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Would you like to inspire a journalist at the start of their career, or perhaps you are one looking for guidance?


The John Schofield Trust pulls in some extraordinary people across the broadcast industry. It bridges the gap between established journalists and their ‘young’ counterparts.

Susannah Schofield

Susannah Schofield 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.
Susannah now works as Head of Alumni Relations at Alleyn’s School in south-east London.

Ed Fraser is the Managing Editor of Channel 4 News.  He started at Channel 4 News in 2004 as a programme editor on the evening show before going on to become the head of online, Head of Foreign News and Head of Home News.  Before working with Channel 4 he worked at GMTV then on to Sky News where he covered the Soham murder trial. He has worked extensively in hostile environments covering the Iraq War, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and the Lebanon war in 2006.

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 de Sousa Caires is in his second year as the Deputy Director of Finance at BBC Media Action, which is the BBC's international development charity working in 25 countries around the world.

Alan has more than 25 years' experience in accounting working in both the commercial sector and the not-for-profit sector, having spent 15 years at General Electric (USA) and 5 years at charities including Notting Hill Housing Association and The Chartered Insurance Institute. Between 2011 and 2013 Alan spent two years in South Africa as Publishing Editor of Management Today magazine. In his current role Alan manages an international finance team and regularly travels to Asia and Africa.

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Wendy Wilson is an executive coaching and mentoring specialist, providing change management and transition coaching within creative industries. Her coaching consultancy delivers flexible professional development coaching support to organisations and individuals across a variety of creative industries including the UK media (TV, film and broadcast news).

Wendy has a Masters in Coaching and Mentoring Practice from Oxford Brookes University with a specialism in cross-cultural coaching. Married to a journalist she has lived and worked overseas in many countries including Russia, the Middle East and the USA.

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.

Paul Harrison Paul Harrison joined Sky News in 1997 as a news desk assistant. As a field producer he helped set up the Brussels bureau in 1999 before working there for a number of years. In 2003 he secured his secured his first on-screen role at Sky as North of England Correspondent.

Based at Sky News centre from 2006, Paul worked as a general news correspondent before becoming Royal Correspondent in 2010. During his career at Sky News Paul has travelled the world as a journalist and has covered stories in hostile environments such as conflict zones. In 2014 Paul was appointed to his current position of Senior News Editor.

Colin Pereira is Head of High Risk Security for Independent Television News and advises media companies from all over the world. He manages journalists and filmmakers in conflict zones every day.

Colin learned his trade working in the BBC

where started as an analyst and left a decade later as the Deputy Head of the Security team. He also was a producer for BBC Newsnight, Radio 4 and BBC World TV. Colin also now is also a private consultant, advising businesses on how to operate in fragile environments.

Toby Castle
Ed Fraser
Alan Grady
Wendy Wilson
Alan de Sousa Caires
Paul Harrison
Colin Pereira

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