead for the launch of the BBC’s disinformation initiative BeyondFakeNews, before becoming Editor of the BBCBriefing, a digital series about immigration, housing and the Net Zero challenge.

She began her career with CNN’s investigative unit in New York, then freelanced for Reuters, MEBC and the BBC World Service in London. She joined ITN as a producer in 1994, rising through the ranks to become Foreign Desk Editor at Channel 4 News, before being appointed ITN’s senior Europe producer based in Brussels – winning two RTS awards in one year.

Alex is a senior mentor with the charity Women in Journalism, and a member of the BBC’s senior mentoring network. She is a trustee of the Armed Forces charity SSAFA, and a former trustee of NAPAC, which supports adult survivors of childhood abuse.

A dual Greek-British citizen, Alex speaks four foreign languages fluently and has an MA from Cambridge University.

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Thomas Moore

Thomas is the Science Correspondent at Sky News, covering COVID, space, climate change and everything in between.

He won a BAFTA for his reporting of the Ebola epidemic, and a series of awards for documentaries, including the Press Association Award for Environmental Storytelling and the Prince Rainier special prize at the Monte Carlo TV Festival.

Thomas had a leading role in Sky’s Ocean Rescue campaign, which set the agenda on single-use plastic. He has chaired, or taken part in, expert panel discussions on plastic at the UN, the European Parliament and the global Our Ocean conference.

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Chris Mason

Chris is Political Correspondent for the BBC. He hosts Radio 4’s flagship ‘Any Questions’ show and has won plaudits for podcast innovation with ‘Brexitcast’ – now known as ‘Newscast.’

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Eileen Murphy

Eileen is an award-winning news leader experienced in directing multi-platform content for global news networks. Leading the editorial direction of the BBC News operation Eileen co-ordinates and drives content and teams to deliver distinctive key stories to audiences.

A former correspondent, press agency reporter and newspaper journalist, her experience covers digital innovation, editorial leadership and strategy, cultural and organisational change.

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Nina Nannar

Nina is the Arts Editor for ITV News. She regularly reports for ITV News’ flagship programme News at Ten, covering arts and culture across Britain and the world. She also reports for ITV’s international documentary series On Assignment.

She started out at the BBC as a news trainee, then worked on regional and national radio and TV. In 2007 she was awarded an Honorary doctorate for Services to the Media.

Nina is an Ambassador for The Princes Trust and The British Asian Trust. She is a Patron of the BookEast Literary Festival and Leeway, a charity tackling domestic abuse. She is a Trustee of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival and a Governor of Norwich University of the Arts.

Her interests are wide – women’s rights around the current fights for equality and she is actively engaged in supporting people of colour in the arts industries.

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Sarah O’Connell

Sarah is a broadcast journalist and film-maker who has over twenty years experience. She has produced and reported films and programmes for Al Jazeera, BBC News, BBC Radio 4, Channel 4, ITV News and Sky News.

Her area of expertise is the criminal justice system, (including child sexual exploitation) and housing.  She most recently worked for ITV news on their series of films investigating the decay in social housing. Sarah currently works for Sky News as an investigative producer.

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Krupa Padhy

Krupa has 14 years of broadcasting experience across global news both in the newsroom and on the field, covering stories such as the Arab Spring, the fall of Robert Mugabe and most recently the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan. She hosts programmes on the BBC World Service and anchors on BBC World News. She can also sometimes be heard presenting Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4, as well as documentaries on the network.

Starting her career in the NGO sector, Krupa entered journalism as a trainee on the Today programme and was part of the launch team for Outside Source TV.  She has always had a keen eye on how traditional broadcasting platforms can thrive in a digital era.

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Ian Pannell

Ian Pannell is a multi-award winning TV journalist. He has been the Senior Foreign Correspondent for ABC News (AMERICA) for the last five years and was previously at the BBC for 25 years.

Ian has been posted to America, Egypt, Afghanistan and India. He has reported extensively on the fallout from 9/11 from New York to Kabul and the frontlines of the Arab uprisings and the war against ISIS.

Ian’s work has been recognised with three Emmys and two Peabody’s amongst a host of other awards. He began his career working in radio at the BBC.

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Jonathan Paterson

Jonathan Paterson is an editorial consultant and executive producer with more than two decades experience in the news industry. Previously Head of Video for BBC News, he led the content strategy behind the growth of the world’s most successful news website and social platforms. His team pioneered new storytelling techniques that brought BBC journalism to a new generation of audiences.

Before joining the digital news team Jonathan had a long career in international news. As Deputy Head of World Newsgathering he oversaw delivery of award winning news coverage from Syria to US presidential elections. As a producer, he has worked with the biggest names in broadcasting, and on BBC’s flagship news programmes, like Newsnight.

Jonathan is passionate about transforming newsrooms, developing our editorial content to reach new audiences, and developing the diverse teams that will deliver it. He is a Visiting Lecturer in Digital Storytelling at City University, London.

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Ronke Phillips

Ronke Phillips

Ronke Phillips has been a journalist for more than 20 years and has been fortunate enough to enjoy a varied career in print, radio and television. She has worked both as a presenter and reporter – for national and regional television, both in the UK and abroad. Ronke, who is of Nigerian heritage, attended a girl’s school in Putney before gaining a BSC honours degree in Third World Economics and Social Sciences. She began her broadcast career working as a radio reporter for a host of local BBC Radio stations including BBC Radio London, Nottingham, Leicester and Derby.

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Matthew Price

Matthew Price

Matthew is a journalist and presenter with over two decades of experience. He has covered some of the biggest stories of the last 25 years.

He is now the editor of the Data and Forensic Journalism Unit at Sky News, leading a team of specialist reporters who conduct analysis and investigations, and work with new visual story telling techniques. Previously, he was based as a BBC foreign correspondent in the Middle East, New York, Brussels, and Belgrade.

Matthew’s work on TV, online and radio has reached hundreds of millions globally, and won major awards including BAFTA, DuPont, Sony and RTS awards. He has presented network news programmes including BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. He has innovated new forms of broadcast – helping to launch and hosting the popular daily news podcast Beyond Today and working with new talent to create fresh forms of visual and audio story telling as the broadcast industry seeks to engage with diverse audiences.

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Tom Rayner

Tom is the editor of Sky’s digital political coverage.

He was previously a political correspondent and a foreign correspondent, covering stories around the world.

Tom set up Sky’s Bangkok bureau in 2016 and ran the Middle East bureau in Jerusalem between 2012 and 2015.

Tom has worked for Sky News since 2007 and was shortlisted for RTS young journalist of the year in 2009 and 2013.

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Ravin Sampat

Ravin Sampat is the Head of UK Insight at BBC News, a team of filmmakers, producers and journalists making high-impact, audience first, original journalism for a number of BBC outlets, as part of the BBC’s modernisation plans.

Ravin has risen through the ranks at the BBC – starting as a producer in 2015 and rising to Senior Editor in just 5 years. After stints with DMGT and leading a small news startup as head of newsgathering, Ravin joined the BBC in 2015 working on the UGC desk, verifying content, running live pages, sourcing big moments on breaking news stories and coming up with original off diary journalism. It was here he caught the eye of other senior editors, landing the role of the first Audience Engagement Producer in BBC News and was instrumental in the team behind BBC Trending which led the way in online investigations and producing in-depth stories on what was happening on social media. His work at BBC Trending was closely monitored and recognised, and in 2016 he was assigned as Senior Producer on the programme, and then as Senior Journalist in the newly formed Digital Current Affairs. He created the first ever Snapchat documentary following the refugee crisis, for BBC Panorama, and was regularly consulted on new digital initiatives within BBC News. Within a year he rose to Assistant Editor, launching BBC Stories, which produced long and shortform content for underserved audiences across the BBC’s portfolio, deputising as Editor of a team of 75 people. During his time he launched several projects and Exec Produced a number of high profile documentaries including Murdered for her selfies,  Hell in a bottle – I survived an acid attack, What Chinese takeaways taught us about racism in Britain, The abandoned mansions of Pakistan and many more. Ravin has travelled across the UK and the world for BBC News, providing consultancy, guidance and editorial leadership, especially when new teams were launched.

Ravin was identified as “BBC Emerging Leader” on first ever BBC News Leadership programme, and it was here where he met James Harding, the former Director of BBC News. Soon after Harding left the BBC and launched Tortoise Media, Ravin joined him as Head of Storytelling. Ravin was instrumental in their digital strategy and worked around the UK with audiences, hosting ThinkIns (open editorial meetings), on topics that really mattered to them.

In 2020, he returned to the BBC as Senior Editor in long-form audio, launching The Climate Question, the first global climate change podcast by the BBC World Service, as well as editing ‘How They Made Us Doubt Climate Change’ for Radio 4. He has edited Profile, MoneyBox, Correspondents Lookahead and several other high profile BBC programmes. As part of the new story team approach, Ravin was appointed as the Head of UK Insight, the first team to launch, in 2021. His team have gone on to produce several high profile investigations which have led several front pages and really made an impact of people’s lives, as well as making journalism that is reputationally important providing a true public service value.

Ravin was recognised as a Ones To Watch by the Edinburgh Film Festival, a prestigious recognition for up and coming talent in TV and journalism, in 2016. He continues to work with the Festival on working committees, and also mentors for several other schemes.

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Max Sanderson

Max is the editor of weekly podcasts at the Guardian, where he oversees their weekly podcast output, which includes Football Weekly, Science Weekly, Politics Weekly and The Audio Long Read.

Before that, he created and produced Science(ish) for Radio Wolfgang and produced work for the National Geographic Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Huffington Post, BBC Radio 4 and The World Service.

Max has also helped produce live events for the Barbican, the Wigtown Book festival, New Scientist Live, Science Museum Lates, the Battle of Ideas and Guardian Live.

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James Scurry

James Scurry is a bit of a jack of all trades at Sky News, where he rotates his time working as a television package producer, deputy foreign news editor and chief sub video editor

James has played a role in many of the biggest news stories over the past decade, including producing Sky’s coverage of Europe’s largest civil aviation shutdown since the second world war during the Icelandic volcano eruption, Sky’s RTS-award winning coverage of the Libyan revolution and the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, and more recently producing reports on the war in Syria, and the uprisings in Venezuela and Hong Kong.

James was recently elected to a three year position on the Sky Forum, where he’s working to design and implement new staff training programmes and better mental health and wellbeing initiatives.

James began his career in 2001 at Channel Nine News in Melbourne Australia, and has since held editorial roles at ITV News London and Al Jazeera’s London bureau.

Outside of his career at Sky, James has also trained as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, co-founded the mental health initiative SafelyHeldSpaces.org and founded the social enterprise film company GreenTreeFilms.org, which aims to provide young people with further mentoring opportunities in the film and television industry.

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Barbara Serra

Barbara Serra is a presenter and correspondent for Al Jazeera English. She anchors the main evening news programmes from Al Jazeera’s London broadcast centre and has reported extensively from across Europe and the Middle East, including Israel, Gaza and the Vatican. She also presented, authored and produced the award-winning documentary ‘Fascism in the Family’.

Barbara started her career at the BBC and, prior to joining Al Jazeera  for the channel’s launch in 2006, she was a reporter on Sky News. Between 2005 and 2006 she presented ‘Five News’ on Channel Five, becoming the first non-native English speaker to anchor a prime-time news programme in the UK.

Barbara is a regular columnist and TV contributor in her native Italy.  In 2013 her first book, ‘Those Lazy Europeans’ (Gli Italiani Non Sono Pigri) was published, a look at the cultural differences between Southern and Northern Europe, which was aimed at the thousands of young Italians migrating to the UK at the height of the Eurozone crisis.

In January 2019 she was awarded the honour of Knight of the Italian Republic of the order of the Stella d’Italia by the President of the Italian Republic for her journalistic work focusing on the difficulties faced by migrants and ethnic minorities.

As an EU citizen in the UK, Barbara is passionate about the rights and representation of EU communities in Britain after Brexit.

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Ian Sherwood

Ian Sherwood is currently an Executive Editor for NBC News based in London working with NBC News’ Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and his team, who also produce his mulit-award-winning special series On Assignment with Richard Engel which airs on MSNBC. He has worked with NBC News since 2015.

Prior to joining NBC News Ian was Senior News Editor at Sky News.

He held multiple roles during his 11 year career working for BBC News which included Deputy Americas Bureau Chief, based in Washington DC, New York Bureau Chief, as well as roles in both home and foreign newsgathering.

Ian’s career in broadcast journalism started at ITN in 1998.

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Tira Shubart

Tira is a freelance journalist based in London. She has produced television news and trained journalists across four continents for international broadcasters, including BBC News, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Al Jazeera, over several decades.

She is chair of The Rory Peck Trust and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society as well as Ambassador for the Science Museum in London. Tira also wrote the BBC2 series Taking the Flak about fictional journalists covering a fictional conflict in a fictional African nation. Any resemblance to real things was strictly coincidental.

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Jack Simpson

Jack is a multi award-winning journalist who is currently the news editor of magazine Inside Housing.

Having been a journalist for more than seven years at various specialist publications, he has worked on some of the biggest stories in the built environment, including the collapse of construction giant Carillion and conflict of interest scandals at HS2, the country’s largest infrastructure project.

At Inside Housing he has been at the forefront of covering the post-Grenfell building safety crisis, with his work exposing the plight of leaseholders up and down the country and picking up a number of accolades. He has also played a key part in the magazine’s End Our Cladding Scandal campaign.

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Peter Smith

Peter Smith is currently Scotland correspondent for ITV News, covering everything from serious political stories in Holyrood to lighter ‘And Finally’ items such as the infamous McDonald’s milkshake shortages.

He has also delivered exclusive investigations into Scotland’s drug deaths, addiction in the prison system, and an expose on abuse in ballet which resulted in the closure of Scotland’s biggest ballet school.

Peter has been in TV journalism for just over a decade, previously at STV News, and has benefited enormously from being mentored in the John Schofield Trust. He was the recipient of the UK’s 2013 RTS ‘Young Talent of the Year’ award.

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Dino Sofos

Dino Sofos is one of the UK’s most successful podcast and radio producers. He is the CEO and founder of the audio production company, Persephonica.

Dino previously led the innovative BBC News Podcasts team, where he created hit formats, including Brexticast and Americast. His podcasts amassed 85 million downloads over four years, and Brexitcast won the Listeners’ Choice award at the British Podcast Awards in 2019. He also launched the daily Newscast during the coronavirus pandemic. These podcasts were adapted for television on BBC One and BBC World News.

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Cristina Nicolotti-Squires

Cristina Nicolotti-Squires

Cristina has a wealth of experience gained in 30 years of working across all parts of broadcast and digital journalism. In that time, she has travelled the globe, field producing some of the biggest news stories. She has edited all of ITV News programmes, winning a Royal Television Society Award in 2010 for News at Ten, as well as roles as Head of Home News and Head of Output, and Executive Producer of ITV’s current affairs show ‘Tonight’. Her career highlight was conceiving, producing and editing ITV’s critically acclaimed Royal Wedding and Jubilee special programmes.

In 2013 she transferred to 5 News to become Editor, renewing ITN’s contract with the channel, poaching the BBC’s Sian Williams to become main anchor and returning the service to ITN HQ in Gray’s Inn Road, as well as scoring three RTS Awards nominations which was a first for the populist and popular channel.

After 22 years at ITN, Cristina started a new chapter of her career at Sky News in 2017 as Director of Content, driving and shaping journalism production across tv, digital and radio as well long form content for Sky Atlantic and Sky One.

Cristina is a proven leader, able to inspire and engage the staff she works with. She has a track record of commissioning fresh original ideas and building strong relationships with peers and clients across the broadcast news industry. She has strong financial and commercial acumen and is currently responsible for a budget of many millions. And she knows and understands her audience wherever she is working.

Cristina is passionate about inspiring the next generation of journalists, from all backgrounds, to break into the business. She has launched a mentoring scheme aimed to get more women into senior roles right across the news industry and is behind some really successful projects to increase diversity off and on screen at both ITN and Sky.

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Louise Sutton

Louise has been the Editor of BBC Radio 5 live Sport since 2020, having started her sports journalism career at the station as an assistant producer too many years ago to mention.

Louise has covered Olympic Games, Men’s and women’s football World Cups and Euros, cricket tours and about 10 Wimbledon Championships for both TV and radio.  A former editor of Final Score and Football Focus on BBC TV, Louise is passionate about sport, people and gardening!

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Dave Terris

Dave is the Head of Radio at Sky News, leading the team producing audio for radio, podcasts and on-demand platforms.

He is also the Editor of IRN which provides a national and international news service to the UK’s commercial radio network and its 36 million listeners.

Dave launched the Sky News podcast team which has won awards at the Association for International Broadcasting and the New York Radio Festivals. He is part of the senior management team at Sky News, is in charge of running the IRN Awards for commercial radio and he has judged  the Broadcast Journalism Training Council Awards and the Royal Television Society Awards. Before Sky, Dave worked for BBC Radio and in local commercial radio in Essex. He is a father of three and a season ticket holder at West Ham United.

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Alex Thomson

Alex is the longest serving on-screen journalist at Channel 4 News, covering more than 20 wars and overseeing long-running investigations as Chief Correspondent/ Presenter.

In the role, Alex has won many National and International awards including BAFTA, Emmy and RTS Home, Foreign and Journalist of the Year awards.

What matters more than gongs, though, is journalism which actually causes change. His RTS award-winning investigation into Bloody Sunday led in part to the UK’s largest ever public inquiry. His 16-year campaign for justice over the Mull of Kintyre Helicopter Disaster was ultimately successful and his campaign for justice over Hillsborough lasted more than a decade before court action was taken.

Alex has also presented Channel 4 News in studio and on location and has in recent years specialised in the biggest story of them all: the climate crisis.

Alex began journalistic life with the BBC in Cardiff and then Belfast before moving to ITN’s Channel 4 News.

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Sue Turton

Sue Turton has been in TV news and documentaries for more than thirty years.

Sue worked as a correspondent and news anchor for Channel 4 News for 12 years and then for Al Jazeera, winning awards, including two from the RTS, for her reporting and film making.

After a year as Al Jazeera’s Afghanistan Correspondent she switched to roving war correspondent covering conflicts and revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Syria and Iraq.

She was Series Editor for Channel 4’s Unreported World for four seasons before returning to producing/directing documentaries.

She’s a published author and regular newspaper contributor.

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Simon Vigar

Simon Vigar

Simon is the Royal Correspondent for Channel 5 News, the highlight being an exclusive interview with Prince Harry. Simon has covered many tours since 2007, including Harry’s visit to Jamaica when the Prince won a ‘race’ with Usain Bolt and Prince George’s memorable first trip Down Under.

Simon also led coverage on the Paris and Brussels attacks for 5 News, the shock retirement of the Pope and several major trials including Stephen Lawrence, Baby P and Joanna Yeates. He began his career in commercial radio and has been the ‘news guy’ for several breakfast shows, including Capital, Heart & LBC.

2019 is his fifth year as a mentor and he says he and his mentees agree the most beneficial part is acting as an impartial, confidential sounding board. Quick phone chats at the end of a good or bad day are often better (and more realistic) than lots of meetings.

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Adam Waters

I work at the British Forces Broadcasting Service. Before that I worked at Bloomberg Television. I’ve got a book out called Confident Digital Content. I’ve made every cockup you can think of (some of which have appeared in Private Eye). In my spare time I work as a Ryan Gosling lookalike but have not yet had any bookings.

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Romilly Weeks

Romilly Weeks

Romilly has been based at Westminster for ITV news for the past six years, covering the biggest political stories in one of the most turbulent times in British politics.

She has become an accidental expert in Brexit, but there has been the light relief of key roles in three elections, 2 referendums and two Royal weddings.

Previously she was ITV’s Royal Correspondent, where she had the onerous task of Royal tours to Australia, the US and Africa. She was embedded with the British army during the second Gulf War, and has reported from as far afield as Russia, Afghanistan, Japan and China.

She has interviewed the last three Prime Ministers, but her most memorable encounter was being photo-bombed by Prince Philip. She is also a regular presenter of ITV’s national news bulletins.

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Sarah Whitehead

Sarah Whitehead is Deputy Head of Newsgathering at Sky News. In this role she helps to run the newsgathering department as well as running Sky’s big events, the organisations’ climate coverage and the camera, assignment and contracts teams.

Sarah joined Sky News in 2011 as Head of International News. She ran Sky’s coverage of the Arab Spring, the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster and went on to be Head of UK News.

Sarah has made a number of documentaries. She is a John Schofield trust Senior fellow, sits on the DSMA committee, is a board member of the Society of Editors and the British Journalism Review.  She lives in London with her husband, son and dog.

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Claire Williams

Claire Williams

Claire is currently Head of the BBC World Service DigiHub and Specialist Unit – a team of reporters and producers telling global stories with a focus on high-impact digital storytelling.

Prior to this Claire was planning editor for the Victoria Derbyshire programme, commissioning original journalism which worked for a digital audience. Claire has worked at the BBC for almost 20 years, in areas from political newsgathering to the Religion and Ethics department, and across TV, radio and online.

Claire’s main focus is news which works for young audiences, under-represented communities, and finding new and innovative ways to tell those stories.

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Morwen Williams

Morwen Williams is Director of UK Operations for BBC News, leading the technical and studio teams of BBC News. She is responsible for creative technical news gathering as well as all news studios in London and Salford at MediaCityUK and editing in London –  a team of more than 750 people. She is the bridge between the BBC’s journalism and technology- using technology to its fullest to tell stories better for audiences.

Previously she was BBC News’s Deputy UK Editor and led on major special (particularly Royal) events in the UK, and has worked as a programme output editor and producer in the BBC Regions.

She is chair of the WBU (World Broadcasting Union) International Media Connectivity Group, working with other broadcasters to find common solutions in this area. She recently completed the Media Transformation Challenge at Harvard University’s Kennedy School as well as visiting Stanford University to share learning there. She’s just been elected to the EBU News Committee representing the BBC.

Morwen is a keen supporter of the BBC’s apprentice schemes to deliver new and more diverse technical talent in the BBC, as well as working with BBC News’s Women in Technology programme. She’s also been a mentor for RISE Women in Broadcasting  and the UK Ops Next Gen group.  She is proud to have been named RISE Women in Broadcasting Woman of the Year 2019 at IBC.

Morwen is married, with two sons. A keen road cyclist and loves swimming and skiing, she comes from a family of award-winning cheesemakers in Cheshire.

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Simon Wilson

Simon Wilson is Head of Journalism, Europe and Americas at the BBC World Service overseeing six of the BBC’s language services and around 300 staff.  Simon has been with the BBC for more than 30 years – initially as a radio reporter and presenter and for many years as a TV producer in foreign news.

He spent six years in the Middle East from 2001 covering the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the Iraq war and was in charge of the BBC’s coverage of the 2006 conflict in Lebanon between Israel and Hezbollah which won a US Emmy award for international news coverage.

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Past mentors

In the past we have had an impressive roll of high profile journalists mentor for us, for example, Evan Davis, Rohit Kachroo, Martha Kearney, Ronke Phillips.

Each year we match mentees to mentors who can best help mentees with their career plans and we are fortunate to have a pool of mentor volunteers on whom to call. A third of our mentors volunteer again. If you would like to become a mentor, please get in touch via our contact form