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!

Aoife Moore

Aoife is an award winning political correspondent for the Sunday Times Ireland. Born in Derry city during the peace process she has won awards for her coverage on the conflict in her home town as well as investigative work covering the Mother and Baby Homes and Direct Provision. She has dedicated most of her career investigating women’s issues including the harassment of women in politics and single mothers. She was Irish Journalist of the Year 2021.

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Alan Smith

Alan is the Political Editor for Bauer Radio in Scotland, providing content and direction for the biggest commercial radio stations in the country including Radio Clyde and Radio Forth.

He has been in the role since 2015 and has covered some of the biggest political stories in recent times including multiple elections, the ongoing constitutional debate in Scotland, changes in Prime Minister, Brexit and the Covid pandemic.

Alan started his journalism career in 2003 and is passionate about the role commercial radio plays in delivering news to local audiences.

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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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Alex Webb

Alex is a film-maker for BBC Sport, currently working on ‘Women in Sport Power List’ for Woman’s Hour.

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Alice Rizzo

Alice is a highly experienced video journalist based in London. With over five years in the field, she has honed her skills working for top news organisations such as Reuters and BBC News. She has covered major global events, including Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic, and has extensive experience producing video content in fast-paced news environments.

In addition to her on-the-ground experience, she holds a Master’s degree in Global Politics from Birkbeck University of London. Alice previously worked for Internews, a charity focused on training journalists in developing countries. As a freelance video producer, Alice continues to bring her expertise and dedication to her work in the field.

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Alpa Patel

Alpa is a BBC presenter and reporter. Alpa has presented for BBC World News and BBC London News since 2015. She has fronted BBC London’s Politics programme and has carried out interviews with a range of politicians and celebrities from Boris Johnson, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, London Mayor Sadiq Khan to Joe Wicks, Roger Federer and Ella Eyre. As a presenter and reporter she has covered major events including 2016 Referendum result, 2016 US Election, the London Bridge and Westminster Bridge attacks and the ongoing COVID pandemic.

Prior to joining the BBC, Alpa spent six years as a Presenter and Reporter for ITV Wales, ITV Anglia News and ITV News.

Her particular interest is in reporting on health stories. She has reported extensively on issues around the provision of IVF, baby loss, disparities in healthcare for women of colour, the increasing number of children suffering from food allergies and anaphylaxis and the impact of dementia on people and society.

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Amanda Akass

Amanda is a politics and business correspondent at Sky News focused on the early breakfast programme, the Early Rundown. She has been reporting on politics since beginning her journalism career covering the 2008 London mayoral elections for local commercial radio and has interviewed all three of the country’s most recent Prime Ministers – Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss and Boris Johnson.   

Before joining Sky Amanda spent ten years at the BBC, most recently as a reporter, presenter and video journalist at BBC South East. She worked as the region’s political editor during the covid pandemic and is also a very experienced court and home affairs reporter, delivering award winning coverage from the Old Bailey such as the trial of the Shoreham air crash pilot Andy Hill.

She has also carried out many longform investigations, and last year spent many months covering the case of the necrophiliac murderer David Fuller. 

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Amar Mehta

Amar is a sports journalist at Sky Sports News, covering cricket, tennis, rugby, F1, darts, NBA, NFL and boxing. He is in the digital team, working on live events, news and features. He was previously a reporter at Sky News, covering national and international news.

Amar has a background in local news and legal journalism, as well as experience in business and music journalism. Amar studied International Relations at the University of Nottingham before completing his NCTJ Diploma at the Press Association.

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Andrew Browne

Andrew is the Editor of the Central Scotland edition of STV News at Six and is based at STV’s Glasgow headquarters.  He has worked in television news for almost 20 years and been with STV since 2019.

Andrew began his career as a Production Journalist at BBC Scotland, where he went on to work as a location & gallery producer. He was the Editor of BBC Reporting Scotland from 2014-2017.  Andrew studied Film & Media Studies at Stirling University, before completing a Postgraduate in Broadcast Journalism at Cardiff University.

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Andrew Moon

Andrew is a sports broadcaster for BBC South.

After studying Mathematics and Computer Science at University he decided that he wanted to be a sports journalist after commentating on the varsity football match for University Radio Nottingham in 2007.

After graduating Andrew worked as a computer programmer while helping out in the studios for BBC Radio Solent’s Saturday sports show. Over the years he has worked his way up picking up more and more freelance shifts eventually getting a 3 day a week contract in 2013 and finally being made full-time in 2017.

Andrew has been in the station’s Portsmouth commentator since 2012 and also presents the sport one day a week on BBC South Today TV.

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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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Anya Ryan

Anya is a theatre critic and culture journalist based in Birmingham. She is also a TV writer, for BBC Three.

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Anna Foster

Anna is a Middle East correspondent for the BBC, based in Beirut and reporting from across the region. Before that she spent a decade presenting BBC 5 live Drive, guiding audiences through some of the biggest news and sport stories of recent times. She regularly broadcasts across the BBC, from her former home at Radio 1 Newsbeat to the BBC News Channel, BBC World TV and the BBC World Service. 

Anna is also an award-winning documentary-maker. She won Gold New York Radio Awards for her features ‘15 Minutes from Mosul’ and ‘From The Ground Up’ – for the World Service – which focussed on the under-reported conflict in the Central African Republic. Her 5 live team also won the Association of British Science Writers award in 2019 for a special programme on the groundbreaking ‘Women of NASA’. 

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Ayshah Tull

Ayshah Tull

Ayshah Tull is an award-winning Presenter and Broadcaster currently working at ITV News.  

Presenting and reporting on the biggest stories of our time.  

Her BAFTA nominated news programme that she presented, alongside black colleagues who fronted and worked behind the scenes was described as groundbreaking.  

She’s been a journalist for over 10 years, and started her on screen career presenting BBC Newsround. 

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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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Becky Johnson

Becky is a correspondent with Sky News and covers major news stories across the UK and beyond. Based in the Midlands, Becky has an interest in social affairs and has reported on widespread modern slavery in Leicester’s textile factories and the surge in violent crime involving young teenagers in Birmingham.

Over several years Becky reported on the scandal of baby deaths due to maternity failings in Shropshire that culminated with the Ockenden report that found more than 200 babies died unnecessarily. Becky has continued to highlight maternity failings at other Trusts across the NHS.

Before joining Sky News, Becky worked at ITV News Central where she was a reporter and regular presenter of the flagship programme Central Tonight.

Becky began her career as a BBC News trainee. She is originally from Yorkshire but now lives in Worcestershire with her husband and two children.

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Beth Colson

Beth is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, working in news for 25 years. Currently freelance after taking a career break from spending many years at the AP as Head of Production, one of the things she likes best is to collaborate to improve skills. 

Recent projects include work for the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, helping to ensure students start their journalism careers able to successfully tell good stories. 

Starting off in domestic broadcast, working on the Big Breakfast News, the News Channel and Channel 4 News at ITN, Beth then moved to the BBC where international news became her focus. 

Always up for a new challenge, Beth moved to Associated Press. During her time as Head of News Production, she found her sweet spot in news – where technology and storytelling come together. While working closely with technical colleagues, she led a 20-strong production team through several iterations of digital transformation. 

During her time at AP, she was also part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team whose work won an award for Public Service journalism for a story that resulted in around 2,000 fishing slaves being freed from captivity in Southeast Asia. 

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Bob Hughes

Bob Hughes is a highly-experienced journalist and media executive working in newspapers and broadcasting. He began his career as a reporter with the Midland News Association/Express and Star before joining the Press Association as a sub-editor. He then became a producer with Channel 4 News/ITN before moving to Reuters as a Programme Editor. After moving to Ireland, he worked with Today FM before joining TV3, Ireland’s first national independent TV station, as Deputy Director of News. His consultancy work has included newsroom management training for the Thomson Foundation and strategic change and news production for TVC News in Nigeria. He was a Special Adviser in the last Irish Government and is currently Executive Director of Local Ireland, the industry association that represents 33 local news publishers across Ireland. 

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Catherine Nicholson

Catherine is Europe Editor at France 24’s English-language TV news network. Her job takes her around the European Union and beyond, interviewing presidents, prime ministers, cultural and scientific leaders, and even occasional astronauts – from Turin to Tbilisi, Nicosia to Narva.

Catherine has reported on the ground at all sorts of major international news events, including: Greece’s austerity protests during the Euro debt crisis; following Marine Le Pen in her French presidential bids; and live coverage of the funeral of the UK’s Queen Elizabeth II.

Previously, Catherine anchored France 24’s breakfast news programme “Live From Paris”.

She began her career at various UK radio and TV outlets, including the BBC and Bloomberg TV.

Catherine grew up in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare (very much the Paris of North Somerset) and is now a British-French dual national. She speaks fluent English, French and German, and is working on her Italian.Gillian has reported from the war in Ukraine.

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Cait Fitzsimons


Cait started her career at 5 News not long after its launch in 1997.

Since then she’s spent a lot of time in one of her favourites places – a dark and windowless gallery, as programme editor and producer at Sky News and ITV News.

She’s worked on special programmes for Royal weddings and general elections – as well as a bit of time on the road for Sky’s coverage of the Asian tsunami and the death of Pope John Paul II.

She became Deputy Editor at 5 News in 2014 then Editor in 2018. In that time, it’s been a whirl of referendums, elections, extreme weather, austerity, protests and of course the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Carl Anka

Carl is a journalist who covers Manchester United for The Athletic.

He co-wrote the books “You Are A Champion” and “You Can Do It” with Marcus Rashford.

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Conor Pope

Conor is Online Editor for football publication FourFourTwo.

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Ciaran Jenkins

Ciaran Jenkins

Ciaran Jenkins is Scotland correspondent for Channel 4 News. He can also be seen presenting the programme from London, Leeds and a rooftop spot in Glasgow. Ciaran is a passionate advocate of bringing journalism closer to under-represented communities and has built his career in Wales, the North of England and now Scotland, winning several major awards along the way.

He has had a varied career, with a reputation for unearthing exclusive stories as well as delivering engaging interviews and reporting on major events around the world.

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Ciaran Tracey

Ciaran Tracey was an investigative reporter, producer and editor at some of the BBC’s most respected programmes in TV, radio and podcasts.

In 2021 he founded Big City Nights, a bespoke podcast indie specialising in narrative box set stories of the highest quality. 

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Claire Mc Cormack

Claire is an Agricultural Journalist with significant experience of working with Ireland’s mainstream media and specialised agricultural press including several print and digital platforms such as the Farming Independent, Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, and AgriLand.

Claire is a Researcher in the field of Media Work and Agriculture at University College Dublin where she is currently completing her PhD having received a 2021 Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award from the Irish Research Council.

Claire received the Veronica Guerin Memorial Scholarship at DCU in 2013. She is a member of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists of Ireland and the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists.

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David Bowden

David spent most of his 35-year career as a broadcast journalist at Sky News, where he was Senior Correspondent.

As such, David was an integral part of many of Sky News’ biggest stories. His live reporting of one of the early battles of the 2003 war in Iraq was a world first, simulcast by TV stations across the globe, prompting a senior news executive to write, ”David Bowden pulled off a feat that will go down in the annals of TV news” 

More recently, He was mobbed on the streets of Harare as Zimbabwe celebrated the end of 4 decades of dictatorship by Robert Mugabe. 

At the height of the BHS pensions scandal David was the only reporter to track down and question Sir Philip Green on his mega yacht, which led Sir Philip to threaten to throw correspondent and cameraman in the sea, a Royal Television Society nomination for scoop of the year and front page headlines back home.  

He covered stories both in the UK and abroad, from more than 50 countries, regularly reporting from Afghanistan and Iraq as well as wars in Lebanon, Gaza and the Balkans

He also covered football world cups in South Africa and Russia and reported extensively from Africa, Asia, the United States, Europe and across the Middle East.

As well as contributing to many of Sky News’ national and international awards, David has twice won Medals at the New York Festivals and has been shortlisted for the Bayeux War Correspondent award and the MDGs One World Media award. He is also a former Industrial Society Journalist of the year. 

Before Sky, David worked for both ITV and BBC Television and Radio 

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David Spencer

David is an experienced broadcast journalist, trainer and mentor with nearly 30 years’ experience in the UK media, with audio a particular passion. As well as working as a university lecturer, he has helped begin and advance the careers of dozens of people through his mentoring work. He has worked with the likes of Sky News, Reuters, Wireless Group and Bfbs, as well as doing media training for the Foreign Office and the British Army.

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Dharshini David

Dharshini covers trade and economics across BBC TV, radio and online. She also presents programmes for Radio 4, including the business news for the Today programme. She was previously an economist in government and the City before joining the BBC and fronting it’s coverage in New York as the  global financial crisis took hold. She has also presented business and news programmes for Sky. Dharshini is the author of “The Almighty Dollar” – a bestselling guide to the global economy.

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Dhruti Shah

Dhruti Shah is a multi-award-winning journalist and author. She started in local newspapers before a 14 year career at the BBC working in a variety of editorial roles. She worked for the BBC News website, in factual, for the World Service, in digital newsgathering and as the social news writer in the Washington DC bureau.

She is now a creative practitioner, with a portfolio career including consultancy, relational dynamics coaching, journalism and presenting.

Her bylines have featured in The Guardian, Fortune Magazine, New Arab among others. Her storytelling has been featured by Storycollider and People Like Us for their live events. She is a published poet and the recipient of four global fellowships. She is an advisor for the Museum of Colour and is also a Board Trustee for the John Schofield Trust.

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Dougal Shaw

Dougal Shaw

Dougal is Senior Video Innovation Journalist in the Money & Work team at BBC News, working as a digital reporter who makes original business and technology features. He’s been making all his reports for digital, TV and radio using his phone since 2015, a practice known as ‘mojo’, short for ‘mobile journalism’. He also created the business advice series CEO Secrets, which he turned into a book in 2022. 

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Dominic Hewitson

Dominic began his career at Chronicle Live in Newcastle. He started out as a video producer and was promoted to video editor after eight months, as the newsroom began to move its focus from print to digital. He then worked in the Digital Production Unit at Sky Sports in London for four years, working on some of the world’s biggest sports news stories and working on several Deadline Days. More recently he’s worked as a digital content editor at ITV News, a social media video journalist at Reach PLC and as an academic tutor at the University of Sunderland.

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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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Elaine Willcox

Award winning journalist, Elaine Willcox has covered some of the biggest stories at home and abroad during her 20+ year career. After reporting undercover in China, Elaine’s interviews with the families of those who drowned in the Morecambe Bay Cockling Disaster won both National and International Awards, including an historic first BAFTA for regional news. 

Elaine has reported around the world. Covering George Bush’s tour in the Middle East, filming with women in Afghanistan, the townships of South Africa and always aims to give people at the heart of a story a voice.

Elaine currently combines a management and onscreen presenting role at ITV Granada, as Deputy Head of News and Lead Correspondent, based in MediaCity in Salford. She is passionate about improving diversity on screen and is part of ITV’s Disability Network to challenge barriers and accelerate diversity. 

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Ellen Ellard

Ellen is a freelance football reporter for BBC Radio 5 Live Sport and Final Score, commentator for the WSL world feed and presenter for Manchester City Football Club. She started out at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire aged 18 working across their sport coverage and presenting the stations BBC Music Introducing show which gave her opportunities to present and create content for both Radio 1 and 6 Music.

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Emma Thomasson

Emma is a British journalist, consultant and trainer based in Berlin. She previously worked for Reuters as a correspondent and bureau chief in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, South Africa and the UK. She has reported on a wide range of topics including business, technology, economics, politics and international law.

Emma is also a leadership coach and an advocate for better workplace mental health. At Reuters she helped run a peer network which supports journalists suffering from stress and trauma, and ran workshops on burnout and resilience. Worried about rising anxiety problems among young people, including her two sons, she is currently working on a project to promote more constructive journalism for teenagers.

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Esme Wren

Esme is the Editor of Channel 4 News, leading the team through the extraordinary events of 2022 including the invasion of Ukraine, the death of the Queen and political turmoil in Westminster. Previously Esme was editor of BBC Newsnight overseeing the infamous Prince Andrew interview with Emily Maitlis in addition to groundbreaking investigations into the Tavistock hospital and Unregulated Childrens’ homes. Before that Esme was the Head of Politics and Specialist Journalism at Sky News.

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Fergus Bell

Fergus is an experienced journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering, verification, newsroom innovation and collaborative journalism projects. Fergus’ experience spans both the business and editorial sides of the news industry. He has previously worked for CNN, ITN and spent eight years as a journalist and producer at the Associated Press, where he became their first International Social Media and UGC Editor.

In 2019 Fergus co-founded Fathm, an independent news lab and consultancy working with broadcasters, publishers and media start-ups. He is also the co-founder of Pop-Up Newsroom, a framework for collaborative journalism projects that has seen success in the US, UK, India, Sweden and with the multi-award winning ‘Verificado’ – an initiative designed to monitor for misinformation during the Mexican elections.

Fergus is a faculty member of the European Broadcast Union’s Academy and a graduate of the University of Leeds. in 2020 he joined the Online News Association’s Board of Directors.

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Flora Hunter

Flora Hunter is Deputy Foreign News Editor at ITV News, responsible for planning the network’s international coverage. 

She has produced stories around the world including in Pakistan, North Korea, the US and her native Dublin.  

Flora has been at ITV News for 16 years, having previously worked at APTN.  

She began her career as an NCTJ apprentice on a local newspaper and went on to report for the Evening Standard, Costa Rica Today and the Sunday Telegraph before switching to broadcast journalism.  

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Francesca Comyn

Francesca spent 10 years working in independent radio (Newstalk and Today FM) as a news reader, general reporter and legal affairs correspondent feeding into news bulletins and current affairs programmes. In 2015, she switched to print and has spent the last few years reporting mostly on legal, business and public affairs, first for the Business Post and now for online publication The Currency. She has won several awards for her legal reporting.

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Gary Taphouse

Gary is a football commentator at Sky Sports.

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Gabriel Gatehouse

Gabriel is an award-winning foreign correspondent with over a decade’s experience of reporting from around the globe.

After studying Russian language and literature, Gabriel’s first job in journalism was in radio, as a production assistant at the BBC World Service’s Russian Service. Here he cut his teeth, first as a producer and then as a reporter (and learned how to cut ¼ inch tape with a razor blade).

Things have moved on since then: after postings for BBC News in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, Gabriel is now based in London as Newsnight’s International Editor, still travelling frequently, focusing on in-depth and long-form reporting and analysis on the stories that shape our world.

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Gillian Joseph

Gillian has more than 30 years of broadcast experience, she currently presents Sky News at Ten and can be regularly seen across the rest of the output as well as reporting on the road.

She started her broadcasting career with the BBC in Manchester before becoming a radio reporter and producer with Radio Merseyside. During her time in Liverpool, she was one of the first to break the news of the James Bulger murder case in 1993.

Gillian returned home to London in 1998, working as a reporter and newsreader on BBC Radio 1. Since then she has reported for the BBC’s Black Britain programme, both the One and Six O’Clock News, Newsnight and the Holiday programme .

Prior to joining Sky News, Gillian presented the news on BBC Breakfast and on BBC London. She also worked as a presenter for BBC News 24.

Accustomed to seminal stories, she presented live on air for several hours the day Iraq went to the polls in the country’s first democratic elections and played a major role in the coverage of the aftermath of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton and historic American Presidential elections from Washington DC, amongst others.

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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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Hewete Haileselassie

Hewete was born and raised in London but has lived and worked in France, the US and Kenya. She  started her career interning at the U.N and Worldbank.

Hewete joined the BBC in 2008 as a journalism trainee and has spent most of her career in the World Service. She’s produced for BBC Africa both from London and as a field producer across Africa.

From 2016-2018 she was Future Talent Senior Producer for WS Languages running entry-level trainee schemes for bilingual journalists. In this post she developed career workshops for existing staff that she went on to deliver to hundreds of staff within World Service languages and across Africa. She recently spent two years based in Nairobi as Training and Talent Manager for the region and has sat on the steering committee for BBC Global Women in News since 2014. She currently is Senior Journalist Team Manager on the 50:50 Equality Project. 

Hewete is passionate about Diversity & Inclusion. She has recently been appointed a trustee for the Hamlin Fistula Foundation – a charity that aims to eradicate obstetric fistula in Ethiopia. She recognises the importance of both getting diverse voices on air, and ensuring the teams behind the news reflect the diversity of our audiences. Working across Africa with the BBC and in 2014 reporting from a refugee camp on the South Sudanese border, Hewete saw first-hand the importance of a diverse reporting team when women were eager to tell her their stories. It is an experience that will always stay with her.  

Hewete believes ‘we are all responsible for what our industry looks like.’ 


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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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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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James Besanvalle

James is the assistant opinion and first-person editor at Metro.co.uk, who founded the site’s Immigration Nation series. He covers news, showbiz and lifestyle angles, with a particular interest in LGBTQ+ and immigration stories.

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James Scurry

James Scurry is a Senior Producer and an Assistant Editor at Sky News, where he works on the Newshour with Mark Austin, Sky News Tonight and News at 10.

James also worked for many years as a Deputy Foreign News Editor at Sky News where he played a role in many of the biggest international news stories over the past decade, including Sky’s RTS-award winning coverage of the Arab Spring.

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

Outside of his career at Sky, James is a UKCP accredited psychotherapist and is Co-Founder and Head of Media for the mental health non-profit organisation SafelyHeldSpaces.org, where he provides broadcast media training to mental health professionals and those with lived experience.  He also provides mental health editorial training to journalists and newsrooms.

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James Mahon

James is a TV reporter and university lecturer from Ireland based in Scotland. He has reported for regional and national outlets across the world from the US to India and is currently a reporter for ITN Business and ITV Border. He has completed one of the first doctoral studies in mobile journalism and has led on media curriculum development while as a university lecturer and course leader.

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Jennifer Cosgrove

Jennifer Cosgrove is an Irish Times journalist where she has been working for four years. She started out in local radio as a researcher for the award-winning programme Déise AM on WLR FM. She has also worked in current affairs programming at Virgin Media Ireland and has written for several publications in print and online.

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Jenny Huston

Jenny Huston is an Irish Canadian radio presenter and designer. She has been involved in radio since University in Canada in the 90’s. Jenny’s involvement with radio grew with her move to Ireland where she presented a nightly rock show on the Irish national broadcaster RTÉ 2fm for nearly a decade. Not limited to music, Jenny made regular daytime talk radio contributions and television appearances alongside her own magazine show The Snug.

A regular face and voice of the Irish festival scene she broadcast from all the major annual music events, interviewing artists new and established. She is author of the book In Bloom: Irish Bands Now, published November 2009.

Jenny temporarily left radio to set up her award winning sustainable jewellery company Edge Only in 2014, but was happily lured back to radio by U2 and now splits her time between both passions. Jenny started with U2 X Radio on Sirius XM North America in March of 2021 as host of weekday mornings 10am-1pm ET / 7am-10am Pacific.

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Jen Stout

Jen Stout is an freelance journalist, previously in Russia and often in Ukraine, but originally from Shetland. She was trained on local papers and BBC radio and now does a mixture of print, broadcast and photos.

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Jon Brady

Jon is a live news reporter and multimedia journalist with the Daily Record in Scotland, covering breaking news stories across the country. He has recently filed dispatches from significant events including the death of Queen Elizabeth II and Rangers fans in Seville for the 2022 Europa League final. Prior to this, he was Local Democracy Reporter for Fife, Clackmannanshire and Angus, and a news and council reporter at DC Thomson in Dundee.

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Joey D’Urso

Joey is investigations writer for The Athletic, covering football.

Previously he reported on politics and social media for Reuters, BBC News, BuzzFeed News, Wired and the Sunday Times. He recently completed a part-time MSc at the Oxford Internet Institute.

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Joe Cooper

Joe is a video journalist who works for Sports News Television, part of Associated Press. He works in the field across the North of England. Joe has previously worked for Reach PLC, heading up their sports video department, managing teams to produce video content across a wide variety of UK-based regional and national titles.

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John Burke

Journalist, RTE News.

Series Editor, Radio News Programmes at Morning Ireland, RTE News at One, This Week RTE, and RTE World Report.

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Jon Williams

As Foreign Editor, first of the BBC, then in New York at the US network ABC, Jon spent a decade leading the broadcasters’ reporting of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, winning two Emmy Awards for coverage of the Syrian Civil War and the resulting refugee crisis. From 2001-2003, he was the deputy editor of BBC’s One’s Six O’clock News before becoming the UK News Editor, leading the BBC’s response to the 7/7 London transport bombings in 2005. 

Between 2017 and 2022, Jon was the Managing Director, News & Current Affairs of Ireland’s public broadcaster, RTÉ. He led the creative renewal of RTÉ News and its transformation into a digital-first news organisation, making it the market leader on radio, on Tv and online – and Ireland’s most trusted news source. 

Jon returned to London in September, where he is currently writing a book due for publication in the autumn. He serves on the board of the New York  based Committee to Protect Journalists. 

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Josh Parry

Josh is LGBT & Identity Producer and reporter for BBC News, having previously worked as senior planning producer at BBC Breakfast. Prior to moving into broadcast, he was a senior reporter for the Liverpool ECHO where he won Young Journalist of the Year at the Regional Press Awards. 

During his career he’s covered a variety of different beats – from showbiz and celeb news to politics and social affairs – but it was back in 2017 when he went undercover to shine a light on so-called ‘conversion therapy’ that he discovered his passion for LGBT news. 

Most recently, he produced a documentary ‘Fleeing Afghanistan: Free to Be me” with exclusive access to a group of Afghans who fled their country to escape The Taliban. 

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Josie Verghese

Josie joined the BBC as a PA and didn’t pursue her own journalism career until she had worked as Newsround’s Production Secretary. Now an Assistant Editor for BBC News she continues to have a youth specialism, leading the award-winning BBC Young Reporter (nee School Report) initiative. 

Having also worked for BBC Sport, 5 Live and BBC London nurturing new talent, news literacy and championing underserved contributors and audiences has always been Josie’s focus. As well as being a John Schofield Trust Senior Fellow she has worked with the Media Trust and Creative Diversity Network to advocate and amplify diversity in news. 

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Katie Razzall

Katie is Culture and Media editor at BBC News and presents The Media Show on BBC Radio 4.  An award-winning journalist, Katie was nominated for a BAFTA for her report for BBC Newsnight on how covid spread through a chain of care homes, and won an RTS award for her coverage of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Prior to taking up her current role, Katie was special correspondent and then UK editor at Newsnight.  Her journalistic career began at ITN, first on the ITN Traineeship Scheme and then as a producer, reporter and presenter on Channel 4 News.

Spending three weeks travelling by train around India with Jon Snow for a series of reports was a career high that is still hard to beat.

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Katherine O’Donnell

Katherine is a journalist and LGBTI campaigner. She was formerly night editor of The Times, Scotland.

She is a board member of the Equality Network.

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Kaye Nicolson

Kaye is a reporter for STV News, based in Edinburgh, with an ongoing focus on poverty and inequality. She is passionate about social justice stories and giving a voice to people who often feel unheard. In 2022, she won awards for long-form reports on asylum seekers and dementia, which ran on STV current affairs programme Scotland Tonight.

Kaye cut her teeth at the Press and Journal newspaper in the north-east of Scotland, where she covered everything from sheriff court stories and local government wranglings to the fatal RAF Tornado crash in the Moray Firth. She was twice named Highlands and Islands Young Journalist of the Year.

Kaye is a regular participant in the STV newsroom’s award-winning Expert Voices initiative, which aims to bring more diversity to our screens.  She is also an ambassador for Alzheimer Scotland.

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Lara Lewington

Lara Lewington

Lara is passionate about tech, and how it can better our lives. She presents the BBC’s flagship technology show, Click, as well as appearing on a host of other programmes, talking about the role of innovation and AI in our lives now, and in the future.

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Laura Garcia

Laura García is a Mexican multimedia storyteller with a wide range of television and online experience. Currently she tells stories as part of the video team at BBC Mundo.

Her journey started back in her home town of Monterrey, Mexico as a photographer for a newspaper. She lived and worked in the groovy town of Austin TX for a little while before moving to the UK in 2011. Since then, she has worked in different newsrooms across the UK and taught journalism at the University of Kent’s Centre for Journalism for five years.

Laura spent the first two years of the pandemic as part of the training team at First Draft, a non-profit that researches disinformation. She is passionate about diversifying the media. She is a mentor for WINN Latam, the Refugee Journalism Project and I LOVE NETWORKING. 

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Lauren Moss

Lauren is the BBC’s LGBT and Identity Correspondent. She is experienced in a range of specialisms across the BBC including as a national Health Correspondent during the Covid pandemic responding to breaking news as the UK went into lockdown. She also led political coverage in the BBC’s South East news team during the 2019 General Election and Brexit and has worked within Home Affairs, reporting on harrowing cases in London.

Before joining the BBC Lauren spent eight years in commercial radio where she presented breakfast news at stations including Liverpool’s Radio City, hosted rugby league and football shows and co-presented at stations across the north west of England. She’s worked on long investigations including exposing the Sex-for-Rent scandal that led to a change in the law and recently presented a documentary about LGBT+ people who fled Afghanistan when the Taliban took control and rebuilt their lives in the UK.

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Layla Wright

Layla Wright is a multi-award winning documentary presenter and journalist. She started her career in local radio in Liverpool before reporting for stations such as BBC Radio 4 and Radio One. She has presented and made documentaries for BBC Three and BBC One’s Panorama.

She was recently taken under the wing of documentarian Louis Theroux who is working with Layla on a range of new projects.   

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Lisa Summers

Lisa Summers is the Health & Social Care Correspondent for BBC Scotland.

Lisa has worked at the BBC for over twenty years and has had a varied career across TV, radio and digital output.

She’s made a number of investigative current affairs programmes and has worked in sport, topical & feature programming as well as news.

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Lisa McNally

Lisa started her journalism career in Ireland, at TV3 News (now Virgin Media). She had a number of roles within their news and current affairs division over a six year stint, before leaving TV3 to take up role as an International Editor for NBC News in London. She worked with the team there on their flagship shows, including Nightly News and The Today Show.  

 Lisa left NBC to take up the role of Ireland Producer at Sky News. She has remained with Sky since 2018, working between the two bureaus in Dublin and Belfast. 

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Lucy Adams

Lucy Adams has been a journalist for 22 years. She started out as a print journalist with The Sunday Times Scotland and later became the first female Chief Reporter of The Herald where she won a number of national and international awards for her domestic and foreign reporting.

In 2014 she joined BBC Scotland as a political correspondent and covered the Scottish referendum. Since then she has reported several times for Panorama, File on 4 and Disclosure.

She now focuses on original journalism as BBC Scotland’s Social Affairs Correspondent. 

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Lucy West

Lucy has been the Head of News at ITV Granada Reports since its move to Media City UK in 2013.   She heads up a team of 60 people working as journalists, camera crew and production staff.  Her team deliver a multi-platform news service for the North West including the 6pm flagship programme, Granada Reports.  

Lucy has experience of leading teams through major breaking domestic news stories in the North of England including the Cumbria Shootings, Britain’s biggest manhunt for Raoul Moat, Hillsborough and the Manchester Arena bombing.   She has won several major awards including two Baftas for news coverage.     

In her role Lucy also looks after the ITV News traineeship, the ITV News Academy and leads on core training for news teams. 

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Luke Smith

Luke is a senior writer on Formula 1 for The Athletic.

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Marie Crowe

Marie is a broadcaster at RTE Sport.

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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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Mark Wray

Mark is former Head of Training at the BBC and ex MD of Press Association Training. Mark has worked as a newspaper, TV and radio journalist and was a programme editor at BBC Radio 5 Live. He’s coached several hundred BBC reporters, correspondents and presenters including many household names. Mark is now semi-retired doing some journalism mentoring and development and awards judging. He’s an external examiner for Bournemouth University’s Broadcast Journalism course.

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Martha Kelner

Martha is the US Correspondent for Sky News, based in Los Angeles and reporting on breaking stories, politics and celebrity news across the United States. She was previously based in Washington DC and before that, in London.

Martha is a previous winner of the RTS Young Journalist of the Year award and, in her previous career as a print journalist, was the first woman to be appointed to the role of Chief Sport Reporter on a national newspaper, for the Guardian. She also won the Sport Journalist of the Year award for exposés on doping in Olympic sport and abuse in gymnastics.

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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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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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Merlyn Thomas

Merlyn is a broadcast journalist for the BBC, and currently focuses on disinformation around the world and with climate change.

She was a Fellow on the 2022 Early Career Programme.

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Mike Kumar

Mike is Editor of News Output at Sky News. He’s been with Sky since 2005 and has edited every programme strand on the TV channel. Most recently, Mike was in charge of Kay Burley’s breakfast show, its weekend sister programme and launched The Early Rundown. At the moment he’s in charge of the Sarah-Jane Mee Show and The Newshour with Mark Austin.  

Mike has also been a Desk Editor for Sky News Radio, serving around 300 UK commercial radio stations; and an Assistant Editor on Sky’s Mobile platform.  

Mike began his career in BBC local radio and was also a programme editor at Radio 5 Live, News 24 and BBC Breakfast. 

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Monica Soriano

Monica is Senior News Editor for the BBC News Technology & Innovation Story Team. 

She is in charge of the BBC’s technology news coverage, and is also the first female editor of Click – the global weekly TV tech programme.  Monica has led the transition of the team from London to Glasgow in Scotland – and is committed to making tech stories more accessible and engaging to female, young and diverse audiences.  Her key priorities are to highlight how tech is changing and improving people’s lives for the better – in areas such as health and well being, education and worklife, and sustainability.

Monica has 25 years of experience working for the BBC in Westminster, 5 Live, R4’s Today programme, BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire Show and BBC Scotland’s The Nine. 

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Narzra Ahmed

Narzra is an experienced journalist and sub-editor with an interest in film, music and entertainment. She has written for a variety of publications from Women’s Health to NME. She previously worked as a Showbiz Reporter for the Daily Express.

Narzra is a trustee for the PressPad charitable foundation and is very pleased and excited to be working to encourage others as part of this fantastic organisation.

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Neil Dunwoodie

For the last seven years Neil has been Head of News Output at Sky News, leading a team of programme editors and news producers working on the full range of Sky News programmes.

Before that Neil was Digital Editor at Sky News where he ran the online, mobile and social media teams. Neil has worked at Sky News for 23 years and has covered just about every significant breaking news story from 9/11 to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Neil was Editor of Sky News at Ten for 2 years and Editor of Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes for 6 years. Before joining Sky News, Neil was a BBC trainee and worked as a reporter, producer and programme editor around the UK.

He has mentored many aspiring young journalists over the years, and is delighted to be working with the John Schofield Trust again in 2023. 

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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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Nicola Keaney

Nicola Keaney

Nic Keaney has been appointed Managing Editor at PinkNews, effective in March 2023. Nic was previously with Twitter as EMEA Curation and Trends Lead, and prior to that the managing editor of ITN productions and foreign news editor at Sky News.

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Oruj Defoite

Oruj is Deputy Editor at Good Morning Britain.

She was previously senior producer, writer and programme editor at Channel 4 News.

Over the last 25 years she has worked on flagship news and current affairs programmes. At the BBC she was a presenter and documentary- maker. At ITV, Oruj worked as a newsreader on Europe’s most watched breakfast show. Oruj is an experienced manager and senior leader in the newsroom.

In addition to her TV work, Oruj is passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She has worked with MPs and peers in the House of Lords on policies to increase access for all communities. Oruj is a volunteer on the board of a charity that helps disadvantaged young people get into the jobs market.

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Paul McNamee

Paul is UK editor of The Big Issue. He started out on local newspapers in Northern Ireland before co-founding Belfast-based Irish music magazine Blank with Colin Murray 25 years ago. He moved to the NME in London and following four years there began working for a number of newspapers and magazines, amongst them the Daily Mirror, The Guardian, Belfast Telegraph and The Irish Times.

He has guided The Big Issue through a shift to digital-first output and has been named British Editor of The Year three times by the BSME (British Society of Magazine Editors 2013, 2016, 2022), was named Editor of the Year four times by the leading publishing industry body PPA Scotland, was inducted into the PPA Scotland Hall of Fame in 2021 and voted BSME Editors Editor of the year in 2021.


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Paraic O’Brien

Paraic is a foreign affairs correspondent with Channel 4 News. His focus has been almost exclusively on Ukraine since the full scale invasion in February 2022. As well as conflict, the other themes in his work include the movement of people and the experiences of refugees, and also extremism.  

Paraic’s investigations include the multi-award winning “Bruce Lee, King of Romania’s Sewers”,

Before joining Channel 4 News he worked at the BBC as an investigations reporter for BBC London News and Newsnight on occasion. Prior to that he was a community worker in Ireland and south London.

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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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Quentin Sommerville


Quentin Sommerville has spent the last ten years as the BBC’s Middle East correspondent and is based in Beirut. Before that he was in Afghanistan and China.

He started his journalism career at the shipping newspaper Lloyds List. 

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Raphael Honigstein

Raphael is a sports writer for The Athletic and author of numerous books on the beautiful sport.

Munich-born, he has lived in London since 1993.

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Ravin Sampat

Ravin Sampat is Editor and 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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Rich Preston

Rich is a presenter on the BBC World Service and anchor on BBC World News TV, reporting major international stories for the BBC’s global audiences and reacting to live and breaking news.  

Rich previously covered Western Europe, reporting some of the most significant events to shape the continent in generations, including the migrant crisis, the Scottish Independence Referendum, terror attacks in France and Belgium, and the UK’s Brexit vote. 

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Rob Flett

Rob still remembers what it was like getting his first break gaining work experience in BBC local radio. He was a BBC News Trainee in 1995, and has years of experience reporting and producing radio and TV news content. Outside the BBC, he is a charity trustee and spent seven years working in senior communication roles at several large organisations.

More recently he’s returned to the BBC leading the small team producing hyper-local content in the Orkney Islands.   

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Rob Makepeace

Rob is a broadcast journalist at BBC Radio Lincolnshire in sport. He regularly commentates on the local football teams and covers a range of different sports which involves the local athletes.

Rob regularly produces and presents shows, social media and a podcast.

He also works for England Hockey as an announcer.

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Rob Osborne

From mentee to mentor, Rob was part of the JST scheme a decade ago. Having focused on building a career in Wales, Rob is now the National Correspondent for ITV Cymru Wales and presenter of the weekly programme Sharp End. He has made several long-form programmes on subjects as diverse as male suicide, down syndrome and, more recently, one called ‘King & Cymru.’ 

Rob’s focus on original journalism and distinctive storytelling has helped him win multiple awards, including Welsh TV Journalist of the year on three occasions. 

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Rosa Furneaux

Rosa is an investigative journalist specialising in global health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Her reporting focuses on access to medicine, and she received the Amnesty International Gaby Rado Award for her coverage of Covid-19 vaccine inequity. She has reported from Europe, North America, South America, Africa, and the Middle East, and was previously based in San Francisco, California.

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Rosie Wright

Rosie is a presenter on Times Radio. She was formerly breakfast anchor at EuroNews and GBNews.

In her spare time she is a choir director!

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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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Ronke Phillips

Ronke Phillips

Ronke is a Senior Correspondent at ITV London News and has mentored for the Trust numerous times.

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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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Ruth Evans

Ruth Evans is an investigative filmmaker and reporter at the BBC. She started her career on ‘File on 4’, exposing a kidney trafficking gang in Pakistan and the abuse of children at Aston Hall psychiatric hospital. She has made several documentaries for BBC Three, including the award-winning False Hope: Alternative Cancer Cures, and recently filmed and directed two investigations about Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power and Hip-Hop’s Open Secret. 

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Sangita Myska

Sangita Myska (pronounced: my-scar) is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. She is a presenter at LBC; her live, unscripted, show, for which she is editorial lead, airs every weekend afternoon. A number of clips from the show have gone viral including one listener arguing that Rishi Sunak’s South Asian heritage meant he should not be Britain’s Prime Minister. Sangita’s calm dissection of the caller’s motives won her huge praise. The clip featured on Trevor Noah’s Daily Show in the US and news outlets in India, Canada, the Caribbean and Australia.  

Sangita is also the presenter, co-creator and editorial lead of Positive Thinking on BBC Radio 4. 

Sangita spent 19 years as a BBC National News correspondent, working on many of the UK’s major news stories for the News Channel, BBC 1 Bulletins, Radio 4’sToday Programme and the Six and Ten o’clock news. This includes undercover investigations, breaking news stories, and a string of Royal events. She has also written and presented several BBC documentaries, reported on primetime consumer and current affairs programmes, and created two successful podcasts for BBC Sounds. In 2022 Sangita spent time working as the BBC’s South Asia Correspondent based in Delhi. 

Sangita began her career by winning a place on a BBC Trainee Reporter Scheme, after graduating with a Law and Politics degree from the University of Birmingham. 

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Sam Tranum

Sam is co-founder, deputy editor and a reporter at Dublin Inquirer, a local, independent paper covering Dublin city since 2015. Before moving to Ireland in 2013, he was a reporter at daily newspapers the Charleston Daily Mail (West Virginia) and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Florida), and for Energy Intelligence weekly newsletters, writing from Washington DC, London and Kolkata. He also taught journalism for two years to students at the American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan, worked as a sub-editor at The Statesman, a daily newspaper in Kolkata, is the author of several books.

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Sarah Beale

Sarah has worked as a journalist for 35 years. She started off in local papers before working shifts on national newspapers, joining the BBC as a news trainee in 1992.

She was a reporter on BBC London for several years before going on to work as a producer and reporter for the BBC in Brussels and in Washington.

After a spell as a PR for various charities and other organisations, she’s now a producer at Channel 4 News. 

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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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Dr Sian Williams

For more than thirty five years, Sian worked in daily broadcast news – as a reporter, producer and anchor of some of the BBC’s biggest shows, including more than a decade hosting BBC Breakfast. She then became the main anchor on ITN’s 5 News.

As well as journalism, Sian is a Doctor of Counselling Psychology, having spent fifteen years training, from her first course as a trauma assessor, to a Masters, and finally, a Professional Doctorate.

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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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Steph Oliver

Steph Oliver is the North of England News Editor for Sky News. She has been heavily involved in many of the biggest UK stories over the past decade and in particularly in the North of England where she played an integral part in Sky’s RTS-award winning coverage of the Manchester Arena Bomb. 

Steph has worked at Sky News for over 12 years. She started her career as a producer working on a number of different programmes as well as working for the Sky News website, planning department, news desk and field producing before moving to her current role based in Manchester. 

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Stephen Jardine

In 200 he rejoined STV and went on to present a wide range of programmes including documentaries, live events and the flagship news show “Scotland Today”. For this work Stephen received the RTS Best Regional Presenter Award. 

Stephen now works for the BBC, presenting Mornings on BBC Radio Scotland and the TV political discussion show “Debate Night” on BBC Scotland. He also writes for The Scotsman and The Times 

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Steve Scott

Steve is Sports Editor and regular news presenter at ITV News.

In 2021 he was named both broadcast journalist of the year and sports news reporter of the year at the annual Sports Journalists’ Association Awards.

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Steven Donn

Steven is Sports Editor of the Scottish Daily Mail and Scottish Mail on Sunday.

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Tim Burke

Tim Burke is editor of Politics England on BBC ONE and editor of Outside Broadcasts for local elections, general elections, US elections etc for the many BBC results programmes. 

He also manages forty or so political reporters around England, and is in charge of Editorial Standards across BBC England. 

A Sony award winning and BAFTA nominated journalist, Tim has thirty years of experience under his belt. 

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Tom Calver

Tom Calver is Data Editor at The Times and The Sunday Times. He writes feature-length data journalism on a range of different topics, and co-runs a team of data journalists.

He was named on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in 2020 and has been highly commended by the Royal Statistical Society.

He started his career at Which? and BBC News. 

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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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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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