Our mentors

Being a John Schofield Trust mentee will put you in direct contact for a year with some of the leading journalists in British broadcasting.

It will help you with developing skills, both professional and personal, in a structured way based on individual needs.

To become a mentor, please contact the Trust using the contact form.

To become a mentee on our 2022 scheme, applications will open in the autumn of 2021. More information will be available about the application process then.

Sarah Beale

Sarah (uses both surnames – Morris and Beale) has worked as a journalist for 31 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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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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David Bowden

David Bowden

David is a multi-award winning journalist based. As Senior Correspondent he was an integral part of many of Sky News’ biggest stories.

David has covered events both at home and abroad from more than 50 countries in more than two decades at Sky, regularly reporting from Afghanistan and Iraq as well as covering wars in Lebanon, Gaza, Syria and the Balkans.

He was in Paris to cover the death of Princess Diana, in New York for 9/11, London for the 7/7 bombings and Indonesia for the Boxing Day Tsunami.

He also reported from two World Cups.

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 by the RTS, Bayeux War Correspondent awards and One World Media. He is also a former Industrial Society Journalist of the year.

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Matt Brindley

Matt Brindley

Matt is currently Deputy Managing editor of ITV News. He’s been there 12 years and previously been a programme editor, news editor, and field producer. He edited ITVs 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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Tessa Chapman

Tessa has been Chief Correspondent for 5 News since 2011, covering breaking domestic and international stories.

Her first assignment was in Libya where she reported on the liberation of Tripoli and the hunt for Colonel Gaddafi. International assignments have taken her to Gaza, Jordan, Kenya, Nigeria and Indonesia, while closer to home she covered the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster, the trial of Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik, and the European migrant crisis. Tessa also travelled to America in the wake of both the Sandy Hook and Parkland school shootings to investigate the country’s gun culture.

Tessa enjoys telling domestic stories too. In 2014 her series of reports on child abuse images was nominated for an RTS award, and she has more recently reported in-depth on the stigma surrounding stillbirth, and produced and directed a documentary on young people leaving the care system.

Tessa graduated from the University of Manchester with a first class degree in Politics and Modern History before studying for a post-graduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire.

She started her career in local radio in Manchester, where she was sent to interview the Prime Minister Tony Blair on her first day. She first moved into television news as a reporter for ITV Granada, then worked as a correspondent for Sky News before joining 5 News.

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Ed Chivers

Ed Chivers

Ed produces The Andrew Marr Show at the BBC.  Before that he was an output editor on Politics Live and its predecessor programmes Daily and Sunday Politics. He has also worked in other parts of BBC News, including the BBC News Channel, Newsnight and Today.  Before joining the BBC he worked in local radio.

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Tom Clarke

Tom Clarke

Tom leads all specialist science coverage for ITV News, providing original journalism and detailed analysis of complex scientific thinking and environmental issues. He was previously Science Editor at Channel 4 News and nominated by the prestigious Royal Television Society Journalism Awards for his investigative work on Tamiflu.

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Alex Crawford

Alex Crawford

Alex is Special correspondent, 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. Formerly based in Dubai, Delhi and Johannesburg, 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 was the first reporter to broadcast live from Tripoli’s Green Square as rebel forces took over the Libyan capital.

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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Andrew Dagnell

Andrew is Acting Head of Newsgathering, ITV News. Usually: News Editor, UK Specialists. Ex-Fleet Street reporter.

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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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Oruj Defoite

Oruj Defoite

Oruj is a senior producer, writer and programme editor on the multi-awarding winning 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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Mike Deri Smith

Mike Deri Smith

Mike is the Head of Digital at Channel 4 News, which is the most watched and most followed UK news programme online. His team has been recognised as the Outstanding Digital Team of the Year at the Online Media Awards in 2020.

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Sean Dilley

Sean Dilley

Sean joined the BBC in 2017 and currently reports for Panorama. Since joining, he has investigated and delivered pan-BBC coverage on investigations into charity fraud, The impact of the UK’s terrorist attacks on policing and recently, he was the reporter of Panorama: Fighting for an Education which uncovered a crisis in England’s special educational needs provision, exacerbated by COVID-19 lockdown.

 

Previously, Sean has worked for Sky News, UTV Media’s Talksport and spent seven years working in Parliament as a lobby journalist.

 

In addition to his operational work as a reporter and correspondent, Sean sponsors the BBC’s Reframing Disability in News project and has codeveloped training for journalists on disability.

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Carl Dinnen

Carl Dinnen

Carl is a Political Correspondent for ITV News.

He was previously the Midlands Correspondent for Channel 4 News, as well as being an occasional Presenter there. He used to get up early as GMTV’s Ireland Correspondent. He has worked mostly in the UK but has also covered stories from the US to Yemen and Iraq to Kosovo.

Carl started his career with a CNN internship followed by an ITN traineeship.

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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. She has also hosted events at the European Parliament in Brussels, at London’s Chatham House and at the Ambrosetti Forum’s annual gathering in Cernobbio, Italy.

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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Neil Dunwoodie

Neil Dunwoodie

Neil began his career on the BBC trainee reporter scheme and worked extensively as both a reporter and producer at BBC local radio stations around the country.

He then moved to the BBC TV newsroom in Southampton where he became programme editor of BBC South Today for three years, before making the move to Sky.

At Sky News Neil has been editor of Sky News at Ten for two years and was editor of Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes for six years.

He then became Digital Editor for two years establishing the mobile video team and developing the social media department as part of Sky News’ digital transition.

He has been Head of News Output at Sky News since 2015.

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Cait FitzSimons

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 III.

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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Anna Foster

Anna Foster

Anna has presented 5 Live’s Drive programme for almost a decade, guiding audiences through some of the biggest stories of recent times.

In nearly 20 years as a BBC journalist, she has reported and presented from across the UK and around the world, and covered every type of news and sport story. From the EU Referendum to elections in the UK, US and Israel, and the London 2012 Olympics to terror attacks in Paris, Brussels and Barcelona, Anna is known for her versatility in the field. She has reported on the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, the women of ISIS in Syria, and embedded with British troops during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She regularly broadcasts across various BBC outlets, from her former home at Radio 1 Newsbeat to the BBC News Channel and BBC World TV.

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 BBC World Service – which focussed on the under-reported conflict in the Central African Republic. Her team also won the Association of British Science Writers award in 2019 for a special programme on the ground-breaking Women of NASA.

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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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Martin Geissler

Martin Geissler is a television and radio presenter with BBC Scotland. He’s been one of the main presenters of the nightly news and current affairs programme ‘The Nine’ since its launch in 2019, he also presents the flagship radio Scotland programme ‘Good morning Scotland’ on a Friday morning.

Prior to joining the BBC, Martin spent 16 years working for ITN as a correspondent with ITV News both at home and abroad. He served as Scotland, Africa and then Europe Correspondent before returning to the UK to cover both national and international affairs. He’s been the recipient many international journalism awards.

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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 and has also worked at Channel 4 News. Her journalism has taken her around the world, including America for the historic 2016 Election. She has covered some of the biggest international stories over the years, including the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and has interviewed leading global figures. Her investigations have shone a light on British soldiers with PTSD, climate change in India, and the siege of Aleppo. Roohi has won awards and had her shows recognised by BAFTA and the Royal Television Society. In the past year she has also worked with the digital team producing an award winning new show for the channel. Roohi’s great passion is mentoring disadvantaged youth personally and through Prince Charles’ charity, Mosaic. She has written about mentoring for the Financial Times.

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Chris Howard

Chris Howard

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Chris runs the evening output on Sky News, including Sky News Tonight with Dermot Murnaghan, Sky News’s flagship News At Ten and the Press Preview. But he also runs special projects across the channel, including most recently Sky’s US election coverage.

Previously Chris has held several roles at Sky News, editing programmes, commissioning, and running the planning desk.

Before Sky he was an output editor for the BBC at Westminster, on Newsnight and on the Today programme.

More importantly Chris is father to three wonderful girls who distract me very effectively from the reading, cinema, theatre, music and travel I might otherwise occupy my time on.

Chris believes in working hard, having fun and helping people understand the world better.

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Stuart Hughes

Stuart Hughes

Stuart Hughes is one of the BBC’s most experienced and respected news producers. He has covered major news events in more than 60 countries, including the 9/11 attacks, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,
the Arab Uprisings, the Syrian civil war, the migrant crisis and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic.

While reporting from Iraq in 2003 Stuart was critically injured when he stepped on an anti-personnel landmine, which led to the amputation of his lower leg. After learning to walk again, Stuart resumed his career using a state-of-the-art prosthesis.

Stuart is a patron of the Mines Advisory Group, a charity which clears landmines, cluster munitions and unexploded bombs around the world.

Stuart’s campaigning work against landmines was recognised when he was selected to carry the Olympic Torch in London in July 2012.

Stuart also works to raise awareness of the physical safety issues faced by journalists operating in war zones and the potential psychological toll of reporting conflict.

He is a member of the advisory committee of the Rory Peck Trust, the only charity in the world dedicated to improving the safety and welfare of freelance news gatherers and their families.

He is a a member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and other professional journalism bodies and a member of the Frontline Club in London. Stuart is often called on to share his long experience of journalism, conflict and mental health with academic institutions and NGOs.

He is a sought-after chair and panelist at international media conferences, workshops and seminars.

Stuart Hughes is a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University’s Faculty of Media and Communication. He was a 2012 Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center, a project of Columbia Journalism School in New York and a 2014 Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs Journalism in Columbus, Ohio.

A selection of his work and extracts from recent speaking engagements can be found here.

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Rhodri Jones

Rhodri Jones

Rhodri is the Chief Programme Editor at Channel 4 News, having been before that Head of Home News. He has also worked for BBC Newsnight after starting his broadcast journalism career at the BBC Political Research Unit in Millbank.

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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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Bernadette Kitterick

Bernadette is a senior producer with BBC Newsgathering based in London. Until recently Bernadette managed the BBC’s Journalism Trainee and Apprenticeship schemes. She has worked as a TV producer with BBC News, ITV and former ITV Breakfast programme GMTV. She was a newspaper reporter in the North West of England and the West Country for six years before moving into broadcasting.

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Mike Kumar

Mike is an Output Editor, in charge of TV and mobile content at Sky News. Since joining in 2005, he’s held a number of senior roles editing programmes across the channel.

Before that, Mike spent more than 12 years at the BBC. He joined as a news trainee working at Greater London Radio (GLR) and the regional programme Newsroom SouthEast. He was a reporter/producer/newsreader at BBC Radio Newcastle, before returning to London as a programme editor on Radio Five Live, BBC Breakfast and News 24.

Mike was previously a mentor for the Trust’s scheme in 2014, 2017 and 2018.

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Lara Lewington

Lara Lewington

Tech journalist and presenter, Lara, co-presents the BBC’s weekly flagship technology show, Click (BBC One, BBC News Channel, BBC World News). 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.

 

Whether it’s standing on a mammoth solar panel island in the North Sea, exploring the impact of robot pets on those with dementia, investigating tech abuse where phones are misused for stalking, or looking into the future through an augmented reality contact lens, she is passionate about what she does, and how it can change our lives.

 

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. As well as interviewing Hollywood A-listers, Lara started doing tech reviews on the Five News sofa, where she realised the direction she wanted to move in, and eventually an opportunity arose at Click.

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.

Lara was once invited to the moon, by an interviewee who actually has tickets.

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Stewart Maclean

Stewart Maclean 

Stewart is deputy editor of BBC Newsnight. He rejoined the programme as assistant editor in 2017 following an earlier spell as a producer on the show.

Stewart worked for several years at ITV News, where he joined as news editor before becoming Head of UK Specialists, leading the newsroom’s teams of specialist correspondents and producers.

Stewart started his career in newspapers. He joined the Daily Mirror graduate trainee scheme in 2004, and went on to become a staff news reporter. He left the Mirror to become a freelance correspondent, based in Johannesburg in South Africa, from where he worked for four years for all of the UK’s national newspapers.

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Joe Miller

Joe Miller

Joe is the Financial Times‘s Frankfurt Correspondent, covering German industry, as well as the biotech and IT sector. He joined the FT from BBC News in 2019, where he had been a correspondent in London, New York, Berlin and New Delhi. While at the BBC, Joe also worked on investigations including the Paradise Papers.

He was a George Weidenfeld Fellow at the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich in 2015. His work has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, The Times and The Guardian. He graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in English Literature.

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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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Jessica Omari

Jessica Omari

Jessica is Business & Economics Producer at ITV News. Previously a Senior Producer, Reporter and documentary film-maker for Reuters covering stories from location internationally including a stint as Reuters on-air correspondent based in Moscow.

Jessica forged her early career as a self-shooting reporter in the Middle East, documenting the growing Syrian refugee crisis. Honing her skills at Al Jazeera and Sky News, she went on to become Specialist and then Senior Producer at ITN’s 5 News covering crises around the world – from Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, to the migrant camps at Calais, to Suruc on the Turkey-Syria border and the drought in Somaliland. Jessica also embedded herself with refugees and migrants following their journey from Lesbos to Germany.

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Alpa Patel

Alpa Patel

Alpa is a BBC oresenter 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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Nick Pollard

Nick Pollard

Nick has spent 50 years working in the media industry. He is a broadcast and media consultant/ executive, currently working with CGTN (China Global Television Network).

Nick is the former Head of Sky News, Executive Producer of News at Ten at ITN and Chief Executive of British Forces Broadcasting. He was the former main board member at Ofcom, the UK’s broadcast and telecoms regulator and head of its content board. Whilst working at the BBC, he was part of the team that launched Newsnight in 1980. Nick started his journalism career after leaving school when he became a trainee reporter on the Birkenhead News. In 2012 he led the inquiry into the BBC’s handling of the Newsnight investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile.

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Tom Pollard

Tom Pollard

Tom is a multi-platform producer at Sky Sports News. In this role he helps run the Sky Sports app and website, as well as making sports bulletins for Sky News and external clients. This has given him a strong understanding of TV and digital platforms, both written and video. Sport is Tom’s real passion but he also spent time freelancing at ITV News, so has worked on both national and regional new programming.

Tom went to Westminster University where he received a degree in journalism. He has a passion for people and is excited to be working with the John Schofield Trust alongside his new mentee!

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Jonathan Rugman

Jonathan has been Foreign Affairs Correspondent of Channel 4 News since 2006, previously serving as the programme’s Washington and Business Correspondent. He began his career based in Turkey for the BBC World Service and “The Guardian” and is the author of “Ataturk’s Children – Turkey and the Kurds”.

Stories he has covered include famine in Somalia, Haiti’s earthquake, the Arab Spring uprisings, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the rise of ISIS in Iraq. He has covered several presidential elections in the US and France and his journalism has won over 10 awards, including a BAFTA in 2016. He has also worked in television documentaries and as a reporter on File on 4 for BBC Radio 4.

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James Scurry

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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Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Kathryn has been the BBC’s political reporter based in Birmingham for the past five years, reporting on regional and national political developments for the audience in the West Midlands. She also reports on some of the biggest stories from the region as a correspondent on national television and radio, regularly appearing on BBC Breakfast, network news bulletins, Radio 4 and 5 Live.

She has recently contributed to a new book on the history of female MPs in the UK called Honourable Ladies and she is a co-founder of the charity Precious Trust, set up to help young women in the region avoid exploitation and make positive choices in their lives.

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Sean Stephens

Sean Stephens

Sean Stephens is the London Bureau Chief for VICE News. After stints at IRN, Channel 4 News, and Al Jazeera English, he joined VICE in 2016 ahead of the launch of its nightly show, VICE News Tonight. He spent several years on the road as a field producer both at VICE News and Al Jazeera, covering everything from the war in eastern Ukraine, to the 2015 refugee crisis, to the counter-terror efforts in Iraq. His work in Yemen focusing on human rights abuses at government-run migrant detention centres and the battle for Hodeidah garnered two Emmy awards.

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Roopa Suchak

Roopa Suchak

Roopa is a Digital Consultant with the BBC World Service. She works with language service teams across the globe to drive digital best practice, storytelling, innovation and growth strategy. A journalist at heart, she has over 15 years of experience working across BBC News platforms.

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Tom Trewinnard

Tom Trewinnard

Tom has ten years’ experience working at the intersection of technology and journalism, leading high-impact international media projects and driving product strategy for collaborative technologies. Formerly Director of Programs at Meedan, Tom led Check Global, a programme dedicated to developing innovative open source tools and training programs for journalists, fact checkers and human rights researchers around the world. Tom is the co-founder of Pop-Up Newsroom, which has led major collaborative reporting initiatives in the UK, US, Mexico, India and Indonesia since launching in 2017, including the award-winning Verificado 2018.

Tom has moderated panels and led workshops on digital journalism at the International Journalism Festival, Online News Association, Personal Democracy Forum, RightsCon, Stockholm Internet Forum, Prix Italia, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and the European Journalism Center’s News Impact Summit. Tom has worked extensively with journalists in some of the Middle East, Europe and Latin America’s leading newsrooms, as well as with citizen journalists from around the world, to research eyewitness media and lead training in verification skills.

Tom holds an MBA from the Eller College of Management, University of Arizona.

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Richard Vadon

Richard Vadon

Richard is currently an Editor in Radio Current Affairs at the BBC. He edits More or Less, The Inquiry and How to Vaccinate the World. Richard has worked at the BBC for just over 20 years working mainly in radio but he has also worked in television on Newsnight, Panorama and Louis Theroux. Before Richard became an editor he mainly made radio documentaries on everting from conspiracy theories to homelessness.

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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

Adam Waters

Adam is responsible for the British Forces Broadcasting Service’s (BFBS)  training and creative agency businesses. He is also the management champion for the BFBS Wellbeing Network.

Before joining BFBS to lead on its digital transformation, he ran Bloomberg Television’s digital desk following an early career spent working at two production agencies.

A published author on digital content, Adam has an obsession with board games.

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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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Claire Williams

Claire Williams

Claire is currently Editor of the BBC World Service 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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Mark Wray

Mark Wray

Mark has been a journalist for 40 years, working in newspapers, local and national radio and regional television.

He’s been working in journalism training for the past 14 years having moved from BBC News in 2006 to join the Corporation’s College of Journalism, which he later went on to lead.

As a former Editor of various 5Live news programmes, Mark was well-placed to lead on presenter and correspondent coaching for those producing radio output. He’s worked on a one-to-one basis with some of the UK’s best-known radio talent as well as many new to the medium.

Mark is also a BBC trained Executive Coach and brings these coaching skills into his feedback sessions encouraging those he’s working with to self-critique while also offering fresh insight based on his considerable experience of working in audio production.

Towards the end of his time in the BBC Mark became Head of Training for the BBC Academy, responsible for the delivery of Journalism, Production, Technology and Leadership training for the BBC’s 20,000 staff. He was the lead Academy contact for training associated with the move to New Broadcasting House.

Mark joined the Press Association in 2016 as Managing Director of PA Training, delivering NCTJ-accredited journalism training, including apprenticeship programmes, as well as a suite of short-courses covering PR and Communications as well as Journalism.

He’s currently enjoying a career break.

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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