Don McCullin CBE - Award Winning Photographer and Photojournalist

Don McCullin CBE

Don is one of the world's most recognised photojournalists and started his career as an aerial photographer for the RAF whilst on national service. From 1964 to 1984 he covered battlefields in Cyprus, the Congo, Biafra, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, El Salvador, and the Middle East, becoming one of history's great war photographers.

Don's work now focuses on landscapes in Britain and India, as well as the African continent. The winner of numerous awards, including two Premier Awards from the World Press Photo, in 1992 he became the only photojournalist to be made Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

In 2006, Don received the Cornell Capa Award by the International Center for Photography in New York for his lifetime contribution to photography

Aaqil Ahmed - Head of Religion & Ethics and Head of Commissioning Religion TV, BBC

Aaqil Ahmed

Aaqil Ahmed is Head of Commissioning – Religion TV and Head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC since 2009. He is also a Professor in Professional Practice at Middlesex University.

Aaqil joined the BBC from Channel 4 where for more than six years he was Commissioning Editor for Religion and Head of Multicultural Programming.

From 2000 to 2003 Aaqil was employed by the BBC's Religion and Ethics department as Deputy Editor of Documentaries, where he worked on a number of projects. He has directed and produced numerous programmes, one-off documentaries and news event specials for the BBC.

Aaqil has a keen interest in photography having studied the subject at the University of Westminster.

Revd. Dr David Cornick - General Secretary of Churches Together in England

Revd. Dr David Cornick

The Revd. Dr David Cornick has been General Secretary of Churches Together in England since 2008.

Churches Together in England is the national body set up by the churches in 1990, and has partner bodies in Scotland, Wales and Ireland and has 32 Member Churches or Councils of Churches and 27 Bodies in Association at a national level.

David is a United Reformed Church minister and before his current appointment, served the United Reformed Church as General Secretary for seven years. Prior to that, David worked in theological education and is a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge.

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Paresh Solanki - International Award Winning Producer

Paresh Solanki

Paresh Solanki is a specialist on social innovation projects via the application of media ideas and technology. His projects have won a diverse range of awards in the field of television documentaries and features; events production; design; community relations, and talent development. 

Parish was a senior executive at the BBC where he held a number of respected roles including Executive Producer, Editor of BBC Asian programmes and Managing Editor for BBC Birmingham. After leaving the BBC, he worked with the Council of Europe as a Media Expert. He became Assistant Director of the Inter Faith Network for the UK where he helped create the national Inter Faith Week. Paresh currently works with various NGOSs, private and public sector organisations providing expertise in developing all aspects of development from fund raising to communications and marketing.

Paresh is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society (RTS) and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Development. He is a Trustee of the Media Diversity Institute and the Sanford St Martin Trust Awards for religious broadcasting. Paresh is a member of BAFTA, RTS and the British Psychological Society.


Hazel Thompson - Award Winning British Photojournalist

Hazel Thompson

In the last decade, Hazel has taken up assignments worldwide in over 40 countries for media organisations such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Stern Magazine, ABC News, Vogue, FIVE News, The Sunday Times, Observer Magazine, Le Monde 2 and Politiken.

Hazel applies her skill, and her passion, to photograph and film injustice and prejudice; telling powerful stories and creating global awareness around social and humanitarian issues.

Hazel has also been engaged by The British Council to represent the best of British Photojournalism as an arts ambassador to Burma, Uzbekistan, Denmark and Vietnam. This relationship evolved into a commission for her to document the role of women in Qatar and Bahrain as part of an international arts project called ‘My Father’s House’ which toured the Gulf and UK.

Hazel is also a highly acclaimed speaker, workshop facilitator and judge for a wide variety of conferences, festivals and competitions around the world.

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Stuart Young - Congregational & General Insurance

Stuart Young

Stuart is a Non-Executive Director of Congregational & General Insurance. 

Stuart is a keen amateur photographer and has an interest in the Arts. He is actively involved with his local church, where he keenly supports charitable and community work.

This includes being a Youth Leader, Church Secretary and Elder for over 25 years, as well as now working with the local district committee of Christian Aid.