Our Board

Dame Elizabeth Forgan
Chair

Liz Forgan is the chair of The Guardian Foundation and previously chaired The Scott Trust from 2003-2017.

She was formerly an independent director of Guardian Media Group plc, director of programmes at Channel 4 Television, managing director of BBC Network Radio and a Guardian journalist.

She is also a Trustee of the British Museum.

Geraldine Proudler

Geraldine is Head of the Reputation and Media Litigation practice at CMS UK.

She has many years’ experience of advising leading companies and Chief Executives on protecting their reputations and their businesses, defending responsible journalism by media companies, advising PR professionals and their clients, and advising high profile individuals.

Melody Patry

Melody Patry is Advocacy Director at digital rights organisation Access Now. She leads on communications and campaigns to protect the internet and those who use it, and ensure that human rights are respected online.

Previously, Melody was head of advocacy at free speech organisation Index on Censorship in London, where she managed global projects spanning from online censorship to threats to media freedom. Before that, she worked with Cairo-based grassroots organisations and artists on campaigns addressing women’s rights issues, assisted the Representative to the European Union for Doctors Without Borders, and acted as a political advisor for the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations.

Jonathan Scott

Jonathan Scott has been a trustee of the Guardian Foundation since it was formed in 1992 - at that time called the Scott Trust Foundation.

He is retired, having previously had a career in finance.

He is a member of the Scott family and was also a trustee of the Scott Trust from 1987 to 2016.

Gary Younge

Gary Younge is an award-winning author, broadcaster and academic based in London. Formerly a columnist at The Guardian he has been appointed Professor of sociology at Manchester University. He is also the Alfred Knobler Fellow for Type Media in America.

He has written five books: Another Day in the Death of America, A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives; The Speech, The Story Behind Martin Luther King’s Dream; Who Are We?, And Should it Matter in the 21st century; Stranger in a Strange Land, Travels in the Disunited States and No Place Like Home, A Black Briton’s Journey Through the Deep South. He has made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from gay marriage to Brexit.

Nina Blackwell

Nina Blackwell is the Executive Director of Firelight. She has previously worked at Humanity United, part of the Omidyar Group, as Senior Strategic Advisor and Head of External Affairs. Nina also had responsibility for Humanity United’s award-winning partnership with the Guardian News and Media, reporting comprehensively on modern slavery.

Prior to joining Humanity United, Nina spent several years at Yahoo! Inc., where she led two global teams as Senior Director of Americas Communications and Senior Director of Global Public Affairs. Nina joined Yahoo! after seven years working for US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, first as Special Advisor and then as Press Secretary and Spokesperson. A native Australian, Nina began her career with almost a decade working in Australian national and state politics, including three years as National Campaign Manager for an Australian Republic, culminating in the historic 1999 national republic referendum campaign and vote.

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