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Editorial — United Kingdom   Back to Top

Stephen Khan


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, Scotland Editor of The Observer and also worked for The Sunday Herald in Scotland.

Megan Clement

Deputy Editor

Megan Clement was a foundation editor in Australia. She has covered Energy + Environment, Science + Technology and Politics + Society for the site. Her work on asylum seekers with Professor Sharon Pickering was recognised with an Australian Human Rights Award in 2012.

Jonathan Este

Deputy 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.

Jo Adetunji

Assistant Editor and Section Editor: Health + Medicine

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.

Annabel Bligh

Business + Economy Editor

Annabel joins The Conversation from a background in broadcast journalism. She was previously a radio news show producer at digital station Monocle 24 covering a wide array of international issues.

Joel Dimmock

Senior Commissioning Editor

Joel Dimmock spent 15 years as a journalist and editor at Reuters and AFP covering the banking and fund management industries. Most recently he was writing and publishing Reuters' investment strategy news and analysis. He has also worked on the Daily Mirror news desk.

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.

Laura Hood

Politics + Society 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.

Josephine Lethbridge

Arts + Culture Editor

Josephine joined The Conversation as Arts + Culture Editor after an internship through the summer of 2013. She has an MA in English Literature from the University of Glasgow, and is a trustee of the Queille Trust, which organises a biennial arts festival and aims to support the careers of emerging performers.

Andrew Naughtie

Politics + Society 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

Technology Editor

A journalist and photographer, Michael has covered everything from crime to culture for British newspapers and magazines, and was formerly associate editor at The Big Issue in London before leaving to write North American travel guides. He founded an IT company specialising in Linux and open source software before entering journalism.

Gemma Ware

Education 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.

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.

Emily Brown

Manifesto Check Editor

Emily graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 with an MA (hons) in Philosophy and English Literature. She has previously worked as a media monitor for Press Data Ltd, volunteered for the St James Ethics Centre and The Conversation, and was news editor at student newspaper The Journal.


Editorial — Australia   Back to Top

Andrew Jaspan

Executive Director and Editor

Andrew co-founded The Conversation. He previously edited The Age, The Observer (London), The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He was Editor-in-Chief of The Big Issue (London), and he founded and edited the Sunday Herald in Scotland. He is the Asia-Pacific Director for Innovation Media.

Misha Ketchell

Managing Editor

Misha most recently worked as a researcher and producer on ABC TV’s Media Watch. Previously he was editor of Crikey and The Big Issue (Australia) and a reporter for The Age.

Helen Westerman

Deputy Managing Editor and Section Editor: Business + Economy

Helen has covered news, business and finance for The Age newspaper and was the small business online editor for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

Paul Dalgarno

Deputy Editor and Section Editor: Arts + Culture

Paul was a senior features writer and columnist for The Herald and Sunday Herald in Scotland, where he was also deputy weekend features editor. He moved to Australia in 2010.

Sunanda Creagh

Fact Check Editor

Before joining The Conversation, Sunanda Creagh worked as a political and general news correspondent in the Reuters Jakarta bureau. Prior to that, she was a reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald, where she covered politics, urban affairs, arts, features and sport.

Catriona Menzies-Pike

Arts Editor

Before joining The Conversation as Arts Editor, Catriona Menzies-Pike was Managing Editor of the daily news website New Matilda. She holds a doctorate in English literature and has taught undergraduates at several Sydney universities. She is an elected alumni fellow of the University of Sydney Senate.

Charis Palmer

Deputy Business Editor

Charis joined The Conversation as News Editor in 2012 after working as editor of Business Spectator, where she was also founding editor of Technology Spectator. She later served as editor of iTnews and has also run her own publishing business focused on the banking sector. Charis returned to The Conversation in 2013 as Deputy Business Editor.

Michael Hopkin

Section Editor: Energy + Environment

Based in Perth, Michael joined The Conversation after several years as a journalist with Fairfax, Sky News and The West Australian. Before moving to Australia from his native UK, he was a senior news and features writer for Nature.

James Whitmore

Deputy Section Editor: Energy + Environment

James joined The Conversation after graduating from University of Melbourne. He has been sub-editor, feature writer and wildlife columnist for Farrago, and has presented on SYN community radio.

Fronscesca Jackson-Webb

Section Editor: Health + Medicine

Fron joined The Conversation from the Australian Medical Association, where she managed the Victorian media office. She previously worked for BBC Magazines in London and Melbourne consultancy Twenty20 Communications.

Reema Rattan

Section Editor: Health + Medicine

Reema has worked in the research sector in Sydney and Melbourne, most recently at The Florey Neurosciences Institute. She previously worked as a sub-editor at The Korea Times and the International Herald Tribune's local supplement in Seoul.

John Watson

Section Editor: Politics + Society

John has worked in the news media since he decided that a life tracking elephants (in the process of gaining an honours degree in ecology) was less interesting than being a journalist in apartheid-era South Africa. His residence was revoked and he returned to Australia. He joined The Conversation after nearly two decades with The Age as an editor, writer and columnist.

Michael Courts

Deputy Section Editor: Politics + Society

A graduate of Melbourne University's media and communications program, Michael returns to The Conversation after a successful internship on the Politics + Society desk in 2012 where he worked on the site's US elections coverage.

Alexandra Hansen

Education Editor

Alexandra has worked in various media and journalism roles in Melbourne, London, and Jakarta. Prior to joining The Conversation she worked at Foreign Policy Think Tank, the Australia India Institute at The University of Melbourne.

Michael Lund

Section Editor: Science + Technology

Michael has been a journalist for many years and worked for the BBC, ABC and more recently as a feature writer for The Courier-Mail, based in Brisbane. He has won several awards and commendations for his work including a highly commended in the Walkey Awards. Michael has also worked as a tutor and lecturer in journalism with Queensland University of Technology. He has a long interest in science and technology and holds a BSc (hons) in Mathematics and Physics and a MSc in Pure Mathematics.

Tim Dean

Section Editor: Science + Technology

Tim has been a science and technology writer and editor for over 15 years. His work has appeared in print and online in numerous outlets around the world, and he has been the editor of Cosmos, Australian Life Scientist and PC & Tech Authority magazines. He is also holds a doctorate in philosophy.

Liz Minchin

Queensland Editor

Based in Brisbane, Liz is a Walkley award-winning journalist and author. She worked at The Age newspaper for a decade, most recently as news editor of The Saturday Age. She has also worked as a media trainer, and co-written a book on bigger-picture solutions to climate change, Screw Light Bulbs.

Prodita Sabarini

Jakarta Editor

Before joining The Conversation, Prodita worked for 7 years as a reporter for the Jakarta-based English daily The Jakarta Post. In 2013-2014, she was the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies. As Neuffer fellow, Prodita also wrote for The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

Debbie Dickinson

External Relations Manager

Debbie Dickinson joins The Conversation having run national and international digital media campaigns, including for the Australian Government on the carbon price, and for the UK Government's UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen. She previously worked as a strategic policy advisor at London's Sustainable Development Commission, and at the Amsterdam-based non-profit, the Global Reporting Initiative.

Emil Jeyaratnam

Multimedia Editor

Emil has a background in documentary post-production and has credits on documentaries for the ABC, SBS, and BBC, amongst others. He has completed a Graduate Diploma of Journalism at La Trobe University, where he co-edited its online magazine, and after a brief stint at Business Spectator, he joins The Conversation as the Multimedia Editor.

Cory Zanoni

Community Manager

Cory graduated from RMIT with degrees in psychology and communications. He’s written an honours thesis about online behaviour and has managed the social media communities of multiple organisations. Cory manages The Conversation’s online community, including moderating comments and creating a space for intelligent discussion.

Todd Shilton

Editorial Assistant

Todd returned to The Conversation after a successful Editorial Internship in 2014. Before joining The Conversation he completed a Bachelor of Journalism at Monash University where he was the News Editor of Mojo – Monash University’s student run online news site.


Editorial — United States   Back to Top

Maria Balinska

Managing Editor

Previously Maria was at the BBC in London where, for 10 years, she was Editor, World Current Affairs Radio. A 2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard she is also the founder of Latitude News, a digital platform that introduced new ways of covering world affairs for American audiences.

Martin LaMonica

Deputy Managing Editor and Environment + Energy Editor

Martin has worked as a reporter and editor covering technology, science and business for more than 20 years. Before joining the Conversation, he wrote regularly for MIT Technology Review, Xconomy, IEEE Spectrum, the Boston Globe and the Guardian. He previously worked at CNET/CBS Interactive and technology publisher IDG.

Maggie Villiger

Science + Technology Editor

Maggie has a background in broadcast journalism, having worked in both public radio and television. She has a BA in neuroscience and an MA in science communication.

Ari Fertig

Editorial Liaison

Ari joins The Conversation having previously helped coordinate marketing and communications at Health Care For All, a Massachusetts-based health care nonprofit. He also has experience running online and on-the-ground campaigns. Ari graduated from Brandeis University with degrees in history and philosophy.

Bryan Keogh

Economics + Business Editor

Bryan spent the past decade writing and editing on business, finance and economics topics, most recently as the editor of a magazine in Beirut. Prior to that, he wrote about corporate finance and health from Paris and covered the debt markets for Bloomberg News in both London and New York.

Jessie Schanzle

Associate Editor, Health + Medicine

Before joining The Conversation, Jessie worked at WBUR and at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism. She has a BA in anthropology and an MA in journalism.

Nick Lehr

Associate Editor, Arts + Culture

Nick is a recent graduate of the Creative Writing Program at Columbia's School of the Arts. He's worked as a freelance writer and researcher as well as in politics.

Kalpana Jain

Education Editor

Kalpana spent the past four years at Harvard’s Kennedy School and Business School doing research, writing case studies, and teaching. Prior to that she was a reporter and editor at The Times of India. A 2009 Nieman Fellow, she has reported extensively on global health issues. She has a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School.


Leadership team — United Kingdom   Back to Top

Andrew Jaspan

Editor-in-Chief and UK Trustee

Andrew co-founded The Conversation in Australia and brought the project to the UK. He previously edited The Observer (London), The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, The Big Issue (London), and the Sunday Herald in Scotland. In Australia he was Editor-in-Chief of The Age and Sunday Age. He is the Asia-Pacific Director for Innovation Media.

Jonathan Hyams

Executive Advisor

Jonathan Hyams helped to found The Conversation in the UK. He works in project management across the creative industries. Working with the Comedia consultancy, where he co-authored The Creative City Index with Charles Landry, he is also Director and Chairman of Artlook Software.

Max Landry

Chief Executive

Max helped to found The Conversation in the UK. He has a strong track record in business and internet innovation, having spent the last few years founding and running Paperstone, a leading office supplies website. If you would like to partner with or support The Conversation UK, please get in touch with him.


Support team — United Kingdom   Back to Top

Khalil Cassimally

Community Coordinator

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, and others.

Louise King

External Relations Coordinator

Louise King has a legal background. She practiced as a solicitor in Scotland for two years before joining the Conversation in October 2013.


Editorial board — United Kingdom   Back to Top

Claire Wallace

Claire is Vice Principal for Research & Knowledge Exchange at the University of Aberdeen. Her two main fields of expertise and research are Quality of Life and Digital Economy. She was formerly President of the European Sociological Association and editor of the international journal 'European Societies'.

John Heath

John Heath is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Estates and Infrastructure at the University of Birmingham. His portfolio includes oversight of infrastructure, information and sustainability. He works with the Directors of Estates and IT across the academy to support the development and delivery of the University Strategic Framework.

Nick Lieven

Nick Lieven is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Aircraft Dynamics at the University of Bristol where he also served as Dean of Engineering.

Elizabeth Treasure

Professor Elizabeth Treasure is Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, as well as an active researcher, teacher and clinician. She was Dean and Head of the School of Dentistry and Divisional Director of the Dental Division of Cardiff & Vale University Health Board.

George Brock

Professor Brock was Head of Journalism at City University London in 2009-14 and is now a part-time professor. Prior to this, he had a long and successful career with The Times. He is a member of the executive board of the International Press Institute, chairs the IPI's British committee, and is ex-president of the World Editors Forum.

Pamela Gillies

Pamela has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor of GCU since 2006. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the British Council and has researched and written widely on HIV/AIDS, health development, and inequalities in health focussing on the potential of social action for health. Pamela was awarded the honour of CBE for services to education and public health in December 2012.

David Hogg

David Hogg is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Leeds University and is responsible for developing the University’s research and innovation agenda. He is Co-Director of the N8 High Performance Computing Facility, Chair of the WUN Global Challenge on Responding to Climate Change, a director of Medilink, and a member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team for ICT.

Dinah Birch

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.

David Price

David Price is Vice-Provost (Research) at UCL and Professor of Mineral Physics. He is chair of the REF2014 sub-Panel for Earth and Environmental Sciences; Chair of Governors of the UCL Academy School; a Council Member of the STFC; and a non-executive Director of the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.

Vince Emery

Vincent Emery is Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Relations) and Professor of Translational Virology at the University of Surrey and holds an Honorary Professorship of Virology at UCL.

David Randles

David is BA Journalism Programme Leader at the University of Salford where he lectures in online and sports journalism. After starting his career online with Trinity Mirror Digital, David has worked as a staff writer for Liverpool Football Club and a multi-media sports reporter at the Liverpool Echo, while also freelancing for various national publications.

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor is the Dean of Warwick Business School. He has outstanding credentials both in academia and in business. Mark was previously Managing Director at BlackRock and Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund. He is also one of the most highly cited researchers in the world.

Barry Winn

Professor Barry Winn is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Development) at the University of Bradford. He has previously held positions there as Professor of Optometry, Head of Department and inaugural Dean of Life Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a former educational advisor to the General Optical Council.

Claire Warwick

Claire is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Durham. She Chairs the University’s Research Committee and has overall responsibility for the development & implementation of the University’s Research Strategy. She has a background in Digital Humanities; is a member of the advisory board for the British Library’s Labs initiative, and is the only British member of Conseil Scientifique du Campus Condorcet in Paris.

Andrew Atherton

Professor Andrew Atherton is Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University and a Professor of Entrepreneurship. He has published extensively on entrepreneurship and in particular business start-up and government enterprise policy, and has advised and worked with policymakers and practitioners in the UK and internationally. A Mandarin Chinese speaker, Andrew has worked on and researched entrepreneurship in China since the mid 1990s.

Tony Gallagher

Tony Gallagher is a Professor of Education and Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for planning, staffing and external affairs at Queen’s University Belfast. His main research area relates to the role of education in divided societies and he currently leads a programme of research promoting collaborative networks of schools to support school improvement and social cohesion. In his PVC role he is leading work in Queen’s on Public Engagement.

Saul Tendler

Professor Saul Tendler, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Nottingham. An academic pharmacist, his research is directed towards biophysical investigation of bio-molecular systems and their interactions, primarily utilising atomic force microscopy. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

Jane Powell

Jane is the Deputy Warden and Pro Warden for Academic Development and Internationalisation at Goldsmith, University of London. Before joining Goldsmiths in 1994, Jane trained and worked as a clinical psychologist, specialising in addiction and brain injury rehabilitation services. She has researched in both those areas extensively over the subsequent two decades.

Kevin Hetherington

Kevin Hetherington has held a Chair in Geography at The Open University since January 2005. He is currently Dean and Director of Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences. He has published extensively with recent research focussing on a number of areas including museum studies, the material remains of the past within the present and its relevance to heritage issues, and consumption and disposal.

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 academia Gill trained as a journalist and worked for both Haymarket Publishing and BBC Wales.


Board of Trustees — United Kingdom   Back to Top

Andrew Jaspan

Andrew brought The Conversation to the UK and is Editor-in-Chief. He co-founded The Conversation in Australia where he is Editor and Executive Director of The Conversation Media Group. He previously edited The Age, The Observer (London), The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, The Big Issue (London), and he founded and edited the Sunday Herald in Scotland. He is the Asia-Pacific Director for Innovation Media.

Other Interests/affiliations that may conflict with The Conversation UK: None

Professor Martin Hall

Martin Hall is a historical archaeologist and strategic leader. He joined the University of Salford in April 2009 as VC Designate, before taking up his role as VC on 1 August, 2009. He is a Trustee of the International Society, Chair of JISC, Council Member of the University of Salford, and a Board Member of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

Other Interests/affiliations that may conflict with The Conversation UK: None

Professor Paul Curran


A former NASA research scientist Paul has been Vice-Chancellor of City University London since 2010. Prior to this he was Vice-Chancellor of Bournemouth University and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton.

Other Interests/affiliations that may conflict with The Conversation UK: None

Michael Burke

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.

Other Interests/affiliations that may conflict with The Conversation UK: None

Professor Alice Roberts

Alice Roberts is Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. She has combined teaching, research and public engagement in her academic career: as a clinical anatomist, physical anthropologist, television and radio broadcaster, author and science journalist. She believes that the best public engagement emerges from direct interactions between researchers and “the public”. The Conversation is a prime example.

Other Interests/affiliations that may conflict with The Conversation UK: None


Patrons — United Kingdom   Back to Top

Professor Sir Eric Thomas

Professor Sir Eric Thomas is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, a position he has held since September 2001. He was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2013 for services to Higher Education.


Technology — Global   Back to Top

James Healy

Technical Director

James studied software engineering at Swinburne University. Since then he has worked on researching network protocols and developing websites for several Australian companies and community groups.

Mark Cipolla


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

Matthias Siegel


Matthias studied computer and media science in Germany before moving to Australia in 2008, sponsored by Tasmania. He has worked for web development companies in Hobart and Melbourne before joining The Conversation.

Nick Browne


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

Travis Winters


Travis didn't let an Arts Degree at Monash University get in the way of editing the student paper. Twenty years later, he now has a beautiful wife, two kids and a career in software development.

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