Our trustees

The John Schofield Trust is a small charity made up of a board of trustees, advisers and a manager.

Jenny Clark

Jenny Clark

Jenny is treasurer for the John Schofield Trust. She is a Finance Business Partner in the BBC for News and Current Affairs. She has worked in news for a number of years looking after many of the departments  Newsgathering, International Offices, Current Affairs, Central Areas. She also worked in television and was the Finance Director for the Digital Switchover. Originally from New Zealand she has an audit background and has lived in London for many years. She has two daughters in senior school and was the treasurer for 10 years of a very successful after-school provision. Jenny is currently a school governor at an Acton primary school with finance responsibility.

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Louise Hastings

Louise Hastings

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

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

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

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Zaiba Malik

Zaiba is the founder of Coppergate Communications, a consultancy that specialises in reputation, issues and crisis management and media coaching at both national and global levels. She has advised on many high-profile, complex and sensitive issues.

Zaiba is a former award-winning journalist with over 20 years’ experience in news and current affairs. She has been a reporter and producer for outlets in television, radio, print and online including BBC News, Newsnight, Panorama, Radio 4, Dispatches, Unreported World and the Guardian.

Her reporting has been nominated for the Royal Television Society and BAFTA awards and she has received the Women in Film and Television Award. She regularly chairs events and conferences and is also a best-selling author.

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Emma Maxwell

Emma Maxwell is a senior producer for Channel 4 News. She became friends with John when she was an ITN trainee on the Channel 4 Daily breakfast programme in 1991. Since then she has had a 24 year career with Channel 4 News with experience in almost every newsroom role, from news editing to chief subbing. Following the birth of the first of her three children in 1994 she became a pioneer of part time working in the newsroom.

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Nick Pollard

Nick Pollard

Nick Pollard has spent 50 years working in the media industry. He is a Broadcast and Media Consultant/Executive. He 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. Whilst working at the BBC, he helped launch Newsnight. Nick started his journalism career after leaving school when he became a trainee reporter on the Birkenhead News.

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Julie Randles

Julie is CEO of Power2, a leading youth development charity. She joined in January 2020 from the international development charity Build Africa where she was interim CEO, helping to guide their recent merger with Street Child UK. Julie’s career has focused on young people and social mobility, including time spent working at Save the Children as Head of the FAST (Families and Schools Together) programme, as Director of Programmes and Partnerships at the Sutton Trust and as CEO of Causeway Education. She is a Trustee of PRIME Commitment and of the John Schofield Trust, charities working to improve diversity in the legal and broadcast news professions. She is passionate about social justice and improving the lives and life chances of people in disadvantaged circumstances.

Julie has an MA from the University of St Andrews and an M.B.A from the University of Stirling. She is passionate about the transformative effect of reading for pleasure on children’s later attainment, and thinks her own love of reading contributed to her being the first person in her family to be educated past the age of 16.

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Kate Riley

A journalist for more than 30 years, Kate Riley has worked in radio and TV for the BBC’s domestic and International services. Kate is now a consultant, specialising in journalism and leadership training. She trains all over the world in multi-cultural and multi-lingual contexts – covering radio, TV and digital social media. Kate is a BBC trained coach and experienced mentor both inside and outside the BBC. As Managing Editor of BBC Newsgathering, Kate developed an interest in supporting journalists reporting in conflict and disaster zones on high risk stories, as well as those affected by working on distressing stories in newsrooms at home. Kate co-ordinated the BBC’s trauma support network for six years and provided both awareness training and debrief support for the BBC.

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Susannah Schofield

Susannah met John in 1986 when they were both studying at the University of Sussex and they married in 1993. With the support of family and friends, Susannah set up the John Schofield Memorial Trust after John’s death. She was given the RTS Judges’ Award in 2012 for setting up the Trust’s mentoring scheme.

Susie is Head of Fundraising for Cranleigh School. Previously she worked as Head of Alumni Relations at Alleyn’s School in south-east London for nine years

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Dhruti Shah

Dhruti Shah

Dhruti is an award-winning BBC journalist. She was also one of the first young reporters chosen to be a John Schofield Trust mentee back in 2012. She started her career in local newspapers and at Insight News Television before making the move to BBC News. She has worked for Panorama, Newsbeat, the BBC News website, the User Generated Content Hub, the Natural History Unit, the Business Unit, the Washington bureau, and the World Service in a variety of roles. Beyond journalism these include digital strategist, writer, trainer, producer, presenter, and social expert.

She is also a Rotary International Peace Fellow and an Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma. She is a member of the Clore Cultural Leaders Network and the Women of the Future network. She is also working on a book.

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Anand Shukla

Anand has a strong track record leading organisations that focus on education, social mobility and childcare. He has over 10 years leadership experience in Chief Executive, non-executive and trustee roles. He has specialisms in strategy, advocacy, impact management, supported by strong emotional intelligence.

As Chief Executive, he has led Brightside – a mentoring charity that works with 10,000 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds every year. Previously, he led Daycare Trust and Family and Childcare Trust which advocate for high-quality universal childcare and support for families across the UK.

He is a trustee at the Richard Thornton Foundation, and sits on the governing body of the Priory Primary School where he is Chair of the Finance Committee. He served as Non-Executive Director at the Social Investment Business between 2015 and 2019.

Anand’s leadership skills were recognised when he became a Clore Social Leadership Fellow in 2012, and when he was awarded a scholarship by the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of London in 2018 to study strategy at Harvard Business School. He gives career talks through Robert Peston’s Speakers for Schools programme.

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Advisory panel

John Battle

John Battle

John Battle is a lawyer and is the Head of Compliance at ITN. He advises editors and journalists from ITN’s editorial services on legal and regulatory issues, both prior to and following publication / broadcast. He has worked as a lawyer in the news media industry for over 20 years , including two major newspaper groups.

John is Chair of the Media Lawyers Association and is on the Parliamentary and Legal Committee of the Society of Editors. He has a particular interest in open justice issues and court reporting. He wrote the ITN Compliance Manual which is the guide for journalistic standards at ITN. He is an employed barrister and prior to working in the media industry worked as a barrister in the courts.

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Toby Castle

Toby Castle

Toby Castle is Deputy News Editor at the BBC. Previously Toby was Head of Home News at ITV News. He joined ITN in 1999 where he edited across the home and foreign desks.

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Muhammad Darwish

Muhammad Darwish

Muhammad is an experienced producer with a demonstrated history of working in broadcast and digital media. Skilled in field production, storytelling, digital video, news writing and breaking news. Strong media and communication professional with a MA in International Broadcast Journalism from London City University.  Muhammad was a mentee on our 2015 scheme and an online mentor in 2018.

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Alan Grady

Alan Grady

Alan Grady began his career at ITN twenty years ago as one of the company’s first video-journalists. As a senior producer for BBC News, he led teams on numerous foreign assignments, including covering the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As an Executive Producer with Sky News, Alan programme edited some of the biggest stories of the past few years, including the Charlie Hebdo shootings, the Tunisia beach attacks, and the Boston bombing.

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Gill Penlington

Gill Penlington

Gill Penlington is the editor of KayBurley@Breakfast on Sky News. She was Director of News and Event Programming for CNN International and was responsible for the network’s news programming and special coverage across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and is based in London.

Gill was formerly editor of BBC Question Time, where she produced some of the show’s most highly rating editions during the MP’s expenses scandal. She also worked as a producer on BBC Newsnight. Gill has worked in the lobby of the UK Parliament with ITN, and started her career as a researcher in the House of Commons and at a think tank. Gill is also a mentor for the 2016 mentoring scheme.

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Ronke Phillips

Ronke Phillips

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

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Layla Wright

Layla is an award-winning freelance journalist and documentary presenter from Liverpool. Most recently, Layla produced and presented BBC Three documentary, False Hope? Alternative Cancer Treatments, an investigation into natural cancer therapies. Her BBC debut – an investigation for Radio 4 Today’s podcast – uncovered that gang leaders in Merseyside are offering teenagers hundreds of pounds to stab each other. Her findings were used in a parliamentary report to tackle serious crime.

She was named Young Journalist of the Year at the O2 Media Awards 2019 for her reporting for BBC Radio 4 and Radio City, which included her documentary, Gangs, Guns & Grassing. Layla is a mentee on our 2019-20 scheme.

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Trust manager

Cathy Farmer

Cathy Farmer

Cathy Farmer manages the Trust. She has spent much of the past twenty years working for BBC News. As a World Affairs producer, she covered many of the major events of the past two decades both in the UK and overseas, working alongside the BBC’s senior correspondents and reporters. She produced many live events, features and documentaries for the BBC World Service, Radio 4 and 5Live. Her top tip is ‘always carry a torch’ and her journalism heroes include Allan Little and Martha Gellhorn.

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