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Our Children’s Future: Does Public Service Media Matter?

Our Writers

Dr. Karl Rawstrone

Dr. Karl Rawstrone is a Senior Lecturer in Media Production and Deputy Head of the Department of Media Production at Bournemouth University. He completed his PhD with the University of the West of England in 2020. His thesis is entitled Negotiating Dependence: Independent Television Producers in England.

Baroness Floella Benjamin DBE and Julie Elliott MP

Julie Elliott MP and Baroness Floella Benjamin DBE are Co-Chairs of the APPG for Children’s Media and the Arts. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children’s Media and the Arts was established in 2011 to provide greater awareness of the issues around children's media and arts.

Peter York and Emeritus Professor Patrick Barwise

Peter York is a ‘capitalist tool’ by background, as a market researcher (like Paddy Barwise a Patron of the Market Research Society) and management consultant. Patrick Barwise is emeritus professor of management and marketing at London Business School and an expert on marketing and media.

Dr Jane O’Connor

Reader in Childhood Studies, Birmingham City University

Dr Jane O’Connor is a Reader in Childhood Studies at Birmingham City University where she co-leads the Cultures in Education research group. She is the author of The Cultural Significance of the Child Star (Routledge, 2008) and co-editor of Childhood and Celebrity (Routledge, 2017).

Lord David Puttnam

Lord David Puttnam is the Chair of Atticus Education, an online education company founded in 2012 that delivers audio-visual seminars to students all over the world. In addition to this, he is a member of the House of Lords where he pursues an active role in a variety of areas, from educational and environmental issues to digital skills.

Emerita Professor Máire Messenger Davies

Máire Messenger Davies is Emerita Professor of Media Studies at Ulster University, and a Visiting Professor at the University of South Wales. She has a BA in English from Trinity College Dublin and, after a journalistic career in local newspapers and national magazines, she obtained a PhD in psychology at the University of East London, studying how audiences learn from television.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Frank Cottrell-Boyce is a successful British screenwriter whose film credits include Welcome to Sarajevo, Hilary and Jackie and 24 Hour Party People. Millions, his debut chidlren's novel, won the 2004 Carnegie Medal and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award.

Michael Rosen

A former Children's Laureate and one of the best-known figures in the children’s book world, Michael Rosen is renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. As an author and by selecting other writers’ works for anthologies he has been involved with over 140 books. He lectures and teaches in universities on children’s literature, reading and writing.

Warren Nettleford

Warren Nettleford is an award-winning national TV journalist who’s tackled the biggest global news stories covering Europe, Asia and the United States. He’s worked for every major UK news broadcaster (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5).

David Kleeman

Strategist, analyst, author, speaker, connector — David Kleeman has led the children’s media industry in developing sustainable, child-friendly practices for 35 years. He began this work as president of the American Centre for Children and Media and is now Senior Vice President of Global Trends for Dubit, a strategy/research consultancy and digital studio.

Sir Phil Redmond

Sir Phil Redmond is a great advocate and ambassador for Liverpool and Merseyside. He was considered innovative throughout his television career at Mersey Television and created a number of ground breaking drama series including Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks.

Wincie Knight

Wincie Knight is VP of Global Inclusion Strategies at ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI). Fiercely passionate about the notion of diversity being less about filling quotas and more about creating a sense of belonging. She works collaboratively with all of VIMN’s Employee Resource Groups in offices in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Madrid, Milan and Warsaw.

Ed Vaizey

Ed Vaizey (Lord Vaizey of Didcot) is a member of the House of Lords, appointed in 2020, and sits on the Communications and Media Committee. He was the Member of Parliament for Wantage between 2005 and 2019. He served as the UK Government Culture and Digital Minister from 2010-16, and is the longest-serving Minister in that role.

Timandra Harkness

Timandra Harkness writes and presents BBC Radio 4 documentaries, including Divided Nation and Five Knots, and series FutureProofing and Steelmanning. Regular Radio and TV appearances to discuss current affairs, especially issues around technology, include Newsnight, Any Questions, Politics Live and Free Thinking.

Cressida Cowell

Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell MBE is the number one bestselling author-illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series. How to Train Your Dragon is also an award-winning DreamWorks film franchise.

Jackie Edwards

Jackie is Head of the BFI Young Audiences Content Fund, and is responsible for the successful implementation of this game-changing UK Government initiative to stimulate the provision of public service content for audiences of 0-18.

John Richmond

John Richmond has spent a lifetime working in education and television, both as a teacher and a Commissioning Editor for schools programming for Channel 4 television. He helped to set up the Children’s Television Trust International and was one of the organisers of the second ever global children’s media conference in London.

Dr Shelley Anne Galpin

Shelley Anne Galpin worked as a teacher in London for several years, before studying for her AHRC funded PhD at the University of York, where she researched the responses of teenage audiences to the period drama genre. This work will be published in her forthcoming book Teenage Audiences and British Period Drama.

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