Brian Morris

In a distinguished career as reporter, presenter and senior producer, Brian Morris worked for the BBC, Granada, the Sunday Times and the Economist. He made the first TV documentary exposing the Militant Tendency in Liverpool and won a BAFTA for his ITV series on jobs and training.

He has taught media skills for over 15 years and was formerly an associate tutor for what is now the national College of Policing, working for the UK police in Northern Ireland, Bahrain and Qatar. His current clients include Siemens, The Co-op and Lancashire County Council.

Jim Hancock

Jim Hancock is probably the best-informed political journalist in the North West having interviewed all the key figures in British politics over the last forty years. He was a Westminster correspondent during the Falklands War, interviewing Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street and getting the exclusive story from John Major that divisions in the Tory Party were so great he would not go the country in 1996

Jim continues to broadcast on BBC TV and radio and write for magazines, while also blogging on politics. He is in demand as a media trainer and conference host. He chairs award ceremonies and conferences on subjects ranging from HS2 to an international summit on drugs at Alderley Park.

Jim writes a regular political blog at

Mark Dowd

Mark Dowd has worked on a number of major ITV and BBC current affairs programmes as producer and director, including Weekend World, Newsnight, On The Record and Panorama. He has briefed presenters such as David and Jonathan Dimbleby, often preparing them for high profile interviews with government ministers.

In 2000, he went freelance and began to present a series of award-winning documentaries for Channel Four on religious themes, including the much-acclaimed “Tsunami:Where Was God?” which won the Radio Times readers’ best documentary award.

He continues to work for BBC radio, presenting programmes for Radio 4 and the World Service, as well as being interviewed on topics such as religion, football and climate change. In 2017 Mark's autobiographical book "Queer and Catholic: A life of contradiction" was published.

Jess Forbes

Jess Forbes is Senior Broadcast Journalist at Global Radio, with over ten years’ experience within the radio Industry.

She works as a regional reporter for LBC and a presenter of Heart and Smooth FM weekly bulletins, and Heart North West’s daily, 12 minute nightly news programme.

Jess has wealth of experience in covering some of the UK’s biggest stories from the General Election, flooding and Hillsborough, to the Manchester and London terror attacks.

Last year Jess and her team were highly commended in the 02 Radio Awards for a report on the Manchester Arena terror attack.

Simon Reynolds

Simon Reynolds has an award-winning record in journalism, holding senior editorial posts at the Lancashire Evening Post, Liverpool Daily Post and Edinburgh Evening News after starting as a reporter for the Daily Mail. Stories he has covered include the Hillsborough disaster and the Dunblane massacre.

He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire in 2009 for outstanding achievements in communications and journalism in the North West. He is currently Communications and Customer Relations Manager for a local authority.

Des Glancy

Des Glancy is a former BBC TV Producer / Director, working in news, current affairs, documentaries, politics and sport. At the BBC he directed the TV coverage of a number of high profile funerals, including that of Sir Matt Busby, becoming known as ‘the funeral director’, a particularly apt title in view of his Data TV work for the Co-op’s Funeralcare business.

He now runs a video production company in South Manchester and is the cameraman and technical director for Data TV media training.