Category Judges

STEVIE SPRING Chair of the Judges

Stevie is chairing the 2013 Comment Awards. She is Senior Independent Director at the Engine Group; Chairman of BBC Children in Need; CEO of an internet start-up and a business advisor to both The Big Issue Group and the Shadow Chancellor. She graduated in law and spent four years in marketing, and two years launching breakfast television into the UK before starting a 16-year career in advertising agency management.

From 1999 to 2006, she was UK Chief Executive of Clear Channel; and from June 2006 to November 2011 she was CEO of Future plc. A frequent lecturer and commentator, she is a Fellow of both the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and of the Marketing Society; past president and an honorary member of the Women's Advertising Club; a Patron of NABS; a member of The Thirty Club; and immediate past chairman of The Groundwork Federation. Last year, Kent University awarded her an honorary doctorate for services to business.

David Abraham Chief Executive Officer, Channel 4

David Abraham became Channel 4’s sixth Chief Executive when he joined from UKTV in May 2010. During his three years at UKTV, he masterminded the launch of Dave which laid the foundation for rebranding the entire UKTV network. Prior to this David worked at Discovery Networks USA, where, as President and General Manager for TLC from 2005, he was responsible for overseeing all content investment and strategy. Before heading to the US David was General Manager of Discovery Networks UK for four years from 2001. David began his career in 1984 as a graduate trainee in advertising after taking a degree in Modern History from Oxford University. In the 1990s he was a founding partner and Chief Operating Officer at leading independent advertising agency St Luke’s. David is a Board member of Skillset.

Maria Adebowale Founder and Director, Capacity Global

Maria Adebowale is the award winning Founder and Director of Capacity Global the London based environmental justice and place shaping think tank and social enterprise. Her specialist areas are environmental justice and green urban neighbourhood renewal. Maria is the author of a number of publications in her specialist areas and is listed as a Top 100 Greens and received a London Leaders Award. She is a former commissioner for the UK Sustainable Development Commission and English Heritage and is currently a Matron of the Women’s Environment Network, a Patron of UKELA, on the advisory group of Artist Project Earth and an Ambassador for the Social Enterprise Mark.

Iain Anderson Director and Chief Corporate Counsel, Cicero Group

Iain is an expert in global public policy issues affecting financial services. He has over 20 years’ experience in communications, initially as a business journalist and then as a founding shareholder at Incisive Media. He has also worked for a range of UK politicians, including Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP on his leadership bids. Iain is currently Vice Chairman of the Association of Professional Political Consultants and immediate past Chairman of the CIPR Public Affairs group. He was ranked in the top quartile of the Total Politics Top 100 Lobbyists and appears in the PR Week Power Book. CityAM also includes him in the list of “The City’s most influential financial PRs” voted by broadcast and national business editors. He was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Queen Elizabeth II Garden in New York in May 2012. He loves spending time in Nice, France and is an opera nut.

Wendy Austin Presenter, BBC UK & Northern Ireland

Wendy Austin is a leading broadcaster in Northern Ireland and the UK. After some years in newspapers, she's worked in BBC NI since 1976, presenting both radio and television programmes. The NI face of Breakfast television when it started, she also fronted Children in Need in NI for 11 years. She also worked regularly for BBC Radio 4 and anchored many shows such as PM, Woman’s Hour, the Exchange and Pick of the Week. From 1994 Wendy woke Northern Ireland up on Good Morning Ulster, before moving to Talkback, BBC R Ulster’s original phone-in show in 2009. In 2005 she became an Honorary Doctor of Letters at the University of Ulster for her contribution to journalism. In the 2012 Birthday Honours she received an MBE for services to broadcasting and the community.

Peter Bale Vice President & General Manager, Digital, CNN International

Peter Bale is Vice President and General Manager Digital of CNN International, responsible for CNN digital properties outside the United States. CNN is the leading international news website among business travellers and influencers and its mobile applications are among the most popular in the news category. Peter joined CNN from Microsoft where he was the International Programming Director for MSN and Executive Producer of MSN UK. He was the Online Editorial Director of The Times and The Sunday Times, publishing in London for News Corporation and was a founder of investment site for MarketWatch Inc and The Financial Times Group. Peter is a former Reuters journalist and editor with assignments in Asia, the Middle East Europe and the UK over 15 years.

Alex Balfour Director, Alex Balfour Consulting

Alex Balfour is a globally recognized leader in building digital capability and optimising digital performance for sport, media, consumer and entertainment brands. As Head of New Media for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) he delivered 77 digital channels including Webby award winning, two mobile apps, websites for ticketing, volunteering, education, online shop, and over 100 social media presences to a worldwide audience of over 150 million during the Games. Alex’s career in digital media began in 1994. Since then he has edited GE’97, the UK’s first General Election Website, made the first consumer Internet call to a traditional telephone and developed the first online government consultation. He went on to become part of the team that produced the Guardian Newspaper’s first significant websites and founded CricInfo, in its day the world’s largest single-sport website with an audience of 20m fans as early as 2000, and became Chairman when the business was sold to ESPN in 2005. Alex is also a member of the UK Government’s Digital Advisory Board, and a director of a number of businesses in the financial sector including The Pensions Advisory Service, Credec and Datatracks (UK).

Sir Peter Bazalgette Chair, Arts Council England

Sir Peter Bazalgette is Chair of Arts Council England and former Chair of English National Opera. He has raised funds for arts and media organisations, notably as Chair of The Crossness Engines Trust (a steam museum) and as Deputy Chair of The National Film and Television School. He has a number of digital media interests, serving on the Boards of YouGov and MirriAd and the Advisory Board of BBH. In TV he is the president of The Royal Television Society, served as the Chief Creative Officer of Endemol, on the Board of Channel 4 and devised several internationally successful television formats. He was also a non-executive director of DCMS. Peter writes a regular food column for the Financial Times.

Peter Bennett-Jones Chairman, PBJ Management

Peter was founder of the Tiger Television Group, stepping down as Chairman in 2011, and of artist agency PBJ Management and Burning Bright Productions.. The Tiger Group has produced over 500 titles and won scores of domestic and international awards for its multi-genre output. PBJ Management represents the cream of UK comedic creative talent. Peter has been Chair of Trustees of Comic Relief and Sport Relief since 1998, a director of the Millennium Promise (UK) and a Governor of Rugby School, chairing its Arnold Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society, and has its Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011 he was granted the BAFTA Special Award.

Ewan Birney Associate Director of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, European Bioinformatics Institute

Dr Ewan Birney is Associate Director of the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). He is one of the founders of the Ensembl genome browser and other databases, and has played a key role in many large-scale genomics projects, notably the sequencing of the Human Genome in 2000 and the analysis of genome function in the ENCODE project. He has been Lead Analysis Coordinator for ENCODE since 2007; he also coordinated data analysis in the "1% Pilot". He originally trained in biochemistry but moved quickly into bioinformatics, publishing his first set of programs (Pairwise and Searchwise) as an undergraduate at Balliol College, Oxford. In 2000 Dr Birney joined EMBL-EBI as a Team Leader, became a Senior Scientist in EMBL in 2003 and was appointed Associate Director in 2012. He was involved in the Human genome project (both Draft and Finished) 1999-2003, the Mouse genome project, and many others. In 2003 he was awarded the Francis Crick Lecturure and in 2012 was also elected fellow of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).

Helen Brocklebank Group Director, Luxury Group Creative Solutions, Harper's Bazaar and Esquire

Helen Brocklebank is Hearst's Luxury Group Creative Solutions Director for Harper's Bazaar, Esquire and for Hearst Luxury Custom Publishing. She is also the author of award-winning blog, Mrs Trefusis Takes a Taxi, and now of The Prime Of Mrs Trefusis, one of's most popular blogs.

Louise Chunn Editor and Entrepreneur

Louise Chunn is a journalist and editor with more than 30 years experience in the London media. She has edited everything from the women’s pages of The Guardian to Just Seventeen and Good Housekeeping, with long stays at Vogue, Elle and the London Evening Standard along the way. Her most recent role was editing the award-winning Psychologies magazine, and, inspired by the area of self development, wellbeing and mental health, she is now starting up a website devoted to helping us understand ourselves better. She is married to Observer journalist Andrew Anthony and has three children. @LouiseChunn

Rebecca Churchill Executive Director London, Hult International Business School

Rebecca is Executive Director of the London Campuses for Hult International Business School.   She leads 2 campuses - Postgraduates and Undergraduates with 1,200 students  from 120 different nationalities speaking 105 languages. She has previously she has held a number of Hospital Director positions for Spire Healthcare. Within Spire Rebecca has specialized in the turnaround of the financial health and healthcare standards of private hospital. Rebecca has also worked at the Royal Mail as their eBusiness and innovations Director primarily focusing on the corporate strategy and running the web sites for Royal Mail, Post Office and Parcelforce, given the obvious threat of electronic communication to the core postal business. Rebecca has an MSc in Management from London Business School.

Rita Clifton Chairman, BrandCap and Portfolio Director

Rita has been called ‘The doyenne of branding’ by Campaign magazine, she was London CEO then Chairman of Interbrand for over 15 years, and prior to that she was Vice Chairman at Saatchi & Saatchi. She now has a portfolio of chairing and non-executive director roles, including Bupa, Nationwide and Populus, and has recently taken up the Chairmanship of BrandCap, the board level brand consulting firm. She is a regular media commentator and public speaker, and her writing has included the best-selling book 'The Future of Brands', and The Economist book 'Brands & Branding'. Her pro bono roles include the boards of WWF, the Henley Festival and chair of the leading practical sustainability organisation The Conservation Volunteers. She is also on the Advisory Board for BP's carbon offset programme 'targetneutral' and President of the Market Research Society.

Ben Cooper Controller, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra

Ben Cooper is Controller, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra and a member of the BBC’s Audio and Music board. He is also the current Chairman of the Radio Academy. Ben is responsible for the editorial content, leadership and overall management of Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra, reaching a combined weekly audience of 12.4 million. He drives the creation of a distinctive mix of contemporary music and speech programming, supporting new and emerging music artists alongside delivering high quality news, documentaries and social action campaigns for young UK audiences. He is also responsible for developing both networks’ digital strategies. Ben has had an extensive career in radio, with previous roles including Deputy Controller at Radio 1, Head of Programmes at Radio 1, Executive Producer at Capital Radio, along with positions in local radio. Ben was named in Media Guardian’s 100 list, 2012 and he was also named in the Evening Standard’s London’s 1,000 most influential people 2012.

Giles Croot  Head of Group Media Relations, Barclays

He joined Barclays in 2010, following ten years at Brunswick, where he worked with a broad range of corporate clients. Prior to this he worked as a broadcast journalist for almost a decade, initially as part of the launch team for GMTV before moving to ITN.

Alex Deane Head of Public Affairs, Weber Shandwick

Alex Deane is Head of Public Affairs and an elected Common Councilman in the City of London.

A former Chief of Staff to David Cameron, now elected in local government, Alex Deane provides public affairs counsel to Weber Shandwick’s financial sector and professional services clients. He has specialised for some years in electronics and telecoms work, training the EE (formerly Everything Everywhere) in-house communications team over a series of parliamentary and public inquiries, working with Ricoh on media and communications outreach and advising our global client Microsoft.

He is a non-practising barrister and the author, co-author or editor of several books, most recently as editor of “Big Brother Watch”. He served as an adviser to the Liberal Party in Australia for their 2007 Federal Election. In 2004-2005 he was Chief of Staff to Tim Collins and David Cameron during their respective periods as Shadow Secretaries of State for Education, and worked in the Party's Headquarters during the General Election.

Matthew Dearden CEO, Clear Channel UK

Matthew is a member of Clear Channel Outdoor’s Global Leadership Group, with specific responsibilities as President of Eastern Europe, UK & Ireland; CEO UK; and International Leader of Sales Excellence. Prior to Clear Channel, Matthew was Marketing Director for BT’s Consumer business; he ran BT’s home phone business and was CEO of BT Directories. Before BT, Matthew held senior roles at Telewest Broadband across digital TV, telephony and change management. Matthew started his career as an ABM and Brand Manager at P&G. He studied Astrophysics at Edinburgh University and lives outside London with his wife and children. When he has time, he loves hiking and indulging in his passions for NFL, current affairs and gadgets.

Brinsley Dresden Partner and Head of Advertising Law, Lewis Silkin LLP

Brinsley Dresden is an intellectual property lawyer, and a recognised leader in the field of advertising and marketing law. He advises on all aspects of advertising, marketing and sales promotion law and regulation, including content risk management, contractual negotiation and IP disputes. He also helps to resolve problems with the regulatory authorities, such as defending complex ASA investigations. He acts for some of the world’s leading brand owners across a wide range of sectors, as well as many leading advertising agencies. He is the only lawyer included in the Campaign “A-list”, which commented, "With his unfailing ability to simplify complex legal issues, Dresden remains one of adland's most user friendly lawyers. He's also not afraid to offer forthright opinions.”

Mary Fagan Group Communications and Corporate Affairs Director, ITV

Mary Fagan joined ITV as Group Communications and Corporate Affairs Director on 24th January 2011 taking responsibility for ITV’s Corporate Communications and Programme Publicity teams as well as its Public Affairs operation. Mary joined ITV from the Royal Mail Group, where she was Corporate and Government Affairs Director from December 2003. A respected Senior City and Industrial journalist with more than 20 years experience, Mary's previous roles included Deputy City Editor fo the Sunday Telegraph, Industrial Correspondent for the Independent and City Reporter at the Evening Standard.

Lisa Felton Global Head of Consumer Regulation and Content Standards, Vodafone

Lisa is currently Global Head of Consumer Regulation and Content Standards at Vodafone. Prior to that, she held the position of Global Governance and Strategy Manager and also has 14 years’ experience as a lawyer both within Vodafone and in private practice. Lisa holds an MA from Oxford University in Law and a Masters in International Law of Human Rights.

Claire Fox Director, Institute of Ideas (IoI)

Convenor, IoI's flagship event, annual Battle of Ideas festival; established IoI’s prestigious Debating Matters competition for sixth form students in UK and India; panelist, BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze; formerly co-publisher, current affairs journal LM magazine (formerly Living Marxism); regular columnist TES magazine and MJ; member, European Cultural Parliament; author, No strings attached! Why Arts Funding should say no to instrumentalism.

Fiona Fox Director, Science Media Centre

Fiona Fox has a degree in journalism and 25 years of experience in working in media relations for high profile national organisations. Her career includes stints working for the Equal Opportunities Committee, National Council for One Parent Families, and CAFOD (a leading aid agency), before her current role as Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre which opened in April 2002. The main remit of the Centre is to help restore public trust in science by persuading more scientists to engage more effectively with the big controversial science stories that hit the headlines, and over the last 10 years the SMC has earned huge praise and respect from those who use its services. Other than her dedication to the SMC, Fiona was chair of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Working Group that published a report on the future of science in the media in January 2010 as part of the UK’s Science and Society strategy. She was also recently called to give oral evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards in the UK, and blogs or comments regularly on science in the media.

Anthony Fry Chairman, Premier League

Anthony Fry is the newly appointed Chairman of the Premier League following his previous role as Chair of the Finance Committee of the BBC Trust.  He is also Chair of Dairy Crest and CALA, Senior Adviser to the Board of Espirito Santo, a non executive director of Control Risks and a member of the advisory boards of Project Associates and Board Intelligence. He is also an Association Member of BUPA, a Director of the ENO Tfrom which he shortly retires) and Chair of the Development of SOAS. He has worked as a financial adviser to companies for over 30 years, focused in particular on the media industry, and is a frequent contributor on the media industry and the City to CNBC.

James Hanning Deputy Editor, Independent on Sunday

James is currently deputy editor of the Independent on Sunday and has been in charge of the paper’s Comment pages since spring 2004. Before that he was Executive Editor of the Evening Standard, a paper he was on for fifteen years, starting on the diary and moving into features and then to the Comment pages, first under Stewart Steven and then Max Hastings. James is also the co-author (with Francis Elliott of The Times) of the only biography of David Cameron, the third edition of which was published last year. Through an early interest in the phone hacking story, he twice gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry, and maintains a keen interest in Westminster and international politics.

John Hardie Chief Executive Officer, ITN

John is CEO of ITN, which produces the national news for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. ITN has recently expanded into current affairs and factual programming, including C4 Dispatches, ITV’s Tonight, ITV’s The Agenda, single documentaries including Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields and Syria’s Torture Machine. ITN also produces factual entertainment series like Mud Men, Antiques House and Motor Morphers. ITN is a leader in digital news and distribution supplying most of the UK national newspapers with daily news content, its own online news services - and Truthloader and operates ITN Source, a leading on the day and archive news service to clients across the globe including NBC, CNN, Reuters, ZDF, PBS and dozens of others. Previously John spent 8 years as Executive Vice President at Walt Disney Television EMEA growing Disney Channels from $200m revenue in nine million homes to $450m in 49 million homes. Before that he was Commercial and Marketing Director of the ITV Network between 1997 and 2001 and started his career with 14 years at Procter & Gamble, latterly as Managing Director of the European Cosmetics Division.

Lucy Heller Chief Executive, ARK

Chief Executive of ARK, an international children’s charity focussing on education, health and welfare, Lucy Heller is also Managing Director of ARK Schools, which she has led since its inception in 2004. ARK Schools is one of the UK’s top performing academy groups and currently runs 18 academies teaching over 9,000 pupils in some of the most under-served areas of London, Birmingham and Portsmouth. With plans to grow to 50 academies by 2015, ARK Schools aims to ensure all pupils, regardless of their background or prior attainment, perform well enough in school to succeed at university or in their chosen career. Lucy joined ARK Schools from TSL Education, a subsidiary of News International, where she was Joint Managing Director. Her previous roles include General Manager of The Observer, Executive Chairman at Verso and Managing Director, Capital Markets at Manufacturers Hanover, a US commercial bank. She has worked for many years with a number of charitable and voluntary organisations including the Marshall Commission, Community Links and the Bush Theatre.

Mark Henderson Head of Communications, Wellcome Trust

Mark Henderson is Head of Communications at the Wellcome Trust. He joined the Trust in January 2012 after 15 years at The Times, where he was Science Editor. At The Times, Mark was instrumental in founding Eureka, the newspaper’s monthly science magazine, and developed a reputation as one of the UK’s leading science journalists. He won several awards for his journalism: three prizes from the Medical Journalists' Association, the Royal Statistical Society's prize for statistical excellence in journalism, and the European Best Cancer Reporter prize from the European School of Oncology. His latest book, The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters, which explores the relationship between science and politics, was published by Bantam Press in May 2012. His first book, 50 Genetics Ideas You Really Need to Know, was published in 2009.

Rebecca Holman Writer

Rebecca Holman has a decade's experience in women's consumer publishing. Starting her career on the award-winning magazine, Rebecca then went on to edit and launch with American media legend Jane Pratt. She is a freelance writer and editor who writes about women's issues, current affairs, sex and dating. Follow her on Twitter@rebecca_hol.

Anji Hunter Senior Advisor, Edelman

Anji Hunter joined the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2011, as Director of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. Prior to that she was Group Head of Government and External Affairs at Anglo American plc, responsible for overseeing the relations with the communities and governments where the company operates. She worked for Prime Minister Tony Blair MP from 1987 to 2002, in opposition and government, becoming Head of Government Relations in Downing St (1997), where she was the key interface with the Cabinet, Civil Service, the Labour Party, Opposition Leaders, other Governments, and key media, business, and NGO figures. In 2002, Anji moved to the private sector as Group Director of Communications at BP. She was responsible for advertising, Group publications, internal communications and liaison with opinion formers, media and investors.

Justine Hunter PR, Communications and Media Manager, Nespresso

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Richard Huntingford Chairman, UTV Media plc

Richard is the former CEO of Chrysalis plc, the global music and media group. During a 20 year tenure, he helped build Chrysalis from its record label origins into a global media group that spanned music, television, radio and publishing. In particular, he masterminded the development of Chrysalis Radio’s brand-led strategy that saw its flagship stations, Heart, Galaxy and LBC become market leaders. In September 2007, he was appointed Chairman of Virgin Radio. Richard is currently Chairman of UTV Media plc, the ITV franchise holder for Northern Ireland and owner of talkSPORT. Previous non-executive Board roles include Virgin Mobile plc and Channel 3 News Limited. In addition, Richard sits on the Prince’s Trust Advisory Board.

Harry Hyman Managing Director, Nexus Group

Harry A. Hyman, a chartered accountant and corporate treasurer, is the founder and managing director of Nexus Group and Primary Health Properties PLC (PHP), a listed company that specialises in the ownership of property leased on a long-term basis to healthcare providers ( PHP, a UK-REIT, is a leader in its niche market with gross property assets of over £640 million and a consistent record of growth. PHP externally is managed jointly by Nexus Tradeco Limited “Nexus”.

Anne Johnson Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, UCL

Anne Johnson (MD,FMedSci,FRCP,FFPH,FRCGP) is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Co-Chair of the Grand Challenge of Global Health at UCL. From 2002-2010 she was Head of Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences and Director of Division of Population Health from 2007. Her current research portfolio includes epidemiology/prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted infections/other infectious diseases, international HIV cohort studies, behavioural intervention studies and a community study of the epidemiological and immunological determinants of seasonal influenza transmission. She co-directed the MRC Centre for Co-ordinating Epidemiological Studies of HIV/AIDS from 1985-1999 and was PI on the National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles in 1990, 2000 and 2010. Until 2010 she was Chair of the MRC Population Health Sciences Group/member of the MRC Strategy Board. Currently she is a member of DEFRA Adaptation Sub-committee on Climate Change. In 2011 she was appointed to Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust.

Siobhan Kenny Communications Consultant

Siobhan joined HCUK in 2007 with a background in high profile communications role in government and the creative industries.  At HarperCollins, she was responsible for reputation management, media relations, internal communications, government liaison and CSR. Siobhan worked for five years at No. 10 Downing Street for John Major and then for Tony Blair, first as a Press Officer and then as a founder member of the Strategic Communications Unit, under the leadership of Alastair Campbell.   As Director of Strategy and Communications at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, she oversaw the first stages of the London Olympic bid, leaving after the bid was won.   After DCMS, she became Vice-President of Communications for Walt Disney Television in EMEA.  She is a Trustee of the literacy charity, Beanstalk.

Denise Kingsmill Director and Columnist

Baroness Kingsmill is a member of the House of Lords, whose career has encompassed periods as a leading lawyer, Deputy Chair of the Competition Commission and as a non-executive director of public, private, charitable, arts and UK government boards. She has headed two Government enquiries: one into women’s pay and employment and the other into the manner in which companies manage their Human Capital. Currently, Baroness Kingsmill is a non-executive director of E.ON SE, International Consolidated Airlines Group SA and APR Energy plc. She is Deputy Chair of the PWC Advisory Board and Chairman of the (24)7 European Advisory Board. She is a member of IESE and a member of the influential House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee. She writes a regular column for Management Today and writes and speaks on a wide range of business and political issues. She holds a number of honorary degrees in Law and Business and was awarded the CBE for service to Employment Law and Competition in 2000.

Henriette Kolb Head of Gender Secretariat, International Finance Corporation

Henriette is the newly appointed Head of Gender Secretariat at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector financing arm of the World Bank. She was previously the CEO of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. Under her leadership the Foundation has grown into a widely respected organisation which works to advance women entrepreneurs in more than 50 countries around the world. Henriette was recognised for her work by Devex who selected her as one of the top 40 under 40 international development leaders in London. Before joining the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Henriette worked for the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and was the UN representative working as an advisor for Quartet Representative Tony Blair in Jerusalem. Henriette graduated with an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Harry Lambert Organiser, ‘The Future of British Journalism’

Harry Lambert most recently brought together the best of student opinion and reporting at a unique meeting of national editors and the top student papers in the country. The event saw some of the biggest names in journalism, including John Witherow and Ian Katz, debate for the first time, and is the start of a network of the next generation of journalists. Harry currently works as a freelance researcher for individuals and organisations, including Wired and the Higher Education Policy Institute, while he completes his degree at York. He first researched for the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee in 2011, and last summer worked on the Obama campaign. @harrylambert1

David Lammy MP Labour Party

Born in Tottenham, David is one of five children raised by a single mother. He won a choral scholarship to The King's School, a state funded Church of England secondary school in Peterborough, studied law at SOAS and was admitted to the Bar in 1994. Elected as Labour MP for Tottenham at the age of 27, he served 9 years as a Minister in the last Labour government and is now an active backbench MP. David is the author of Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots, a book about the reasons behind the 2011 riots which makes suggestions as to what could be done to prevent them happening again. David writes regularly for national newspapers, including the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman and the Spectator.

Janet Lee Editor, The Culture Show, BBC

Janet Lee has been the Editor of The Culture Show for the past 3 and a half years. Before that she was the Executive Producer of BBC1's flaghsip Arts Strand Imagine presented by Alan Yentob. Janet began her broadcasting career as a trainee on Radio 4 producing programmes such as Womans Hour, Consuming Passions, Loose Ends and Desert Island Discs. She moved to BBC2's The Late Show in the early 90's and worked there as a Director and Producer before moving on to Series Producing Simon Schama's History of Britain. She left the BBC and worked at Channel 4 as Commissioning Editor for Arts for 4 years. Before starting at the BBC Janet worked as a freelance journalist writing articles on feminism for academic books and also did a range of high profile interviews for the style magazine i-D.

Pinky Lilani OBE Chairman & Founder, Women of the Future

Pinky Lilani OBE is a food guru, motivational speaker and internationally acclaimed champion for women. She is the force behind the annual Women of the Future Awards, the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, The Ambassadors programme, The Inspirational Women’s Network and the Global Empowerment Award. She is Patron of DIL and the Westminster Society and a trustee of Halo. She is on the board of The Global Diversity Practice and on the Court of Brunel University. Winner of several awards she is listed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK by BBC Radio 4.

Tim Lindsay Chief Executive Officer, D&AD

Born in Lincolnshire and brought up in Africa, Tim Lindsay was educated at Kingswood School Bath, Magdalene College Cambridge and Harvard Business School (AMP 155). He has spent thirty-four years in advertising as joint managing director of BBH, becoming CEO then European President then Worldwide President of Lowe Howard-Spink/Lowe Lintas/Lowe Worldwide before becoming Chairman of Publicis UK and subsequently President of TBWA\UK and Ireland. He has worked with a huge range of clients including Levis, Stella Artois, Tesco, Smirnoff, Olympus, SAAB, Sony, Electrolux, Heineken, Independent, Army Recruitment and many more. Tim became CEO of D&AD in September 2011 and is also non-executive director of Media Square plc and non-executive chairman of The Gate Worldwide.

Jonathan Luff Co-Founder, Luff & Company

Jonathan is a former diplomat and advisor to the Prime Minister on innovation and international issues, including a year as Director of the GREAT Campaign. He is the co-founder of Luff & Company, a partnership and strategy consulting firm focusing on innovation in technology, foreign affairs and cyber security.

Caroline Macfarland Public Policy Consultant and Founder, CoVi

Caroline Macfarland is a thought leadership consultant specialising in the development and communication of innovative public policy ideas and socio-cultural commentary. She is the founder of CoVi (Common Vision), a new visual think tank exploring ideas that transcend partisan politics and benefit local communities and the common good. She has written for a range of UK and international publications and is a regular public speaker. Until 2013 Caroline was the Managing Director of ResPublica, the think tank credited with developing the Coalition government’s ‘big society’ agenda. She is currently an adviser to the Big Lottery Fund, the non-departmental public body which distributes around £600 million each year of National Lottery money to good causes in the UK.

Moray MacLennan Worldwide CEO, M&C Saatchi

Moray joined Saatchi & Saatchi in 1983 as graduate trainee and became Managing Director in 1993. His main projects were British Airways, Silk Cut and the Conservative Party. In 1995 he left to help start up M&C Saatchi and is currently Worldwide CEO. He is President of IPA from 2006-2008 and President of EACA from 2011-2013.

Deborah Mattinson Founder and Director, Britain Thinks

Deborah works with clients to build closer relationships with their most important stakeholders. Since launching three years ago, she and the team at BritainThinks have worked with organisations like Aviva, Barratt Homes,British Future, Camelot, eBay, Diabetes UK, the Museums Association, McDonald's, the National Trust and Victims Support on projects as diverse as large scale polling and segmentation of audiences, communications testing Citizens' Juries and collaborative strategic workshops. They have also built a successful international practice through their sister company, WorldThinks. Deborah writes and broadcasts regularly on public opinion including consumer and voter attitudes.

Jon Mendelsohn Partner, Oakvale Capital LLP

Jon is currently a Partner at Oakvale Capital LLP a corporate finance boutique and advisory firm. He is also Chairman of Stern Advisory Group, a Partner at Red Capital and a Director of The Redbus Group. Formerly a communications and public affairs adviser he co-founded LLM Communications which was acquired by Financial Dynamics (FD). He then served as a Managing Director and later as Chairman of the Global Issues Division. He formerly served as an Adviser to the Rt. Hon Tony Blair MP (1995-1997) and served as Rt. Hon Gordon Brown's Director of General Election Resources and as an Assistant Treasurer of the Labour Party.

Joanne Milner Chief Executive Officer, Debrett’s

Joanne was appointed Chief Executive of Debrett’s last year following a 13-year successful career in Private Equity and Corporate Finance. Debrett's is a luxury heritage brand and, established in 1769, was the original social network through the publication of the Peerage. The Peerage remains in publication today and is supplemented with Debrett's People of Today which recognises people of influence and inspiration in Britain. Debrett's is long renowned for its knowledge of etiquette and modern manners and provides personal coaching, youth programmes and corporate training on social and communication skills and correct form. Prior to joining Debrett's, Joanne was an Investment Director at LDC – working in the London and Hong Kong offices, and started her career in M&A lead advisory with Arthur Andersen.

Camilla Nicholls Psychodynamic Counsellor

Camilla Nicholls is a Psychodynamic Counsellor working in private pracitce and within the NHS. She has previously worked as a Policy Advisor to Lord Rogers of Riverside. She has held senior positions in the arts and media for over two decades. As Head of Corporate Affairs at the Guardian and Observer she worked with six different editors during an important period of development at the papers. She was a board member of publishers Fourth Estate for six years and Chair of the board of Trustees for Chisenhale Gallery for five.

Claire Oldfield Managing Director, Wardour Publishing

Claire is Managing Director of Wardour, a content marketing agency that produces magazines, websites and video for companies as diverse as the Royal Society for Arts and British Airways. She has worked for the UK’s leading newspapers and magazines  covering everything from style and motoring to finance. She has filled the roles of Small Business Editor of the Sunday Times, City News Editor on the Daily Mail and Editor of CityAM.  In the year before joining Wardour Claire ran the editorial operation for Metro International, the world’s largest international newspaper group. She was also a consultant for Editorial Intelligence, for whom she wrote a book on the credit crunch.

Rufus Olins Chief Executive, Newsworks

Rufus is Chief Executive of Newsworks, the marketing body for the national newspaper industry in all its forms. Previously he was Chief Executive of Warc, the marketing intelligence service and Managing Director of Haymarket Brand Media where he ran a portfolio of brands including Campaign, Management Today, Brand Republic and Media Week. A former journalist, at 29 he joined The Sunday Times as its first Advertising & Marketing Editor before becoming Deputy City Editor of the paper. As Editor of Management Today, he was voted Business Magazine Editor of the year by both the BSME and the PPA. Rufus is a trustee at the Almeida Theatre.

Domino Pateman Special Projects Programmer, Southbank Centre

Domino Pateman is Special Projects Programmer at London’s Southbank Centre. She studied Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh, followed by an art foundation course in Leeds. Domino is particularly interested in the links between the arts and other disciplines and shares with Southbank Centre a belief that the arts are a human right. She works with Jude Kelly, Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director, programming talks, debates and artistic projects, including for the WOW – Women of the World festival in London, Baltimore and Sydney, and in 2012 for Death: Southbank Centre’s Festival for the Living. She is currently working on talks and debates for Yoko Ono’s MELTDOWN festival in 2013. Domino is half Polish, has a collection of graph paper from around the world, and had a pilot’s licence at the age of 16.

Lindsay Pattison CEO, Maxus UK & Chief Strategy Officer, Maxus Worldwide

Lindsay joined Maxus UK as CEO in October 2009 to drive the agency to a new level. In 2012 that challenge was met as Maxus won Network of the Year after 3 years of growth, whilst Maxus UK has quintupled in size from 30 in October 2009, to 180 people in March 2013. In August 2012 Lindsay gained an additional role as global Chief Strategy Officer, driving the product, new business, marketing and planning disciplines across 55 markets and 2,000 people. Lindsay has worked in the industry for 20 years and is passionate about media and committed to giving back; she is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on the Future of Media and the WACL Exec committee.

Tom Price Head of UK and Ireland Communication, Google

Tom is the Head of PR in the UK and Ireland for Google. Before joining Google he worked for the Labour Party in a number of PR roles including as one of Gordon Brown's political spokespeople during the 2010 General Election. After the election he worked for the Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander.

MT Rainey Executive Chairman, Th_nk

MT Rainey is Executive Chairman of Th_nk, one of the leading Digital Strategy agencies in the UK. She is also a Non Executive Director of Channel 4 and Vice Chairman of Creative Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for Creative Industries. MT was founder and CEO of top UK advertising agency Rainey Kelly Campell Roalfe/Y&R and before that spent 8 years in the U.S. as Planning Director at Chiat/Day working with Apple and other first generation Silicon Valley companies. She is currently President of The Thirty Club of London; a former Chairman of the Marketing Group of Great Britain, and is a regular speaker on communications, media and digital issues.

Anne Richards Chief Investment Officer, Aberdeen Asset Management

Anne is Chief Investment Officer and executive director of Aberdeen Asset Management, a FTSE 100 company. She began her career as a research fellow at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, moving into investments in 1992. Her career has included research analysis, portfolio management and global asset allocation. A graduate of University of Edinburgh and INSEAD, Anne is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. She is a FN100 Women in Finance and a member of the Board of Leaders of 2020 Women on Boards. Anne also holds various non executive positions including eSure, EveryChild, the University of Edinburgh, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Duchy of Lancaster.

Ben Rogers Director, Centre for London

Ben Rogers is a writer, policy thinker and Director of the think-tank Centre for London, which he founded in 2011. Prior to creating Centre for London Ben held senior positions at Demos and IPPR, and has led strategy teams in Haringey Council, DCLG and The Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, where he was responsible for producing the cross government strategy World Class Places. Ben has written several acclaimed books on philosophy and history, published in the UK and the US, and is an experienced journalist and broadcaster. He is a visiting fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the Mayor’s London Finance Commission chaired by Tony Travers

Rebecca Shelley Group Corporate Affairs Director, Tesco

Rebecca leads on Tesco’s communications worldwide, overseeing internal communications and regular engagement with media, investor, governmental and regulatory audiences. Rebecca also drives Tesco’s corporate responsibility and community relations efforts; recently launching Diabetes UK as Tesco’s Charity Partner. Before joining Tesco, Rebecca was a partner at Brunswick LLP, where she advised a wide range of leading UK and multinational companies on financial and corporate reputation issues. From 2000 to 2007, Rebecca worked at Prudential as Group Communications Director and before that as Group Investor Relations Director, where she strengthened the company’s reputation as a fast-growing international business. She spent the first four years of her career in New York, advising a number of international companies on wide-ranging communications issues. Rebecca also serves on the board of a number of industry bodies including the British Retail Consortium, CBI, IGD and World Retail Council.

Alice Sherwood Strategy/Communications at King’s Policy Institute, King’s College London

Alice has worked in business and media for over 20 years, making documentaries for C4 and BBC before moving into new media as Head of Audience for the BBC’s Digital Curriculum. Her clients have included Carphone Warehouse, Kingfisher, Storehouse, IBM, and M&S and (pro-bono) the Royal Opera House and RA. She is chairman of The Kit Cat Club: the speaker and discussion club for women, and has been a trustee of The London Library and SHELTER. She writes on subjects from food and technology to psychology and economics, is the author of the best-selling Allergy-Free Cookbook (Dorling Kindersley, 2008), published in 15 languages to date, and is currently working on a book about fakes. She has degrees in Philosophy, Chemistry and an MBA.

Dominic Shorthouse Private Investor

Dominic Shorthouse, a graduate of Oxford and Stanford universities, is a British private investor. He was the founder of private equity business Englefield Capital and a former partner at Warburg Pincus. Among his notable investments are the creation of the UK terrestrial TV business Channel 5, establishing Zephyr, a large-scale renewable energy business, and building Cognita, a UK-based private schools operator. He is also a member of the advisory board of ManoCap, which invests in post-conflict African states, and a trustee of The Amber Foundation. He is currently developing a new alternative asset business. Dominic has three sons and in his spare time pursues classical equitation at his organic farm in Gascony.

Tijan Siddiqi Cultural Blogger

Tijan has just completed a degree in Politics and International relations and runs a rapidly growing beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog. Her blog, Tijan Serena Loves, primarily focuses on beauty but also has a selection of fashion and lifestyle posts that include recipes and exercise tips. As well as running her blog, Tijan is also working in various capacities with BeautyMart and Conde Nast.

Adam Singer Founder, Cordelia UK Ltd

Adam Singer has worked in broadcasting and telecoms in the UK, U.S., France and Japan. He launched The Discovery Channel in the UK and Europe, helped create UKTV with the BBC, is a former Chairman and CEO of multi TV channel supplier Flextech plc, and was CEO of Telewest plc, providing telephone, TV and broadband. More recently he has run the PRS-MCPS and was Deputy Chair of the Ofcom Content Board. Currently, he is on the Board of Trustees for the UK’s leading choral group, The Sixteen, Chairs the British Screen Advisory Council and Digital Radio UK, and for fun is Chair of Benjafield’s Racing Club, which preserves the spirit of pre-war motor racing.

Cilla Snowball CBE Group Chairman and Group CEO, AMV BBDO

Cilla joined AMV in 1992 as the agency’s first New Business Director. Twenty one years later, she now oversees the 6 companies that comprise the AMV Group in the UK – AMV.BBDO, Proximity, Redwood, Fishburn Hedges, Hub+ and Weapon7. Cilla chairs the Advertising Association and sits on the boards of BBDO Worldwide, Comic Relief, Birmingham University and the Women’s Business Council. She was awarded the CBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list for services to the advertising industry. She is one of the BBC Woman’s Hour “100 most powerful women in the UK” and an Advertising Age “Woman to Watch”. Most importantly, she is Fred, Albert and Rosie’s mum.

Emma Soames Editor-at-Large, Saga Magazine

Emma Soames is Editor at Large for Saga Magazine, which she joined in 2002 as Editor. She also broadcasts and writes as a “Voice of the Over 50s”. Emma was formerly Editor of the Saturday Telegraph Magazine for seven years and before that Editor of ES Magazine (Evening Standard), Tatler and the Literary Review. She also contributes articles to the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and Vogue. She has won a number of awards including BSME Editor of the Year (Colour Magazines), and BSME Editor of the Year (General Interest and Current Affairs magazines).

Carole Stone Chair, Advisory Board, YouGov-Cambridge

Carole Stone was for many years the producer of BBC Radio 4's current affairs programme Any Questions? Since leaving the BBC Carole has worked as a freelance journalist and broadcaster and as a self-employed media consultant. She is patron of the mental health charities SANE and Triumph over Phobia, and of the Facial Surgery Research Foundation. She is a counsellor for the charity One Young World. In April 2007 Carole became Managing Director of YouGovStone Limited, a joint venture with the online market research company YouGov plc. Carole is now Chair of the Advisory Board of YouGov-Cambridge – a new kind of think tank that brings polling and academic experts together to produce world-leading research and analysis on international public opinion.

Isabella Thomas Programme Director, Ax:son Johnson Foundation

Isabella Thomas is a writer and journalist. She is currently Programme Director to the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation and Axess Publishing in Stockholm. She has acted as convenor of European conferences on politics and religion. She led the development of the Blackwall Debates in East London, an initiative designed to bring individuals from different estates and different ethnic groups together in a debating forum. She is a graduate in Modern History from Cambridge University, and has a Masters’ Degree in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London. She worked as a journalist and researcher in Spain (where she lived for 3 years), Cuba, Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America. She wrote for a study group that looked at communist countries in transition, and for the Washington Post, the New York Times, Politica Exterior, the Guardian, Prospect, openDemocracy, The Sunday Times and others. She also co-produced several documentary films for Channel 4 and the BBC and helped to launch the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum in Bristol in 2002.

Peter Thomas Managing Director, Marketing and Communications, UK/Ireland, Accenture

Peter Thomas is the director of Marketing and Communications for the UK and Ireland. He re-joined Accenture in July 2012 to lead its corporate marketing and communications efforts across the geographic unit. He previously held the same role from 2005 to 2009 but left to become Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at the Rugby Football Union. Prior to re-joining he also spent time at Bloomberg LLP as Head of EMEA Communications. Before he started at Accenture in 2005, Peter spent seven years at Hill & Knowlton, one of the world’s leading communications consultancies, ending up as head of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) technology practice. He started his communications career at GCI Sterling, another PR agency, in 1989 and has more than 20 years’ experience in building and delivering reputation programmes for major global organisations.

Dave Trott Chairman, The Gate London

Dave Trott trained in advertising in New York before returning to London. He spent 10 years at BMP with the legendary John Webster. He then opened GGT, voted ‘the most creative agency in the world’. He then opened BST with the joint MDs of Saatchi & Saatchi. Then WTCS. Then CST. Dave is the T in all of these. Although not in his current role as chairman of The Gate London. He was awarded the D&AD President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2004. He has published two books: Creative Mischief, and Predatory Thinking.

Professor Pedro Videla Head of the Economics Department, IESE Business School

Pedro Videla holds a Ph.D. and an MA in economics, both from the University of Chicago, and a commercial engineering degree in economics from the Universidad Católica de Chile. Prof. Videla has worked as a consultant for institutions such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, the European Union, the InterAmerican Development Bank, and the United States Agency for International development (USAID.) His areas of specialization include macroeconomics, international economies and emerging economies. Prof. Videla has taught at the Universidad Adolfo Ibánez (Chile), the Roosevelt University (Chicago, USA), and currently teaches economics courses on the MBA, Global Executive MBA and other executive education program at IESE.

Lewis Wiltshire Director, Media Partnerships, Twitter UK

Lewis leads Twitter UK's partnerships with organisations across a range of sectors including TV, sport, music, news, education and politics. Twitter helps organisations like these to use the platform effectively and connect to their audiences and fans. Lewis joined Twitter in 2012, initially as Head of Sport, after 11 years with the BBC. He is @LewisWiltshire on Twitter.

Rob Woodward CEO, STV Group plc

Appointed to the STV Group plc Board as Chief Executive in 2007 where he has led the turnaround of the company. Previously Rob served as Commercial Director of Channel 4 Television. He was an executive member of the Channel 4 Corporation Board for Channel 4’s commercial wellbeing. Included in his responsibilities was the management of the portfolio of commercial businesses in 4 Ventures, including digital channels such as E4 and Film Four, New Media Services and Rights Exploitation. He transformed the performance of Channel 4’s commercial businesses from heavily loss making to significant profitability. Prior to joining Channel 4, Rob was a Managing Director at UBS Corporate Finance where he worked in both London and New York. Before this, Rob was the Managing Partner of Braxton UK, the strategy consulting practice of Deloitte. He also led Deloitte Consulting’s European Telecom Media and Technology (TMT) group. He has specialised in advising TMT companies for the past 20 years. He is the Pro-Chancellor at City University, and on the Board of Trustees of Nesta. Rob has a BSc Hons and an MBA from Edinburgh University.

Nadhim Zahawi MP Conservative Party

An award winning businessman, Nadhim was elected the Member of Parliament for Stratford on Avon in May 2010. Since becoming an MP Nadhim has been elected onto the Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee and has sat on the Energy Bill Committee. He proposed the St. Georges day Bill in December 2010 and has published the bestseller ‘Masters of Nothing: The Crash and how it will happen again unless we understand human nature’. Prior to Parliament he was the co-founder and CEO of YouGov plc from 2000 - Feb 2010.


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