Toby Castle is Deputy News Editor at the BBC. Previously Toby was Head of Home News at ITV News. He joined ITN in 1999. At ITN Toby news-edited across the home and foreign desks as well as field-producing, among other stories, the Beijing Olympics, the Lebanon war in 2006, the Columbia Shuttle disaster, the Soham murders and Michael Jackson’s death.
Under his leadership ITV News won a BAFTA in 2011 for its coverage of the Cumbria shootings, RTS News Coverage Home award for coverage of the Jimmy Savile story in 2012 and last year the RTS Home award for coverage of the murder of Lee Rigby.
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.
Matt Peacock is an adviser, lecturer and writer on international business. He is a former Group Director of Corporate Affairs at Vodafone Group plc where he led the company's global communications, sustainability, social purpose and human rights strategy, including establishing one of the world’s leading corporate transparency programmes.
Other prior roles include Group Communications Director with the FTSE10 global energy company BG Group plc (subsequently acquired by Shell) and Communications Director with the UK media and telecoms sector regulator, Ofcom. He is a former BBC radio reporter and was working for BBC Radio Four’s The World At One in Croatia on the day John was killed.
Julie is the interim CEO for Build Africa, a charity fighting poverty through education. Previously she was the CEO of Causeway Education, a charity working to improve the life chances of children and young people in the UK by supporting them through key educational transitions. Her previous roles include Director of Programmes and Partnerships at the Sutton Trust, a charity improving social mobility through education, and Head of the Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme at Save the Children. She also sits on the board of PRIME, a charity broadening access to the legal profession.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gill Penlington is Director of News and Event Programming for CNN International. She is 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.
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.
Nick Pollard has spent 50 years working in the media industry. He is a Broadcast and Media Consultant/Executive, currently working for CGTN (China Global Television Network). 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.
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.