Former journalist and businesswoman Baroness Wheatcroft graduated from the University of Birmingham with an LLB Law degree and went on to work on several national newspapers, most recently as the Editor-in-Chief at Wall Street Journal Europe. A prize winning reporter, winner of the Wincott Award for Senior Financial Journalism and London Press Club Business Journalist of the Year, Baroness Wheatcroft launched Retail Week, a specialist trade magazine in 1988, and is a former Business Editor of The Times and a former Sunday Telegraph Editor.
She is a Conservative life peer and a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation. She is also on the Board of St James’s Place plc and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and is Deputy Chairman of the British Museum.
Ian Hargreaves is Professor Emeritus at the Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Culture. He is also a board member of the BBC. Prior to his Emeritus appointment in January 2019, he was Professor of Digital Economy at Cardiff University.
Ian is a former Editor of the Independent and the New Statesman. He also served as Deputy Editor of the FT during a 15-year FT career and as Director BBC News and Current Affairs. He was a founding member of the board of Ofcom, the communications and media regulator. In 2010/11 he led a review of intellectual property issues for the coalition government led by David Cameron.
He was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2012 for services to the creative economy and higher education. He is a board member of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff and of National Theatre Wales.
John Ridding is the CEO of FT Group, a role he has held since 2006. Under his stewardship the FT has expanded its global operation, successfully scaled and transformed its core business and acquired a number of companies that support its multichannel strategy including Alpha Grid, Money-Media, Medley Global Advisors, Exec-Appointments and Assanka, renamed FT Labs.
During his more than 25 years at the FT, John has served as managing editor, deputy editor, companies reporter, Paris correspondent and Korea correspondent.
Before joining the FT, John worked at Oxford Analytica, heading the economics and Asia Pacific desks.
John is a non-executive director of The Economist and sits on the board of Bonnier Business Press, part of the international media conglomerate Bonnier AB. He is also a member of the Global Board and Chairman of the UK Advisory Board of Room to Read, a charity that supports education and literacy in developing countries.