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.

Catherine Gicheru

Catherine Gicheru

Catherine is an ICJF Fellow currently spearheading an African women journalists project investigating & reporting on Covid19. Previously the senior programme manager with Code for Africa's Academy and Communities initiative, she was the first woman bureau chief and first female news editor of the Nation Media Group & founding editor of the daily newspaper, The Star.

She is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, RIJ fellow at Oxford University & 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.

Mary Hockaday

Non-executive Director and Trustee

During 2021 Mary was interim director BBC World Service and before that was Controller, BBC World Service English. Previously, Mary was head of the BBC Newsroom, leading teams working on the biggest stories for UK and global audiences. She was keynote speaker at FNW2017 and joined the Advisory Board later that year.

Mary is a trustee and non-executive director with the Girls’ Day School Trust, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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. 

Ritu Kapur

Ritu Kapur

CEO , The Quint

Ritu Kapur is the co-founder and CEO of The Quint and a Board Member at Oxford University’s prestigious Reuters Institute Of Journalism as well as World Editor's Forum. She used to head Programming at History Channel, was Features Editor at CNN IBN, where she launched the popular CJ (Citizen Journalist) Show, among others. Ritu Kapur has been recognized by Outlook Business as "Woman of Worth 2017 - The Newsmaker".

FNW Advisory Board Member Rushati Mukherjee

Rushati Mukherjee

Rushati Mukherjee is a Producer with BBC Minute India, under BBC World Service. They have written for Feminism in India, The Hindu, Open Magazine, Outlook Magazine, Hindustan Times and Deccan Herald as a freelance art and culture journalist and worked as a Campus Reporter for The Telegraph. They also work as a translator and a poet, and they have been a part of internal Press Teams at some of the world's biggest literary events, including the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Photograph of Stephen Jukes

Stephen Jukes

Professor of Journalism, Bournemouth University

Stephen is Professor of Journalism in the School of Journalism, English & Communication at Bournemouth University. He previously worked as a foreign correspondent and editor for Reuters . 

His research focuses on objectivity and emotion in news with an emphasis on affect, trauma and conflict journalism. He works with the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change, chairs the Dart Centre for Journalism & Trauma in Europe and is a trustee of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting.