Somerville Media Day In Oxford

More than fifty graduates of Somerville College, Oxford, now working in the media gathered at the College for Somerville Media Day. Roz Morris, Managing Director of TV News London gave a talk on what makes an effective spokesperson.

The conference was opened by Dame Fiona Caldicott, Principal of Somerville College, followed by Esther Rantzen who talked about her long career in journalism and broadcasting. Other speakers included Felicity Spector, Senior Programme Producer Channel 4 News, Noelle Morris, Head of Drama Development, Kudos Television and Sarah Watson from Bartle, Bogle, Hegarty on the challenges to advertisers posed by the growth of new media. The day concluded with a talk by Sophie Kain about her experiences as a contestant on ‘The Apprentice’. The conference was chaired by BBC Radio 4 Arts Correspondent Rebecca Jones.

Roz Morris, Managing Director of TV News London, is pictured with BBC presenter Amanda Goodman (right).

Esther Rantzen (left) is pictured with BBC Radio 4 Arts Correspondent Rebecca Jones.

Published 27 May 2008


TV News London Congratulates CWN

City Women’s Network, one of the first professional women’s networking organisations, is now celebrating its 30th year and Roz Morris, Managing Director of TV News London has just been elected Vice President. CWN was founded in 1978 and has adapted and grown in membership and stature since then.

Roz is pictured with Clare Dobie (left), the newly elected President.

"I’m honoured to be elected Vice President of CWN", Roz says. "I look forward to a successful 30th anniversary year for the network. We have a lot of terrific events planned which we know will be interesting to senior professional women."

City Women’s Network started in the mid 1970’s when a small group of women lawyers and accountants working in the City of London began meeting together to provide mutual support in a male dominated business environment. These first meetings were lunches held in office meeting rooms informally, and then in a private dining room upstairs at the famous Mother Bunch’s Wine Bar. The official Launch meeting with a formal constitution was held in November 1978 at the Law Society. In November 2008 this will be commemorated with a formal City Women’s Network dinner at Stationers’ Hall.

CWN’S first Chairman was Janice Wright, a solicitor, and expert on intellectual property. She was one of the first women in the City of London to become a partner in a commercial law firm. The network’s current President, Clare Dobie, runs her own marketing company, Braxted Marketing Measures and is a former financial journalist. CWN’s Patron is Janet Gaymer, Public Appointments Commissioner for England and Wales and formerly senior partner with top City Lawyers, Simmons and Simmons Solicitors.

All members must have a minimum of 5 years senior management experience and the current Membership is 150. CWN Membership now covers Greater London, and abroad, as well as the City of London. Members were originally mostly in finance or legal professions: they are now cross-sectoral and include finance, legal, IT, marketing, management consulting, training, HR and travel. 40% of members work in corporates - 60% are entrepreneurs.

Click here to visit the CWN website

Published 05 May 2008