Patrick Swaffer (Chair)
Patrick Swaffer is President of the British Board of Film Classification, the independent non-statutory body which provides trusted classification for film and video. He also sits as a Recorder in the Crown Court and is a partner in Media Compliance Services. He was for more than 30 years a solicitor with the firm Goodman Derrick, specialising in media law and working principally with broadcasters and book publishers. He frequently advised such clients when disputes arose regarding contentious material both prior to and after publication. Patrick was also an IMPRESS board member from 2015 to February 2020.
Non-affiliated Member of the House of Lords, a barrister and Chartered Surveyor, and has an MA in Land Economy from Trinity College Cambridge. He was a Minister in John Major’s Government, serving as a Whip and Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords in 1995 and as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of National Heritage 1995-97 where he was responsible for broadcasting and heritage, and Minister for Tourism 1995-1997. He was Chairman of the CN Group, an independent local media business based in Carlisle 2002-2016 and between 2011-2014 he was Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications.
Independent writer, consultant on media leadership and innovation, and journalism instructor. She was a cofounder of LinkedIn's editorial team and led its global expansion across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia from 2012 to 2020. She received a Bachelor’s of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and worked as a reporter and editor at The Columbia Missourian (USA), The Cambodia Daily (Phnom Penh) and Le Figaro (Paris).
Deputy Editor of The Conversation UK, an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. Before joining The Conversation UK, Jo Adetunji worked as a reporter and editor at the Guardian, covering stories from UK knife crime to the Arab Spring. She was also associate editor of the Guardian's Public network, focused on the civil service. She has also written for The Times, The Independent and Telegraph newspapers.
Julius Weinberg is co-Chair of the Buckinghamshire Cultural Partnership and was Chair of Ofsted until August 2020. He was Vice Chancellor of Kingston University until 2017. He qualified in Medicine and trained first as an Infectious Disease Physician and then in Public Health. He also worked in Zimbabwe and in Bosnia for the World Health Organisation during the war. Following a move into Higher Education, he was at City University before moving to Kingston University in 2011. A serial consumer of distance education, he also has degrees in Art History, Education and Psychology.