Journalism Advisory Board

Our Journalism Advisory Board provides the OICP with advice and support from leading journalism professionals

Jon Snow

Channel 4 News Presenter, ITN News

Jon Snow joined ITN in 1976 reporting from Africa, the Middle East and Europe and has been the anchor of Channel 4 News since 1989. A five-time winner of the Royal Television Society’s Presenter of the Year award, Jon was also honoured with BAFTA awards in 2005 and 2015, and a BAFTA Fellowship in 2015. Jon served on the Boards of Britain’s National Gallery, the Tate, and for 30 years was Chairman of the New Horizon Youth Centre.

Isabel Berwick

Work and Careers editor, Financial Times

Isabel Berwick is Work and Careers Editor at the Financial Times, overseeing the paper’s coverage of workplace issues including management, leadership and the future of work. She has a particular interest in workplace diversity and inclusion.

Isabel began her career as a graduate trainee at Haymarket medical publishing and went on to write for women’s magazines and the consumer finance press before becoming personal finance editor and later business editor at the Independent on Sunday. She joined the FT at the height of the first dotcom boom in 1999 and has since held senior writing, editing and commissioning roles in personal finance, FT Weekend and on the daily opinion pages. She became the paper’s Work and Careers Editor in 2018.

Michael Binyon

Freelance journalist, The Times

Michael Binyon has been an editorial writer, columnist and foreign correspondent for The Times since 1971. For 15 years he was based overseas, reporting for the paper from Moscow, Washington, Bonn and Brussels before returning to London to be diplomatic editor in 1991 and then becoming the chief foreign editorial writer in 2000.

After graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in English and Arabic, he spent a year teaching English for the British Council in Minsk, USSR, in 1967, and in 1968 began as a reporter on The Times Educational Supplement, moving to the BBC Arabic Service in 1970 and becoming a founder reporter of The Times Higher Education Supplement in 1971.

He speaks French, German, Russian and some Arabic and is a frequent broadcaster on BBC radio and television and Sky, and also appears regularly on French, German, Russian … More...

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

Senior Staff Editor, New York Times

Journalist, editor, features writer, columnist and creative with focuses on race, lifestyle, travel, media, youth culture and social politics, Charlie is a Senior Staff Editor @nytimes.

Charlie is also the Co-Editor of Black Joy (Penguin) and Editor of the book Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children (Hachette), a leading new exploration of the Windrush generation featuring David Lammy, Lenny Henry, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sharmaine Lovegrove, Hannah Lowe, Jamz Supernova, Natasha Gordon and Rikki Beadle-Blair.

Formerly the head of editorial at gal-dem, a writer and former editor at Dazed and a Guardian freelancer. Charlie has written columns for the Observer, ipaper and Metro and freelance for a variety of publications, including Easyjet Magazine and the Financial Times. Experienced panellist and speaker on … More...

Laura Garcia

Video Journalist, BBC Mundo

Working as a multimedia journalist started back in Laura’s home town of Mexico as a newspaper photographer covering the “lucha libre”. She’s an incurable nerd who loves cats, books, TikTok, and has always been fascinated with new ways of telling stories, new tech, coding, apps, and even VR/AR. Laura worked for newspapers and film production companies in the US before moving to the UK in September 2011. She has worked in different national newsrooms across the UK as a TV and radio producer. She taught multimedia journalism and TV production at the University of Kent for 5 years until December 2019. Recently she worked with First Draft teaching journos to spot and verify disinformation. She taught a course on social media for the UN-mandated University for Peace and regularly featured as … More...

Hazel Healy

UK Editor, DeSmog

Hazel Healy is the UK Editor of climate investigator  She was previously a Co-editor of the award-winning New Internationalist magazine. A writer, editor and broadcaster, she specialises in stories that unpack the thorny subjects of justice, equality and political change. Hazel co-founded local paper Manchester Mule before freelancing from Madrid for the BBC World Service, the LA Times, The Guardian and De Correspondent. In 2017, she won a Drum Online Media award for her stories of life after Ebola in Sierra Leone produced with On Our Radar.


Rupert Heseltine

Executive Chairman, Haymarket Media Group

Rupert began his media career in Australia in 1989, working for Peter Issacson Publications before returning to the UK to join Maxwell Business Communications. He joined Haymarket in 1994 and has worked across all parts of the business in a wide variety of roles launching a number of iconic brands.

In 2001 he became a director of Haymarket Media Group. In 2005 Rupert was named Deputy Chairman of Haymarket Media Group and in 2010 was named Executive Chairman. He is an active member of the global Federation of Periodical Publishers management board.

James Hewes

President and CEO, FIPP

James Hewes was a Publisher and Head of International at BBC MagazinesPart of the team that sold the business to private equity in November 2011, he was then Publishing Director for Top Gear, Good Food, Easy Cook and Lonely Planet Magazine and a Director of BBC Haymarket Exhibitions. 

He spent four years in Dubai, running Gulf News Publishing. Responsible for more than 30 product areas, he launched the group’s first consumer title in Arabic – wheels Arabic

Appointed President & CEO of FIPP in September 2017, he joined from The Art Newspaper, having been Interim CEO since December 2016.

Kim Hewitt

ITV News Meridian, Programme and Digital Editor

Kim Hewitt, an award-winning journalist, is the current Programme and Digital Editor at ITV News Meridian. She has a background in weekly and evening newspapers and spent her early years pounding the streets in search of those iconic red ‘phone boxes (ones that worked!) to file her copy.

That passion for news continued unabated when she joined ITV News Meridian in 1995, rising through the ranks of the newsdesk to become senior producer of the flagship regional news programme covering the South, South East and Thames Valley.

The passion for her role has led to recognition from the Royal Television Society with the team receiving prestigious national nominations and regional awards for coverage of major events.

She has worked on a number of big stories, including various Royal weddings; the Shoreham air crash; the 100thanniversary of Titanic; the Camber Sands … More...

Abeed Janmohamed

Founder, VolandoGlobal

Abeed is a Brookes alumnus from the class of 2002 graduating with a degree in Business Management. He is a C-Level Executive & Board Member with a demonstrable history of working with start-ups and high-growth businesses. He has significant experience of business development, revenue operations, commercial strategy, and pricing and investment strategy.

He has significant experience across publishing, AdTech, Martech and disruptive technologies such as blockchain and their application in the publishing and media industry.

Away from work Abeed has played international cricket for Kenya and continues to play competitive cricket, hockey, tennis and golf alongside coaching sport.

He is married with two children and sits on the governing body for Medstead Primary school and the committee for the Lords Taverners.

Deborah Joseph

European Editorial Director, Glamour

As the European Editorial Director of Glamour, a leading Condé Nast brand, Deborah oversees the UK, German and Spanish market. An award-winning Editor, Deborah took over as Editor-in-Chief of Glamour UK in 2017, seeing the brand through a period of exciting digital transition. Prior to that, she spent six years working for fashion and celebrity tech start ups and was a social media consultant for fashion designer Jenny Packham. She has edited Easy Living, Brides and the Daily Mail’s Life and Style section. She is a mother of three children and three pugs.

Jeremy Leslie

Founder, magCulture

Jeremy Leslie has worked as an Art Director on magazines such as Blitz and Time Out and as Creative Director at John Brown Media. He has developed a parallel career commenting on magazine creativity, with a particular interest in the new indie scene. Alongside the magCulture design studio he runs the magCulture online Journal and shop, has written several books about editorial design and organises the annual ModMag conferences in London and New York. In 2018 he was awarded the BSME’s Mark Boxer Award for services to the magazine industry.

Abbianca Makoni

Founder, Awallprintss

Journalist, editor, and founder of Awallprintss, an investigative media publication focused on sharing the stories and experiences of diverse communities around the globe through investigations and features. 

Prior to her work at Awallprintss, Abbianca worked for the Evening Standard where she wrote stories on the hidden child victims of lockdown, a solution focused documentary looking into the girls exploited into criminal gangs, the effects of period poverty on homeless children living in Zimbabwe, and community affairs.

She has also taken ‘deep dives’ exploring southeast Asia’s notorious Hydra gang and reported on the issue of the illegal wildlife trade in Africa for the Independent. Her words can be found in the I Paper, Metro and Belfast Telegraph, and other regional and national newspapers due to her short stint working at … More...

Sara McCorquodale

CEO and founder, CORQ

Sara McCorquodale is CEO and founder of CORQ, an influencer intelligence and digital trends service used by the best known brands in the world. She is also the author of Influence, an award-winning journalistic investigation into the influencer industry published by Bloomsbury in 2019. Prior to founding her company, Sara was an editor for many publications including Tatler, HuffPost and WGSN as well as reporting for the BBC and The Guardian. She has consulted globally on digital strategy for companies such as Estee Lauder, Chanel and Net-A-Porter and continues to work for national publications and broadcasters.

David McMurtrie

Head of UK Publishing, Google

David graduated from the University of Edinburgh and has spent his career working in advertising and media. He has worked for Google UK since 2007 where he is responsible for the team working with News Publishers in the UK. Previously, David was Director of International Media at MediaCom, where he worked for 10 years planning media for clients including Emirates, BP and P&G. Away from work, David enjoys travelling and trekking and is a Trustee of two charities, The Running Charity and Scotscare.

Jo Morrell

Managing Editor, The Telegraph

Jo Morrell joined The Telegraph as Managing Editor of The Telegraph in 2017.  Jo was previously a Founding Director of The Pool UK, and subsequently featured in the Timewise Power 50 List. She has held Managing Director positions at both Future plc and Bauer Media, which publishes Grazia, as well as directorships at BBC Worldwide and the Haymarket Media Group. Passionate about education for the less privileged, Jo is also on the advisory board of both Founders4Schools.

Gill Oliver

Journalist and Branch Secretary, NUJ Oxford

Gill is an NCTJ-trained journalist specialising in business, tech and property. She has written for publications, organisations and brands including The Daily Mail’s This is Money, The Bureau for Investigative Journalism/Bureau Local, The Press Association, Woman magazine, Showhouse and The Oxford Times and Oxford Mail. Gill also writes for websites, blogs and clients such as UCAS, Conran Design Group, and Oxford University Hospitals Trust.

Alan Rusbridger

Editor, Prospect Magazine

Alan Rusbridger was Editor in Chief of the Guardian from 1995-2015. He is currently editor of Prospect Magazine and Chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Until 2021 he was Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. During his time at the Guardian, both he and the paper won numerous awards, including the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Journalism. The Guardian grew from a printed paper with a circulation of 400,000 to a leading digital news organisation with 150m browsers a month around the world. He launched now-profitable editions in Australia and the US as well as a membership scheme which now has 1m Guardian readers paying for content.

He was born in Zambia, was educated at Cambridge and lives in London. He is the co-author of the BBC drama, Fields of Gold. He is a keen amateur … More...

Farrah Storr

Head of UK Writer Partnerships, Substack

Farrah Storr recently left a successful career as a magazine editor to develop the UK’s leading writers at global newsletter platform, Substack. As the award-winning Editor of Elle UK, Cosmopolitan and the launch Editor of Women’s Health — the most successful women’s magazine launch of the millennium — she has spent two decades honing her craft and has written extensively for a range of magazines and broadsheets. In 2017, Farrah was cited as one of the most powerful UK BAME leaders by The Guardian and Operation Black Vote and in 2018 won both the PPA and BSME Editor of the Year. She is part of the Social Mobility Commission.

Jim White

Sports Broadcaster, The Telegraph

Jim White has been involved in journalism rather longer than he would wish to be publicly known. A founder member of the Independent in 1986, he then moved to the Guardian and latterly the Daily Telegraph, where he still writes about sport, and The Mail on Sunday, to which he contributes celebrity interviews. As a broadcaster, he presented Radio 4’s Film Show for four years and these days guests regularly on Saturday Review and Five Live’s Fighting Talk. He also presented a sports discussion show for Scottish Television and STV’s Champions League coverage. Currently he presents the It’s Friday arts podcast for Mail+, the Daily Mai’s new subscription service. He has written more than a dozen books, including the best selling memoir about his time coaching his son’s football team “You’ll Win Nothing With Kids”. He organises the … More...