Future News Worldwide is supported by an Advisory Board of media experts

Mark Wood

Mark Wood

Chair, Future News Worldwide Advisory Board

Mark was Editor-in-Chief of Reuters for 11 years, during which time he launched Reuters TV and developed domestic news services in more than a dozen countries around the world. He was subsequently Chief executive of ITN then CEO of Future Plc, a UK-US magazine publisher, and Zinc Media, a UK current affairs TV programme maker.

As a Reuters foreign correspondent Mark was based for many years in Moscow, Berlin and Vienna. He is currently Chairman of Nominet and three media and tech start-ups.

Simon Robinson

Simon Robinson

Regional Editor for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Reuters

Simon is Regional Editor for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Reuters. He directs reporting and oversees budget, strategy, and security issues. He joined Reuters in 2010 as part of the investigations and enterprise team, editing multiple award-winning series including two Pulitzer finalists.

Between 1995 and 2010 he worked for Time, reporting from more than 50 countries. He has published short stories, and wrote and produced an award-winning satirical movie about aid workers and journalists.

Tom Thomson

Trustee, British Council

Tom is a trustee of the British Council and represents the organisation's Board of Trustees on the Future News Worldwide programme, which he helped found.

He chairs the British Council’s Risk Committee and is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee. He had a long career in the international and Scottish media as a foreign correspondent and editor. He is currently involved in various business ventures.

Catherine Gicheru

Catherine Gicheru

Catherine is an International Center for Journalists Fellow and country lead for Code for Kenya, a data journalism, civic technology initiative which is part of Code for Africa. She was the first woman bureau chief and first female news editor of the Nation Media Group in the region and the founding editor of the daily newspaper, The Star.

She is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, a Reuters Institute Journalism fellow at Oxford University and a 1992 IWMF Courage in Journalism award winner.

David Milne

David Milne

Head of Digital Publishing, STV

As Head of Digital Publishing at STV, Scotland’s leading digital media brand, David is responsible for STV’s digital publishing portfolio, including one of the country’s most popular news sites.

Previous roles include Digital Editor at the Herald & Times Group, where he planned and launched heraldscotland.com, and Deputy Editor of the Sunday Herald. 

He has been involved with FNW from its launch in 2014 and is passionate about the power journalism holds to change the world one story at a time.

Donald Martin

Donald Martin

Editor-in-Chief, Newsquest Scotland

Donald is an Award-winning Editor with more than 25 years' experience editing National, Regional, Sunday, Daily and Weekly titles across the UK. Currently Editor of The Herald and the Evening Times and Editor-in-Chief at Newsquest Scotland, he oversees a portfolio of 26 Scottish titles.

Donald also serves on the UK boards of the Society of Editors and the National Council for Training of Journalists. He is the Scottish media representative on the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

Greg Beitchman

Greg Beitchman

Vice President, Content Sales and Partnerships, CNN International

Greg is responsible for overseeing and developing the network’s content sales business internationally, with a focus on the publishing and distribution of its broadcast and digital assets. He manages CNN’s NewSource content syndication service and its international affiliate business of more than 1,100 broadcast partners.

Prior this he was a Senior Editor and Commercial Executive at Reuters, and held a range of international editorial postings in Brussels, India, China and Japan among others. 

Karen Cunningham

Now working freelance, Karen was the founder and director of Future NEWS (2014-16) which was developed for the cultural programme of The Commonwealth Games in 2014. She was founder and director of Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival from 2004-2014, whilst Head of Libraries, Information and Learning in the city.

She was director of the inaugural Scottish Festival of Architecture and is currently curating the Shetland Wordplay festival.

Mary Hockaday

Controller, BBC World Service English

Mary is responsible for the BBC’s radio and digital audio services in English for global audiences and has seen this audience grow from 40 million to 75 million people weekly around the world.

Previously, Mary was head of the BBC Newsroom, leading TV, radio and online teams working on the biggest news stories for UK and global audiences. She was keynot speaker at FNW2017 and joined the Advisory Board later that year.

Matt Cooke

Matt Cooke

Head of Partnerships & Training, Google News Lab

Google News Lab is a global team dedicated to working with journalists to provide training, collaborate on industry challenges and support innovation in the newsroom. The News Lab forms part of the Google News Initiative, an effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age.

Before joining Google Matt was a reporter and producer at BBC News where he covered a range of stories including London's preparations for the Olympics, home affairs and multiple elections.