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 in 2014, 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 an external member of the BBC’s Diversity & Inclusion Group and earlier this year was listed as one of Europe’s brightest entrepreneurs in the 2020 Forbes 30 under 30, Media and Marketing list. He is also Teach First 2014 English Ambassador and a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

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.

Caitlin Webb

Caitlin Webb

Community Editor

Caitlin is a journalist with experience in newspapers and radio. She worked in local news organisations for more than five years.

Her last position in journalism was as the UK’s first Local Democracy Reporter. She worked with BBC Radio Kent and made an appearance on the BBC Radio 4 Media Show.

Caitlin has also worked in Europe as a communications specialist in Brussels and Luxembourg and speaks three languages, including French and Spanish.

When she’s not working, she plays rugby as a prop, kayaks and paints.

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 has spent many years working in digital media including at Sky, News International, BT Sport, Discovery and Man City FC. More recently she has advised a variety of companies and charities on strategy development and turnarounds.

She is also a Non-Executive Director for the University of Exeter.

David Clark


David Clark is the treasurer for The Student View. He is a chartered Accountant with extensive media and advertising experience based in multiple countries over the last 20 years. He is currently the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) CFO at Publicis One.

Basia Cummings

Basia Cummings


Basia is an Editor at Tortoise, working on news and investigations. She is also the host of Tortoise’s weekly slow news podcast. Before joining Tortoise, Basia was news editor of HuffPost UK, and an international news editor at The Guardian.

James Burrows


James is a Senior Investment Director at Big Society Capital. He is part of the team looking at ways social investment can play a role to support and strengthen communities to improve lives.

Marverine Cole


Marverine Cole is a radio and television presenter and news reporter from Birmingham and course director of undergraduate journalism at Birmingham City University. She was awarded an award for Journalist of the Year at the BUPA Mind Media Awards in 2019 for her BBC Radio 4 documentary ‘Black Girls Don’t Cry’.

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.

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.