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President & VPs

Sir Martyn Lewis


Sir Martyn Lewis CBE - President

During 32 years as a television journalist Martyn anchored every mainstream national news programme on ITV & BBC TV, and now works extensively in the voluntary sector.
His other current charity roles include Chairman of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee and the DCMS Civil Society Implementation Group; President of United Response, Vice President of Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Hospice UK, EACH & Demelza House Children’s Hospice; Patron of the Patchwork Foundation and Dementia UK and Deputy Chair of the Lord Mayor of London’s Dragon Awards.  
He recently served 6 years as Chairman of NCVO, the main umbrella organization for the sector, during which he chaired an Inquiry into levels of senior executive pay in charities.
A long-time campaigner for "solutions-focused journalism", he remains Chair of NCVO’s “Constructive Voices” project, Patron of Positivenews.org.uk and a Director of IPSO (The Independent Press Standards Organisation).
In 2013 he returned to broadcasting to present a weekly interview programme called “Agenda” on “The Wireless”, a radio station for the over-50s” created by the charity Age UK.  His new company, YourBigDay Ltd, offers unique video “time-capsules” for every date and almost every year over the last century – culled from the Reuters and ITN archives, and delivered online. (www.yourbigday.tv). 
Martyn was awarded a CBE in 1997 and a knighthood in 2016 for services to the voluntary sector. 

Prof Nick Couldry


Prof Nick Couldry - Vice President

Nick Couldry is Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory in the Department of Media and Communications at The London School of Economics. 
As a sociologist of media and culture, he approaches media and communications from the perspective of the symbolic power that has been historically concentrated in media institutions. He is interested in how media and communications institutions and infrastructures contribute to various types of order (social, political, cultural, economic, ethical). 
His work has drawn on, and contributed to, social, spatial, democratic and cultural theory, anthropology, and media and communications ethics. His analysis of media as ‘practice’ has been widely influential. He is the author or editor of 11 books and many journal articles and book chapters. 

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