Each Autumn Polis invites media practitioners to discuss the latest trends as part of our Media and Communications in Action series.

The talks take place Tuesdays 5-6pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE. They are open to LSE students and the public, no registration or ticket required.


Tuesday 26 September

Mary Hockaday, Controller at BBC World Service

Public media in an age of distrust and disinformation

Mary Hockaday became Controller, BBC World Service English in October 2014. In a distinguished career at the BBC she has led global and UK radio, television and digital journalism teams. As Head of the BBC Newsroom Mary led the migration of radio, television and digital teams to New Broadcasting House and Salford. Areas under her leadership included the BBC News at Six and Ten, the BBC News Channel, the BBC Radio Newsroom and the BBC News website.

Mary championed the BBC’s digital and mobile strategy for News supporting innovation with an emphasis on new platforms. As Controller BBC World Service English she is driving a radio and digital strategy forward to reach new audiences, hungry for impartial, contemporary, global journalism.


Tuesday 3 October

Deborah Mattinson, Founder of Britain Thinks

Understanding the public

Deborah has more than twenty five years’ experience of providing clients with research based strategic advice. In that time she has worked with global businesses, major charities, international governments and senior politicians.

Before co-founding research and strategy consultancy BritainThinks, Deborah was pollster to Gordon Brown, firstly as Chancellor of the Exchequer, then as Prime Minister.

One of Britain’s leading commentators on public opinion, Deborah frequently writes and broadcasts about the mood of the nation. In 2010, she published Talking to a Brick Wall – the story of the New Labour years through the eyes of the voter.

Deborah is also Chair of Young Women’s Trust, a charity that supports and represents young women in Britain living on low pay or no pay.


Tuesday 10 October

CJ Fahey, General Manager of Viceland

Why did VICE start a TV channel?  

CJ Fahey is General Manager, VICELAND, EMEA & APAC, responsible for the TV network’s creative and strategic development, as well as overseeing all output across linear, mobile and multi-platform offerings. Having joined VICE in 2014, CJ was integral to the launch of VICELAND in the US, working alongside co-Presidents Eddy Moretti and Spike Jonze, on the development and production of the channel’s award-winning content slate as well as channel branding.

Prior to VICE, CJ worked on corporate strategy and business development at Fox Networks Group, as well as Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels in Rome, Italy, having focused on programming and international channel launches.


Tuesday 17 October

Swarzy Macaly, Adrianne McKenzie, Nendie Pinto-Dutchinsky

On the Ground at Grenfell

A film by Grenfell survivors, local residents and volunteers.

Swarzy Macaly, Activist, Presenter at Kiss FM

The Grenfell Tower fire occurred on 14 June 2017 at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block of public housing flats in West London.  It caused at least 80 deaths and over 70 injuries. A definitive death toll is not expected until at least 2018.

It’s been nearly 2 months since the Grenfell Tower fire. In this time 9 survivors, local residents and volunteers have felt compelled to make a film to dispel the public’s fear from the Lancaster West community and reveal the deep impact this has had on them as people.

Adrianne McKenzie, photographer, filmmaker

‘The survivors are not statistics they are humans beings’, says Adrianne McKenzie, one of the film-makers who has been struck by the way the survivors are seen in terms of ‘what they can be given … not as people’. Film-maker and youth worker Nendie Pinto-Duschinsky supported the team of young film-makers and describes the film as ‘harrowing to make’ but the ‘articulacy, dignity and insight of the young people will change perceptions’. Young people lost their lives on the night running into the building to save people.

Nendie Pinto-Dutchinsky, artist, filmmaker

We hope the film will transform the way the community are seen from ‘angry and un-relatable’ to the truth that they are ‘coping with their suffering by trying to help other people’. Their humanity and morality is the clear message.




Tuesday 24 October

Philip Collins, Leader Writer at The Times

Philip Collins is a columnist and leader writer for The Times. He is also chairman of the board of trustees at the independent think tank Demos. Before joining The Times he was the chief speech writer for the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, the director of the Social Market Foundation think tank, and an equity strategist at two investment banks.


Tuesday 7 November

Bieneosa Ebite, Senior PR Manager

Bieneosa has been working in the PR industry for over 12 years. She spent four years working as a Regional Communications Manager at McDonald’s Restaurants where she was part of an award-winning team that contributed to the revitalisation of the brand by developing and sharing McDonald’s story of change.

Bieneosa launched Bright Star Public Relations in 2007, and has since worked on a number of campaigns for organisations including the Home Office, Thomas Eggar LLP, the Big Lottery Fund and Costa Coffee. The consultancy also provides strategic counsel to organisations seeking to engage with the UK’s growing multicultural communities. Bieneosa is an advocate for diversity in PR and is the Chairperson for Ignite, a network to drive forward the benefits of cultural diversity in PR. Bieneosa sat on the steering board for the groundbreaking research, published in 2010, that explored the experiences of BME practitioners working in PR.


Tuesday 14 November

Jon Steinberg, Public Policy Manager at Google

Jon is Public Policy Manager, EMEA at Google where he works on economic issues across Europe, demonstrating the economic impact of the Internet and building support for entrepreneurs and scale-ups across the region. He serves on a number of advisory boards including the Camden Business Board and the Knowledge Quarter. Before moving to London, Jon served as Deputy Communications Director for US Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and on political campaigns including John Kerry’s 2004 run for US President and Hillary Clinton’s first campaign for US Senate.


Tuesday 21 November

Gemma Gillie, Media Manager at Médecins Sans Frontières

Gemma Gillie is the Head of Medecins Sans Frontieres UK (MSF) Press and Documentaries Team and part of MSF’s Emergency Communications Pool, often requiring travel at short notice for one or two months at a time. She has led communications in various humanitarian crises all over the world including; Ebola (Liberia); Nepal after the earthquake; Greece, France and Belgrade for the migrants response; South Sudan and has recently returned from spending two months on board one of MSF’s Search and Rescue vessels in the Mediterranean.


Tuesday 28 Nov