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Brendan Barber

Brendan Barber is the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress.  He took up the post in 2003, becoming only the 9th person to hold the position since its introduction in 1922. In 1979, shortly the start of what journalists dubbed the ‘winter of discontent’ Barber was appointed head of the TUC’s press and information department and he dealt with the TUC’s relationship with the news media during the major industrial disputes of the 1980s.

Rodney Bickerstaffe

Rodney Bickerstaffe is a former general secretary of Unison (1995-2001) and national president of the UK National Pensionsers Convention (2001-5). He became an organiser for National Union of Public Employees in 1966 and was elected the union’s general secretary in 1981.

Christine Buckley

Christine Buckley is the editor of the National Union of Journalists’ magazine, The Journalist, and a former industrial editor of The Times.

Geoffrey Goodman

Geoffrey Goodman is a former industrial editor, assistant editor of columnist for the Daily Mirror.  Goodman delivered the very final vote of thanks on behalf of the press at the close of the 2008 Trades Union Congress in Brighton – a last hurrah on behalf of the Labour and Industrial Correspondents’ Group.

Peter Hitchens

Peter Hitchens is a columnist for the Mail on Sunday and has been described by The Guardian as the ‘Mail on Sunday’s fulminator-in-chief’.  Hitchens was a reporter for the Daily Express (1977-2000) and specialised in industrial and labour affairs and was subsequently appointed deputy political editor.

Fred Jarvis

Fred Jarvis is a former general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (1975-89) and president of the National Union of Students (1952-4).  Jarvis stages regular photographic exhibitions and has been dubbed the labour movement’s ‘very own paparazzo’.

Nicholas Jones

Nicholas Jones was labour correspondent for BBC radio news from 1978-88 and chairman of Labour and Industrial Correspondents’ Group 1987-8.  He is the author of Strikes and the Media (Basil Blackwell, 1986) and other books examining the relationship between politicians and the news media.

John Lloyd

John Lloyd is a contributing editor to the Financial Times and was previously labour editor.  Other posts have included spells as editor of Time Out and the New Statesman.  He is director of journalism at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

Kevin Maguire

Kevin Maguire is a former industrial correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and currently associate editor (politics) of the Daily Mirror.

John Mair

John Mair is events director for the Media Society and a council member and national judge for the Royal Television Society.  He is the inventor of the Coventry Conversations (2006-11) and winner of the Cecil Angel Cup for enhancing the reputation of Coventry University, 2009, 2010.

Jo Phillips

Jo Phillips is joint author of Why Join a Trade Union? (Biteback, 2010) and a broadcaster and former press secretary.

Paul Routledge

Paul Routledge is a columnist for the Daily Mirror and former labour of The Times. His many assignments included the 1984-5 miners’ strike.  A profile published in 1999 paid this tribute to him: ‘Born with coal dust in his navel, his victims now include two top ministers, a spin doctor and a PM’s piece of mind’. (Ian Aitken, New Statesman, 15.1.1999).

Alastair Stewart

Alastair Stewart is an ITV newscaster and a former industrial correspondent for ITN. In the 2010 UK general election, Stewart moderated the first televised leaders’ debate between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

David Walter

David Walter is president of the Media Society and a former political correspondent for ITN, Channel Four News and the BBC.  He has worked as a speech writer for Paddy Ashdown, Charles Kennedy and Sir Menzies Campbell.

Mark Webster

Mark Webster is a former business and economics editor of ITN.  In 2007 he was appointed senior media spokesperson for Menzies Campbell, leader of the Liberal Democrats.

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