Jim Hancock

Jim Hancock was Political Editor of both Granada TV and BBC North West. He is now busy hosting conferences, doing media training for Data TV and providing political commentary. He forecast the UK would vote to leave the EU three years before the referendum.

The impressive list of companies that he has done media training for with the Data TV team include Siemens, Lancashire and Manchester City Councils, the NHS and organisations involved in health devolution in Greater Manchester, the Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the Beatles Story international tourist attraction in Liverpool.

Jim continues to broadcast including an appearance on BBC 1’s One Show during the General Election.

Jim hosts evenings for the Royal Television Society in the North West. Recent guests have been Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark, Today presenter Nick Robinson and Channel Four’s Michael Crick.

As Political Editor of Downtown in Business, Jim writes a weekly blog for their website and hosts many of the company’s events.

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.

Terry Scaife

Terry Scaife is a former Police Superintendent and was the lead tutor at the National Police Staff College for many years where he delivered media skills and media strategy training for senior police and press officers from across the UK.

Since leaving the police in 2013 he has worked in Kabul, Afghanistan as a Social Media and Crisis Communications expert for the EUPOL police mission and as a Strategic Communications Consultant advising Ministers and Generals at the Ministry of the Interior in Kabul.

Terry also now works as a private consultant and as an Associate Tutor with the UK College of Policing where he has delivered senior leadership and strategic communications training in Peru, Qatar, Morocco, Kenya, Ukraine and in the UK.

Terry has coached and mentored several Heads of European Missions in how to respond in times of crisis which has included advising on many major, critical and terrorist attacks.

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.