Margaret Busby, OBE, was born in Ghana and educated in Britain. She co-founded the publishing company Allison & Busby, of which she was Editorial Director for 20 years, and was subsequently Editorial Director of Earthscan Publications. A writer, editor, critic and broadcaster, she has served as a judge for several literary awards (including the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Caine Prize for African Writing, the Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, the Orange Prize, the SI Leeds Literary Award and the Commonwealth Book Prize), and has been associated with many cultural ventures internationally in the fields of literature, music, art and theatre. She edited the pioneering Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writing by Women of African Descent, contributes to many publications (such as the Guardian, Observer, Independent and the New Statesman and Wasafiri magazine), and has also written prize-winning drama for BBC radio and for the stage.
Viv Broughton has had a multi-faceted career to date. From a background in engineering, media and politics he spent 13 years as Marketing Director of The Voice newspaper group, taking the paper from its launch in 1982 to an audited weekly circulation of 56,000 copies. As a writer, researcher and collector, he has maintained a lifelong interest in music and is the author of two books, including Too Close To Heaven: The Illustrated History Of Gospel Music which was made into a critically acclaimed Channel Four documentary series and established him as one of the world’s leading experts on the subject. He is also a trustee of several other progressive charities and voluntary organisations and for many years has acted as a business consultant and mentor with the Princes Trust. Viv is currently owner and Chief Executive of The Premises, one of the most highly-regarded music studio complexes in London.
Martin Shaw is a partner with the fundraising and management consultancy Midas Charity Appeals LLP and has worked with Midas in various capacities since 1995. He has a particular interest and considerable experience in working with faith and interfaith groups to whom he has delivered training and consultancy in recent years and continues to do so. He has recently written a book on fundraising in the faith community.
He has held a number of senior posts in the not for profit sector and local authorities, including General Manager of the Variety Club of Great Britain and Chief Executive of a national voluntary youth organisation for seven years.
Prior to his consultancy, Martin was a professional youth and community worker for over 25 years. He is now the Chair of Trustees of Haringey Shed – an inclusive theatre company for children and young people as well as being Chair of CJET.