VLV People

President - Dame Colette Bowe


Dame Colette Bowe became VLV's President in April 2015.

She said, "I am honoured to be asked to follow in Jocelyn's footsteps, especially at a time when the future of public service broadcasting will, rightly, be the subject of intense debate."

Colette Bowe is chairman of the Banking Standards Board. She was previously Chairman of Ofcom, from 2009–14, and chaired its Consumer Panel from 2003–2007. She has worked in Whitehall and the City and has sat on a number of boards in the private and public sectors. In the mid 1980s, she worked at the Independent Broadcasting Authority. 


VLV Board of Trustees

Colin Browne - Chairman

Colin Browne has wide experience of broadcasting and the media.  He has been Chairman of VLV since 2012. Colin was Director, Corporate Affairs at the BBC from 1994 -2000, having previously been Director, Corporate Relations at BT.  From 2000 - 2009 he was a partner and senior consultant at Maitland, one of the UK’s leading financial and corporate communications consultancies.  He currently has his own company providing strategic communications advice and is a non-executive director of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).


Peter Gordon -  Honorary Treasurer

Peter Gordon is an avid consumer of quality radio and television and a passionate believer in the importance of public service broadcasting. He took early retirement after a career in the rail industry but is still involved in a number of organisations including chairing the Transport Statistics Users Group and editing the Transport Economist magazine.



Mary Dixon - Honorary Secretary


Mary Dixon is a former civil servant with a keen interest in broadcasting issues and is a supporter of public service broadcasting. She was an early member of the VLV and believes strongly in the importance of its work.



Alan Barlow

Alan Barlow is formerly a CEO of a private equity owned multinational engineering group, Director FTSE 100/NYSE listed energy group, and Partner PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He is a trustee of Integrity Action.

A speaker at conferences, seminars and executive education on leadership and integrity: "Crafting a Responsible business: A CEO’s experience”. Alan is also the author of Profiting from Integrity: How CEO’s can deliver superior profitability and be relevant to society.


Professor Robert Beveridge

Robert is the VLV Trustee for Scotland. A native of Edinburgh, he is Professor of Media Policy and Regulation at the University of Sassari in Sardinia and divides his time between Italy and the UK.  He organised and chaired many Scottish VLV conferences which brought together broadcasters, regulators, students and civic society to discuss issues for broadcasting in and for Scotland. In 2007, he became a member of the BBC Trust Audience Council, Scotland and relinquished his seat on the VLV Board. Robert has given oral and written evidence to parliamentary committees in Edinburgh and London and has often been called upon to contribute to broadcasting and media industry conferences. He is committed to ensuring the right balance between accountability and independence for the media.

Cheryl Campbell

Cheryl Campbell is Executive Director of charity Television for the Environment which works with filmmakers and partners around the world to make and distribute films that put the environment and sustainability on the global agenda. Cheryl is a former senior reporter with UK breakfast television channel TV-am and has spent more than 20 years working for UK charities focusing on the environment and development. Cheryl trained as a journalist on the Lancashire Evening Post newspaper in Preston, Lancashire, and then worked for BBC Radio as a reporter and newsreader before moving to UK regional television. Cheryl spent four years as a senior reporter and newsreader for TV-am before moving to one of the UK’s leading aid agencies, Christian Aid. As head of public communications and then head of the broadcasting, digital and publishing division, Cheryl played a significant role in developing Christian Aid’s innovative approach to communicating development to mainstream audiences, putting the developing world on UK television against prevailing trends. In 2003 Cheryl moved to tve where she leads the charity’s output and works with the Board of Trustees to develop and implement strategy. Cheryl read Classics and Egyptology at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Professor Sylvia Harvey, FRSA

Sylvia is an academic and longstanding member of the VLV. She is currently Visiting Professor in Broadcasting Policy at the University of Leeds and taught film and media studies at a number of British universities, specialising in public policy and national identity at the AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies. She has advised the Arts Council, the British Film Institute and Sheffield City Council, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Trustee of th e Showroom Cinema and a founder member of Doc/Fest. In 2009-10 she chaired the Citizens’ Coalition for Public Service Broadcasting. She has submitted evidence to a variety of public bodies including Parliamentary Select Committees, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the BFI and Ofcom.  

Maria Michalis 

Maria Michalis is Reader in Communication Policy at the University of Westminster. She has a background in political science and international relations and has a PhD in Communication Policy. Her research interests are in the field of communication policy and regulation. She is expert on European Union policy and has represented VLV in work with the European Alliance of Listeners' and Viewers' Associations (EURALVA) for a number of years. Her current research includes public service media; internet regulation; and the interplay between the technological convergence of television and telecommunications/internet, policy and business models. She was Secretary General (elect) of the International Association for Media and Communication Research between 2012 and 2016. She is currently working on the EU Horizon 2020 project netCommons: Network Infrastructure as Commons, http://netcommons.eu/.

She is author of Governing European Communications(Lexington, 2007) and numerous book chapters and academic articles in journals such as Media, Culture and Society; European Journal of Communication; International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics; Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies; Review of International Political Economy; Gazette: The International Journal for Communication Studies and Telecommunications Policy.

Jeanette Steemers

Professor Jeanette Steemers is Professor of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London. A graduate in German and Russian at the University of Bath, she completed her PhD on public service broadcasting in West Germany in 1990. After working for research company, CIT Research, and international television distributor HIT Entertainment, she rejoined academia in 1993. Her book publications include Changing Channels: The Prospects for Television in a Digital World (1998), Selling Television: British Television in the Global Marketplace (2004), European Television Industries (20 05 with P. Iosifidis and M. Wheeler), Creating Preschool Television (2010), The Media and the State (2016 with T. Flew and P. Iosifidis), European Media in Crisis (2015  with J. Trappel and B. Thomass) and Children’s TV and Digital Media in the Arab World (2017 with Naomi Sakr). She has published widely on UK television exports, European public service broadcasting and the children’s media industry. Her work has been funded by the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.  

Bob Usherwood

Bob Usherwood is Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield. He first joined VLV in the early 1990s.Following retirement he became a member of the VLV Board and with Sheffield VLV colleagues Sylvia Harvey and the late David Eggington helped to organise events in the area. At Sheffield Bob was Professor of Librarianship in what was then the Department of Information Studies.  Bob says, ‘My research and teaching indicates that those interested in public libraries have much in common with those concerned about public service broadcasting. On a personal note I learnt to value public service broadcasting when growing up in a working class community in London’s East End. There weekly visits to the local public library and regular access to the BBC, which, at that time, radiated public service values, educated me and provided a foundation for my future career.  The Voice of the Listener & Viewer helps this country maintain high quality public service broadcasting that educates, informs and entertains. This is crucial work in an age of misinformation and post –truth politics and if elected I would, to the best of my ability, continue to serve VLV and promote its value and values.’ 

Anthony Wills  

Anthony Wills studied at Kings College London and Leeds College of Music. He joined the BBC from the Arts Council in 1979 and worked over the next 20 years as a producer on Radio 2.

He currently runs his own media relations company and in his spare time sings with several choirs. He is a leading authority on seaside piers.



VLV Patrons

Helen Boaden

Rt Revd Lord Eames OM

Claire Enders

Sir Francis Graham-Smith FRS

Lord Inglewood DL

Lord Phillips of Sudbury OBE

Lord Puttnam CBE

Lady Solti

Sarah Thane

Sir John Tusa

Will Wyatt CBE

VLV administration

Sophie Chalk, Policy Advisor 

Sophie Chalk has worked as a producer/director in television and radio since 1989. Credits as a producer/director include TVam, GTMV, Sky News, Yorkshire Television, Jazz FM, BBC World Service and Radio 4. She set up the independent production company, Rooftop Productions in 1998, and joined IBT as Director of Campaigns in 2006. She is also currently working as a visiting lecturer for One World Media touring the country lecturing on representation of the developing world in UK media.

Moira Stewart, Communications Advisor

Sarah Stapylton Smith - Administrator 

Telephone number: 01474 338716

Postal address: VLV, The Old Rectory Business Centre, Springhead Road, Northfleet, Kent DA11 8HN

Voice of the Listener & Viewer Ltd is a charitable company limited by guarantee (registered  in England No 4407712 Charity No 1152136).