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Stephen Khan

Stephen Khan

Editor

Stephen Khan is The Conversation’s Editor in the UK. He was a news editor at The Guardian and previously Deputy Foreign Editor of The Independent and Scotland Editor of The Observer.

Jo Adetunji

Jo Adetunji

Deputy Editor

Before joining The Conversation UK, Jo Adetunji worked as a reporter and editor at the Guardian, covering stories from UK knife crime to the Arab Spring. She previously edited the Guardian's health and social care networks and has also written for The Times, The Independent and Telegraph newspapers.

Matt Warren

Matt Warren

Deputy Editor

Before joining The Conversation as Executive Editor, Matt Warren was a magazine editor and features executive on The Daily Mail.

Annabel Bligh

Annabel Bligh

Business + Economy Editor

Annabel is business and economy editor at The Conversation UK and co-produces The Anthill podcast. She joined TCUK as an assistant commissioning editor in January 2014. Before that, she worked in broadcast journalism as a radio news show producer at digital station Monocle 24, covering a wide array of international issues.

Emily Lindsay Brown

Emily Lindsay Brown

Editor for Cities and Young People

Emily graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 with an MA in Philosophy and English Literature. While at university, she worked as a media monitor for Press Data Ltd, interned with The Conversation UK and the St James Ethics Centre, and was news editor at The Journal - a Scottish student newspaper. She rejoined The Conversation in 2015, and completed an MSc in Media and Communications at London School of Economics in 2017.

Khalil A. Cassimally

Khalil A. Cassimally

Community Project Manager (Audience development)

Khalil has worked on science blogging networks for Nature Publishing Group. He has a keen interest in science and African policies, and has regularly blogged for Scientific American, nature.com and others.

Ruth Dawson

Ruth Dawson

Wales Editor

Ruth comes from a background in the Welsh media, most recently working at the South Wales Evening Post. Before this, she worked as editor of a respected automotive industry publication. She is based in Cardiff.

Will de Freitas

Will de Freitas

Environment + Energy Editor

Will de Freitas helped to establish The Conversation in the UK. Previously, he worked on data projects for the Guardian's Global Development website, and for three years worked in ministerial offices at Whitehall.

Jonathan Este

Jonathan Este

Associate Editor, Arts + Culture Editor

Jonathan Este spent 20 years as a reporter, columnist and editor on The Independent as well as The Australian. He joins The Conversation from the Media Alliance in Australia where he specialised in media law and policy and the digital revolution in journalism.

Miriam Frankel

Miriam Frankel

Science Editor, The Conversation UK

Miriam worked for four years as a reporter and news editor of Research Fortnight, a specialist publication focusing on science, technology and higher education policy. She has previously written for publications including New Scientist, Nature and Physics World. She also has a background as a PhD student in atomic physics, specialising in laboratory astrophysics.

Stephen Harris

Stephen Harris

Commissioning + Science Editor

Stephen covers science, technology and health for The Conversation. He previously spent five years as senior reporter and special projects editor at The Engineer, the world's oldest technology magazine and professional journal.

Laura Hood

Laura Hood

Politics Editor, Assistant Editor

Laura worked for more than five years as a reporter and news editor for Research Fortnight, a specialist publication focusing on science, technology and higher education policy. She also worked as a reporter for Research Europe, covering French higher education policy and European policy in areas including space and innovation.

Paul Keaveny

Paul Keaveny

Commissioning Editor

Paul has been a journalist for 16 years, working most recently as a news reporter for The Sun covering the north of England. Before that he worked as a multimedia journalist at The Press Association covering breaking news, court cases and major events. Paul began his career as a local newspaper reporter and crime correspondent and also works for the BBC. He is based in Manchester.

Josephine Lethbridge

Josephine Lethbridge

Interdisciplinary Editor

Josephine joined The Conversation as Arts + Culture Editor in 2014, before becoming Interdisciplinary Editor in 2017. She has an MA in English Literature from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Science, Technology and Society from UCL. She is also a trustee of the Queille Trust, which holds a biennial arts festival.

Andrew Naughtie

Andrew Naughtie

International Editor

Andrew comes from a social science background, and studied and worked in the US. Before joining The Conversation, he worked on projects spanning behavioural economics, ethnography for public policy, and commercial qualitative research.

Michael Parker

Michael Parker

Membership Editor

Michael is a news and features journalist with more than 12 years’ experience covering everything from crime to culture for British newspapers and magazines, formerly Associate Editor at The Big Issue in London for three years before leaving to write travel guides in the US. Prior to entering journalism Michael worked in technology as a systems administrator, and he retains interests in Linux and open source software, digital rights, privacy and surveillance.

Luke Salkeld

Luke Salkeld

Commissioning Editor

Luke has worked as a journalist in the UK national press for 14 years, including a decade at the Daily Mail as a reporter and news editor. He is based in Bristol.

Holly Squire

Holly Squire

Commissioning Editor

Holly joins The Conversation from a background in broadcast journalism and magazine publishing. She spent three years working as a reporter and editor on a number of business publications focusing on housing, the environment and health. Before this, she worked for the BBC as a journalist and researcher. She is based in York.

Steven Vass

Steven Vass

Scotland Editor

Steven Vass joined The Conversation in February 2014 after nearly 10 years at the Sunday Herald, first as media correspondent and then as deputy business editor, where he wrote about most aspects of business but particularly energy, the economy and the financial crisis. He previously spent several years as a VSO volunteer in Zambia and several more as a media analyst in London.

Gemma Ware

Gemma Ware

Society Editor

Before joining The Conversation, Gemma worked for over five years as assistant editor at the Paris-based The Africa Report magazine where she focused on business, technology and education. She previously wrote about fundraising and UK charity policy at Civil Society Media.

Clint Witchalls

Clint Witchalls

Health + Medicine Editor

Clint has worked as a freelance journalist for the past 15 years. He has covered health, science and technology for The Economist, Intelligent Life, Newsweek, New Scientist, The Guardian and The Independent. He also wrote a book about his year as a clinical trial "guinea pig" for the male pill called Die Pille und Ich (Rowohlt). Clint holds an MSc in creative non-fiction writing from Imperial College London.

Jane Wright

Jane Wright

Commissioning Editor Scotland

Jane Wright has worked for a variety of Scottish newspapers including The Herald, The Daily Mail and Scotland on Sunday. In 1999, she joined The Sunday Herald and edited the magazine for eight years. Jane moved to London to launch Eurostar's new magazine, and edited several travel publications. Returning to Glasgow in 2016, she joined The Conversation in March 2017.

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Chris Waiting

Chris Waiting

Chief Executive Officer

Chris joined The Conversation in May 2018. He previously worked for the Associated Press as Director of Strategy & Development and for the BBC as Chief of Staff where he advised the COO and Director-General. He has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MBA from London Business School.

Georgina Hall

Georgina Hall

Membership Manager

Georgina worked for The Conversation Australia for four years before moving to London to become TCUK's Membership Manager. If you would like to speak about your university's involvement with The Conversation, or any of the services we offer, please get in touch.

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Dinah Birch

Dinah Birch

Professor of English Literature

Dinah Birch is an academic and literary critic. She is Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool, and currently serves as the university’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange; she previously taught English at Trinity College, Oxford. She specialises in Victorian literature, and has published extensively on writers including Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, and Alfred Tennyson. She was a member of the jury for the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

Bo Ahren

Bo Ahren

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Bo Ahrén is pro vice-chancellor for external engagement. Bo Ahrén is a professor of clinical metabolic research at the Department of Clinical Sciences in Lund and a consultant at the Endocrinology Clinic, Skåne University Hospital. He conducts research on diabetes and has been involved in developing new drugs to treat type 2 diabetes. Bo Ahrén has previously been chief of medicine at Region Skåne and head of the research clinic at Skåne University Hospital in Lund. He was dean of the Facul...

Andrew Atherton

Andrew Atherton

Deputy Vice Chancellor and Professor of Enterprise

Andrew Atherton is a Professor of Enterprise and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Lancaster University and an expert in SME policy and China. Professor Atherton joined Lancaster University in January 2013 from Lincoln University where he was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and led on major university initiatives on employer engagement and enterprise. This included establishing the first new School of Engineering in the UK for more than 20 years, in partnership with Siemens, and developing new appro...

John Bridgeman

John Bridgeman

Pro Vice Chancellor (Research & Knowledge Transfer)

Academic Qualifications PhD: Fluid Dynamics and Water Chemistry, Cranfield University. MSc: Water and Wastewater Technology, Cranfield University. BEng: Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham. Professional Qualifications CEng: Chartered Engineer CSci: Chartered Scientist FICE: Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers FCIWEM: Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management FRSA: Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragemen...

Nishan Canagarajah

Nishan Canagarajah

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise

Professor Nishan Canagarajah joined the University of Bristol in 1993 and became a Professor of Multimedia Signal Processing in 2004. Nishan was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering between 2001 and 2014 and has acted as a Technical Consultant for a number of industrial partners including Sony, BT, BBC, Orange, Thales, Toshiba and the Met Police. Nishan took up the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor at University of Bristol in August 2014, having overall responsibility for all research and enterprise ...

James Conroy

James Conroy

Professor of Religious and Philosophical Education and Vice Principal, Internationalisation

Professor Conroy is currently the Vice Principal of Internationalisation at the University of Glasgow. He is Chair of the Glasgow University International Educational consultancy and a member of the Board of the PASCAL Observatory. He was previously International Lead for the college of Social Sciences and Leader of the Research Cluster on Creativity, Culture and Faith; and has held the posts of Dean of the Faculty of Education, Head of Graduate School and Head of Department of Religious ...

Tara Dean

Tara Dean

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)

Professor Dean joined University of Brighton in August 2016 and has overall responsibility for all research and enterprise activities. Professor Dean was born and raised in Iran and came to the UK aged 16 to continue her studies. She received a BSc in Biological Chemistry from the University of Essex and completed her PhD in 1999 in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from King’s College London. Tara then joined the Paediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology Unit at the National Heart and Lung Institute...

Todd Landman

Todd Landman

Professor of Political Science, Pro Vice Chancellor of the Social Sciences

Dr Todd Landman is a Professor of Political Science and Pro Vice Chancellor of the Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. He researches, teaches, and publishes on significant problems and methods associated with development, democracy and human rights. He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, an MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University in 1990, an MA in Political Science from the University of Colorado...

Hilary Lappin-Scott

Hilary Lappin-Scott

Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott is the Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor responsible for Research and Innovation and Strategic Development at Swansea University. Professor Lappin-Scott is Vice President of the Federation of European Microbiology Society (FEMS)and a Trustee of the Daphne Jackson Trust. She is former President of the Microbiology Society and the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME). Hilary is also Swansea University’s lead for the Equality and Diversity agenda for Ath...

David Oswell

David Oswell

Pro-Warden for Research and Enterprise

Professor David Oswell is Pro-Warden for Research and Enterprise. In this role, he is responsible for leading the development and overseeing the implementation of Goldsmiths’ Research and Enterprise Strategy. David joined Goldsmiths in 2001 and from 2013 to 2016 was Head of Department for Sociology. His current research interests concern the social life and history of children, childhood and children’s rights.

Jane Powell

Jane Powell

Jane is the University of Surrey’s Vice-Provost for Education & Students. By professional background she is a clinical psychologist, with clinical and research specialisms in addiction and brain injury rehabilitation services.

Richard Sambrook

Richard Sambrook

Professor of Journalism

Richard Sambrook is Director of the Centre for Journalism and Professor at Cardiff University. He spent 30 years as a journalist in BBC News including ten years on the board of management as Director of Sport, Director of News and Director of Global News. He was also Global Vice Chairman of Edelman - where he was a consultant on media to numerous global organisations.

Colin Scott

Colin Scott

Professor of EU Regulation and Governance

Colin Scott is Professor of EU Regulation and Governance at University College Dublin where he currently serves as Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Principal UCD College of Social Sciences and Law. His research encompasses issues of regulatory design and accountability, the regulation of government and transnational private regulation.

Saul Tendler

Saul Tendler

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost

Professor Saul Tendler is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at the University of York. An academic pharmacist, his research is directed towards biophysical investigation of bio-molecular systems and their interactions, primarily utilising atomic force microscopy. At York he is responsible for planning, partnerships and the international portfolio.

Gill Valentine

Gill Valentine

Gill Valentine is a professor of Geography and Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Sheffield where she is responsible for the Faculty of Social Sciences. Her research interests are focused on three interconnected areas: social identities and belonging; childhood, parenting and family life; and urban cultures and consumption. Gill has (co)authored/edited 15 books (with translations in Japanese, Chinese and Korean) and over 170 journal articles/reports. Before taking up a career in academ...

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Paul Curran

Paul Curran

Chair

A former NASA research scientist Paul has been President of City, University of London since 2010. Prior to this he was Vice-Chancellor of Bournemouth University and DVC of the University of Southampton. Sir Paul is Chair of the national Review Body on Doctors’ & Dentists’ Remuneration and President of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society. He was Chair of the UCEA Board and member of the NERC Council. Sir Paul was knighted in the 2016 New Year Honours.

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Michael Burke

Michael Burke

Television Producer

Michael is an award winning documentary film maker and television producer with extensive experience working at a senior level for all the major UK broadcasters.

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Nicholas Eldred

Nicholas Eldred

Nicholas Eldred is a consultant general counsel, advising companies on legal, regulatory and governance issues. A qualified solicitor, he has held general counsel & secretary roles at O2uk, the BBC and Christie’s. He is a former trustee of BBC Children in Need and was until recently chairman of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust. He is currently general counsel & secretary of the Architectural Association where he is leading a major governance review.

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Jonathan Hyams

Jonathan Hyams

Executive Adviser

Working with The Conversation Founder Andrew Jaspan, Jonathan Hyams set up the UK edition in 2013 and was its first Chief Executive. He is Director at Artlook Software and collaborator with Charles Landry’s Comedia. His background includes software, arts marketing, ticketing and journalism.

Ziyad Marar

Ziyad Marar

Ziyad Marar is Global Publishing Director of SAGE, a role he was appointed to in 2010 after having joined the company in 1989. In recent years at SAGE Ziyad has also focused on social science advocacy. He has spoken and written on this theme in various international contexts and is also a board member for the Campaign for Social Sciences. Ziyad is the author of three books combining his interests in psychology and philosophy.

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Adrian Monck

Adrian Monck

Adrian is a member of the World Economic Forum's Managing Board, leading the Public Engagement & Foundations. Previously, he headed the Department of Journalism at City University London, where he was also a professor. As a journalist, he spent his career with CBS News, ITN and Sky News. He is also a published author.

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Joanna Newman

Joanna Newman

Dr Joanna Newman is the Secretary General of The Association of Commonwealth Universities. Joanna joined the ACU from King’s College London where she was the Vice-Principal (International). In previous positions, she was Director of the UK Higher Education International Unit and the Head of Higher Education for the British Library. In 2014, she was awarded an MBE in recognition of her work in promoting British higher education internationally.

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Colin Riordan

Colin Riordan

Vice Chancellor and President

Professor Colin Riordan took up the post of President and Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University on 1 September 2012. Previously he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex, having been appointed in October 2007. He moved to Essex from Newcastle University, where he had been Pro Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences since August 2005. Professor Riordan taught English as a foreign language at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg in Germany (198...

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Alice Roberts

Alice Roberts

Professor of Public Engagement in Science

A Trustee of The Conversation, Alice Roberts is an anatomist, anthropologist and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. She has developed a research interest in biological or physical anthropology, looking at what ancient skeletons can tell us about human evolution and the diversity of the human species. She has a PhD in palaeopathology, the study of disease in ancient human remains. Alice is also a broadcaster and has presented several landmark BBC ser...

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Caroline Thomson

Caroline Thomson

Caroline Thomson is Chair of Digital UK, the body which is responsible for digital terrestrial television and a Non-Executive Director of VITEC, CN media group and UKGI. She was the Executive Director of English National Ballet and former COO of the BBC. She is Deputy Chair of the National Gallery and a Trustee of Tullie House Gallery in Cumbria.

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Andrew Jaspan

Andrew Jaspan

Andrew Jaspan is the creator and co-founder of The Conversation. He launched the project in Australia in 2011 and was instrumental in seeing it established in the UK two years later. The project was born out of concerns Andrew had about public access to reliable information amid a dramatic shift in the production and consumption of journalism internationally. Andrew has been Editor of The Observer, The Age (Melbourne), The Scotsman and the Sunday Herald (Glasgow), which he also founded.

Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas

Sir Eric Jackson Thomas is an academic who was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol from 2001 to 2015. From 2003 to 2007, he was Chair of the Worldwide Universities Network and was the President of Universities UK from 2011 to 2013. He was knighted in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to higher education.

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James Hill

James Hill

Head of Engineering

James studied computer science at UNSW. Since then his professional career has been equally split between Australia & the UK. Currently residing in London, he's joined The Conversation eager to work on meaningful software around the way we disseminate information.

Gin Atkins

Gin Atkins

Head of Product

Gin has spent the last 15 years learning about, designing for, and leading people in both product and service environments. Drawing from a uniquely diverse set of experiences that span youth work, management consulting, enterprise innovation labs and tech startups, she combines incisive analysis and strategic thinking with a deep care for, and sensitivity to how people think and feel.

Mark Cipolla

Mark Cipolla

Developer

After finishing a degree in Multimedia Design at Monash University, Mark has worked with a number of design and development teams, including Realestate.com.au and SitePoint.

Nick Browne

Nick Browne

Developer

Nick studied computer science at RMIT University. He has worked in Australia, India, Hong Kong and America before joining The Conversation.

Josh Bassett

Josh Bassett

Data Platform Technical Lead

A UNSW alumnus, Josh enjoys applying CompSci rigour to all manners of problems. Prior to joining The Conversation he worked on several large projects including the Bendigo Bank mobile app, the New Zealand Stock Exchange, the Clear Grain Exchange, and the WordPress iPhone app.

Ben Macleod

Ben Macleod

Commercial Platform Senior Developer

Taking a left turn after a BA majoring in Linguistics, narrowly avoiding a career in rock and roll, Ben studied Software Development at RMIT. He comes to The Conversation from working on the TalkBox platform at ImpactData, and is keen to contribute to shaping the future of journalism.

Tiago Amaro

Tiago Amaro

Developer

Tiago studied computer science at UFF (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil). His motto is to write better software that people will love.