Anna Ford

Anna Ford is well known and respected for her contribution to news and current affairs, and in particular for her newsreading, having worked as a journalist for 32 years. She presented the BBC 'One O'Clock News' from 1999 until she stepped down in 2006.

She regularly chairs seminars, hosts conferences and award ceremonies as well as gives after dinner speeches. Recent clients include The Royal Mail, SmithKlineBeecham, The Financial Times, COI, Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Royal Botanical Gardens Kew and 'The Evening Standard' to name just a few.

Anna holds a Certificate of Professional Development in Executive Coaching from Strathclyde University and she is an Associate of Praesta Partners who are leaders in executive coaching.

Anna Ford is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple, a non-executive director of Sainsburys, a trustee of Forum for the Future, and she has been a trustee of the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew.

She worked on 'Man Alive' and 'Tomorrow's World' and was the first female presenter of ITN's 'News at Ten'. She has presented both the 'Six O'Clock' and the 'One O'Clock News' for BBC Television, and was one of the famous five who launched the breakfast programme 'TV-AM'.

On radio Anna Ford regularly presented the 'Today' programme and 'Woman's Hour' on Radio 4, as well as standing in for 'Jimmy Young' on BBC Radio 2 and presenting 'The Garden Quiz' on Radio 4.

Not confining herself to newsreading, guest appearances have included 'Have I Got News For You', (both as a panellist and host), and a singing role in BBC TV's 'Stars Sing The Beatles'.

Anna Ford studied at Manchester University where she attained a BA honours degree in Economics and postgraduate diploma in Adult Education and was President of the Students Union. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law in 1998, and was installed as the first female Chancellor of the University of Manchester in 2001. In addition she has an Honorary fellowship from the Open University and an Honorary Doctorate from Queen's University Belfast for her services to journalism.