Nick Turton graduated from LSE in 1997 with a masters in European Politics and Policy. He has spent the last 17 years working in communications in Westminster and Whitehall, first as a parliamentary researcher and later in a range of media relations roles in the European Commission and British civil service. Most recently he has spent five years as Head of News at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, working closely with Secretaries of State Ed Miliband, Chris Huhne and Ed Davey on issues as contentious as new nuclear power, spiralling energy bills and global climate negotiations.

Sheree Dodd – after a long career with The Daily Mirror including covering industry and political stories, Sheree joined the civil service and held senior government communications roles in Northern Ireland as well as the Department for Work and Pensions and the DTI.  Since 2005 she has run a successful communications consultancy advising clients in both private and public sectors, including the Speaker and House of Commons Commission during the MPs expenses controversy.

Nikki Tait – A print journalist all her working life, Nikki Tait  has worked for the Financial Times for 28 years, largely as a foreign correspondent but also covering corporate and legal affairs and writing for the Lex column. Her last foreign posting was a four-year stint in Brussels, where she focussed on internal market issues, ranging to consumer and competition matters to the swathe of new financial regulation post-2008.  (Nikki is happy to focus on working as a journalist in Brussels)

Lauren Fedor works on CNBC International’s news desk in London, covering European business and economics. She was the 2013 Google Journalism Fellow at the Committee to Protect Journalists and has held various positions in newspapers, television and radio.

Joseph Cotterill  writes for the FT’s Alphaville blog.

Laura Kyrke-Smith – a Director at Portland, a strategic communications consultancy, where she focuses on our international government, development and corporate clients. Previously worked as a policy analyst and speechwriter in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and before that was the assistant to the Director of Polis at the LSE. Graduated from the MSc International Relations course at LSE in 2007.

Alex Margot-Duclot – Alex is a senior consultant at Osborne & Partners, a London-based PR agency, where he supports clients with PR in France in particular. He was previously the Campaign Director for Axelle Lemaire, a French socialist politician who was elected as the deputy representing the Third constituency for French overseas residents in the National Assembly in 2012.

Caroline Boin – Caroline is an Account Director at Portland, where she focuses on development, government and corporate clients in Africa. She previously worked in research roles for a UK professional services firm and on trade and environment issues at an international think tank. She was at LSE from 2008-10 and has a MSc in International Political Economy.

Mary Rahman began her career as press officer of Theatre Royal Stratford East.

In 2004, Rahman launched MRPR and currently has a list of high profile clients from the arts, film, fashion and music sector including work with arts venue Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, the Arts Council The Shape of Things project, Craftspace, sampad, University of East London. MRPR has also led the campaign for Alchemy- one of the largest UK South Asian arts festivals which takes place annually at the Southbank Centre.

She graduated in 2002 with a MSc Media and Communications from LSE.

Guy Collender – Guy is the Communications Manager at Birkbeck, University of London, where he promotes research, news and events. Since 2007 he has worked in busy university press offices, including at the Institute of Development Studies, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He began his career as a journalist in Portsmouth before working for the Government’s Media Monitoring Unit. Guy graduated from the MSc Population and Development at LSE in 2005, and completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism at Cardiff University in 2002.

Thane Ryland is a social media insights and digital strategist at Microsoft Mobile Oy. He is fascinated by how people and brands connect and interact digitally, and the role that technology plays in connecting (and understanding) them. Professional social/digital media insights and strategy roles include Head of Global Social Media Insights for Nokia, Head of Insight at Tempero and Social Media Insights Director at WPP’s MEC Interaction. His earlier career was in digital marketing and comunications roles in North America.He holds an MSc in Media and Communication (Distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, 2013.

Diane Le Douaron is Strategy Manager at FreemantleMedia, the TV production company of the Bertelsmann group and producer of international properties such as the x Factor, Britain’s Got talent or American Idol.

Her first role after my LSE graduation was in the corporate strategy department of Bertelsmann, the German media giant, parent company to the publisher Random House, the music company BMG, the magazine group Gruner and Jahr, the broadcaster holding RTL Group and the services company arvato.

Anna Barberà i Aresté joined Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited in 2013 and is responsible of Research and Communications. Prior to this position, she worked on financial public relations at Ogilvy Paris. From 2009 to 2011, she joined the Conseil de Coopération Economique (CCE) as Head of Programs. She has also been in charge of donors at a French-American foundation in New York and worked for the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich. Anna achieved a MSc in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics (LSE) and a MSc in Politics Research at Sciences po Paris (IEP). She also obtained a graduate diploma in Political Science and also in Philosophy at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She speaks fluent Spanish/Catalan, French and English and intermediate Italian.

Martin Stabe, Martin Stabe is Head of Interactive news at the Financial Times, leading a team of data journalists, designers and web developers tasked with producing innovative, data-driven forms of online storytelling for The team supports FT investigations with data collection and analysis, and produces news applications, interactive graphics and online maps.

Martin joined the FT in 2010 from business-to-business publisher Emap, where he was online editor of Retail Week. He began his career as a reporter covering digital media for British newspaper industry magazine Press Gazette.

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