Credited with revamping Sunday night prime time television and dubbed “Lady of the Lakes”, Julia Bradbury is one of the small screen’s most popular and versatile presenters. She has just completed filming a new walking series, Britain’s Best Walks, which will be shown on ITV and follows up last year’s successful Britain’s Best Walks with a View. Both are accompanied by a book, DVD and online resource The Outdoor Guide.
Matt started his TV career in 1999, when he joined Blue Peter and his seven and a half years on the show established him as one of the best-loved and most versatile presenters in the show’s history. He won two BAFTAs for Best Children’s Presenter and a Royal Television Society award. He now presents The One Show with Alex Jones Monday to Thursday. Matt was born in Durham where he grew up on his family’s sheep farm. His love of the countryside and animals made him the natural choice for fronting such shows as Crufts, One Man and His Dog, Summer Countryfile Diaries, Animal Rescue Live and Animal Rescue Squad for Five and the very popular Secret Britain series. He currently presents BBC1’s Sunday night show Countryfile and writes for the Countryfile magazine.
Sally is an author, writer and editor of National Trust Magazine, which, with a circulation of 2.3m, is the largest magazine in the UK. A rural upbringing in Devon surrounded by ponies, sheep and goats inspired a lifelong love of nature and the outdoors, and she has a particular affection for the windswept landscapes of Dartmoor. This is her third year on the judging panel for the Wainwright Prize, and she thinks the longlist this year is the strongest yet. When not buried in a book, she particularly enjoys horse-riding and muddy trail-running.
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Writer and broadcaster, Eric Robson has made programmes for BBC, ITV and Channel 4 for more than 40 years. For many years he was a BBC outside broadcast commentator working on all the great State occasions. For 20 years he’s been chairman of one of the world’s longest running broadcast programmes, Gardeners’ Question Time on Radio 4. His books include Great Railway Journeys of the World, The Border Line, a history of the Anglo/Scottish border and After Wainwright, a memoir of the years he worked with Britain’s most famous fell walker. His latest book, Abroad – a great railway journey round the Lake District was published recently. He’s Chairman of Cumbria Tourism and the Wainwright Society, a trustee of Tullie House Museum in Carlisle and a Deputy Lieutenant for Cumbria.
Sarah Oliver is a journalist with The Mail on Sunday where she’s a feature writer, occasional columnist and celebrity interviewer. She’s written for her living since she was a teenage cub reporter with a sharp pencil and a rackety old typewriter, straight out of school. Sarah grew up on the North Pennine moors and has since travelled to some of the remotest parts of the world on assignment. She has been under canvas in Iraq, Afghanistan and Borneo. Today she lives with her army officer husband and sons in Suffolk’s Stour Valley. She has two Lurchers so can often be found walking through the countryside that inspired Constable and Gainsborough, longing for the perfect golden days of a barley harvest.
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Peter Waine is a former chairman of CPRE and of both the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale and of the Tree Council. He is co-founder of Hanson Green, for many years the principal source for non executive appointments and has been on boards of public and private companies in addition to being a former visiting professor at both Warwick and Cass Business Schools. A former member of the International Cricket Council and a trustee of the Royal Opera House, Peter is author or co-author, of two business books, a business novel, a collection of poetry and of 22 Ideas That Saved The English Countryside. He is chairman of the Housman Society.