Our team

Our work is driven by our staff, journalist volunteers, trustees and advisory board members.

Solomon Elliott


Solomon is The Student View’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Introduced to Stephen Brookfield’s “pupil lens” during a teacher training session, Solomon began mind-mapping for a pupil-led publication where his students and the students of his friends could share their world through words.

He is a Teach First 2014 English Ambassador. Solomon grew up in Mitcham, south London and outside of work enjoys playing football having achieved two Full Blues during his time at Cambridge, where he studied History.

Robin Brinkworth

Programme Manager

Robin is Programme Manager at The Student View, keeping things ticking over while also delivering our workshops in schools.

In 2017, he graduated from Edinburgh, winning Student Journalist of the Year at Mind Media Awards 2017 for creating the world’s first student mental health university ranking.

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Grace Holliday

Digital Platforms Editor

As Digital Platforms Editor, Grace manages The Student View's presence online, from our website to our social media platforms. Grace is a freelance journalist who has written for The Guardian, Independent, Telegraph, Huffington Post, Metro, Grazia, Cosmo, Glamour, Prospect, Buzzfeed, Gal-dem and various others. Her speciality is social, political, and identity issues.

She is an Associate Lecturer of Journalism at Sheffield College and a volunteer English tutor at Community Leeds After School Study Support (CLASSS). Grace is a Scott Trust Bursary Alumni who holds a Journalism MA and NCTJ (gold standard) qualification from the University of Sheffield. A proud northerner, she is based in Leeds.

Alan Rusbridger


Before taking up his current role of Principal at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, Alan was editor-in-chief of Guardian News and Media for 20 years. Rusbridger launched Guardian Unlimited, now guardian.com, which draws in over 100 million unique browsers a month and has repeatedly been voted the best newspaper website in the world.

Rusbridger has been named editor of the year 3 times and has won the Liberty Human Rights Award, the European Press Prize and the Ortega y Gasset award.


Jo Binding

Chair of Trustees

Jo is a strategy consultant who works with companies and charities to help them define and deliver ambitious growth plans or restructure.

She spent many years working in fast-growth organisations in the media and digital sectors including at Sky, News International, BT Sport, Discovery and Man City FC. More recently she has advised a variety of companies on strategy development, digital transformation, restructuring and consumer-led product development processes.

She is also a Non-Executive Director and Trustee for Exeter University and for the National Union of Students.

David Clark


David is CFO at Publicis Europe.

Professor Angela Phillips


Angela teaches journalism and journalism studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. She established the MA Journalism, MA Digital Journalism and initiated the joint honours BA Journalism in conjunction with the Department of Computing, as well as convening all other undergraduate journalism courses.

​She has been a journalist for over forty years, starting in the alternative and feminist press of the 1970s and moving on to work for national newspapers, magazines, television and radio. Angela is the chair of the Ethics Committee of the Coordinating Committee for Media Reform. She gave evidence to the Leveson enquiry into the press.

Basia Cummings


Basia is an editor at Tortoise Media, and was previously at HuffPost and Guardian.

Geraldine Sharpe - Newton


Geraldine has been head of communications for three of the world's major news organisations, CBS News, ITN, and CNN International. Geraldine was President of The Media Society, and now is a specialist business Mentor for The Prince's Trust, on the Advisory Board of The Global Thinkers Forum, an Associate for Editorial Intelligence and has been named as the Chairman of Ei’s Comment Awards. She is also a Critical Eye Associate and was latterly UK chair of the International Women's Forum.

James Burrows


Investment Director at Big Society Capital, James previously worked at Accenture.

Marverine Cole


Marverine is the course director of undergraduate journalism at Birmingham City University, freelance presenting work

External Advisors

Richard Sambrook

Advisory board member

Richard Sambrook is a Senior Research Associate at the Reuters Institute and Professor of Journalism, Deputy Head of School and Director of the Centre for Journalism at Cardiff University.

He was Director of the BBC's Global News division, responsible for leading the BBC's international news services across radio, television and new media.

Previously as Director of BBC News from 2001 to 2004, Richard led the world’s biggest broadcast news operation. He was instrumental in establishing the BBC's 24 hour news channels and internet sites, live satellite newsgathering and broadcasting and the BBC’s extensive network of overseas bureaux.

Lord Hastings CBE

Advisory board member

Lord Hastings is KPMG’s Global Head of Citizenship and Diversity. He was previously the BBC’s first Head of Corporate Social Responsibility. Michael is a non-executive Director of BT (on the Board for Responsible and Sustainable Business) and a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation. He represents KPMG International on the Global Corporate Citizenship International Committee of the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development. In 2009 he became a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Diversity and Talent.

In 2005, Michael was awarded the honour of an independent peerage to the House of Lords by Her Majesty The Queen. Michael serves as a member of the Communications Select Committee. He has received the UNICEF award for his ‘outstanding contribution to understanding and effecting solutions for Africa’s children’.

Dame Linda Dobbs DBE

Advisory board member

In October 2004, Dame Linda became the first non-white high court judge in the UK, having been appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 2003. She stepped down early in 2013 to pursue other interests. At the Bar, she was a member of and chaired a number of committees, including the Race Relations, Equal Opportunities, International, Professional Conduct and Professional Standard Committees. In 2003 she became the Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association where she set up its first Equality and Diversity sub-committee. Whilst on the High Court Bench she was the Senior Liaison Judge for Diversity, Chair of the Magisterial Committee of the Judicial Studies Board and Chair of the International Committee of the Judicial College and a Fawcett Commissioner.

Dame Linda holds 5 honorary doctorates. She is the Interim President of ILFA (International Lawyers for Africa). She has been named in the past as one of Britain’s most powerful black women and one of the 100 Great Black Britons and has featured regularly in the Power 100 List of Influential Black Britons. She continues to mentor and support many young people from BAME backgrounds.

Anna Bateson

Advisory board member

Anna is The Guardian’s first Chief Customer Officer. Anna is responsible for the Guardian’s membership, subscription and contributions programmes, partnerships with technology businesses including Google and Facebook, syndication and licensing, and other consumer revenues including the Guardian’s live events. She also oversees the Guardian brand and all Guardian marketing.

Anna was appointed VP for Platforms and Partnerships for GNM in December 2016 - managing global relationships with digital technology partners including Google and Facebook and pioneering the Guardian’s commercial video strategy in partnership with editorial and digital teams.

Jon Slade

Advisory board member

Jon is the Financial Times’ Chief Commercial Officer. In his role, Jon oversees the FT’s subscriptions business, global advertising sales operations, print and digital consumer marketing, customer services and business development, as well as the FT’s Specialist division.

Ije Nwokorie

Advisory board member

A former global CEO for Wolff Olins, Ije now works as a Senior Director at Apple Retail.

Ije is active in public life in both Africa and the UK; he’s a trustee of both Charity Water and Malaria No More UK, and in 2016 was named by Creative Review as one of the UK’s top 50 creative leaders and by GQ as one of the UK’s 100 most connected men.

James Mawson

Advisory board member

James is the founder and CEO of Global Corporate Venturing (GCV). James was the editor of Private Equity News, part of Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal in London, for nearly four years until May 2010 when he launched GCV as an independent title from his own publishing company. This was followed by the launch of the second publication, Global University Venturing, in January 2012. Mawsonia's third title, Global Government Venturing, was launched in May 2014.

Previously, James had freelanced for a host of national and trade media titles, including the BBC, Financial Times, Economist, Independent on Sunday, Sunday Express and Dow Jones Newswires; provided research for Nick Davies's book, Flat Earth News; was a foreign correspondent in central and eastern Europe; and was international editor for FT Business.

Abbie Scott

Advisory board member

Abbie Scott is deputy managing editor of the Financial Times. In 2018, Abbie was awarded the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award at the National Council for the Training of Journalists Awards for Excellence in Journalism.