Lucian J. Hudson

chair, Earthwatch Europe; interim director of public affairs and communications, Oxford University

Before joining Earthwatch Europe and Oxford University, Lucian was director of communications at The Open University, and held top communications posts in four UK Government departments. He was also the UK government’s first-ever director of e-Communications and recently served as an independent expert, reviewing the communications capability at the Cabinet Office and No.10. After leaving the Civil Service, he was a partner and the first managing director of Cornerstone Global Associates, providing strategic consultancy to government, business, civil society, universities and business schools. In 17 years as a senior executive and television journalist with the BBC and ITV he helped establish the first international television channels as a joint venture between BBC and Discovery. As strand editor for BBC World, he led the transformation of breaking news and live events, which included producing the first six hours of television coverage on the death of Princess Diana. Since 1997, Lucian has also served as chairman of three non-profit organisations, including Liberal Judaism, Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and Rory Peck Trust.