Stephen Jukes is dean of The Media School at Bournemouth University. He has spent most of his working career as a foreign correspondent, covering news in eastern and western Europe, the Middle East and the United States for the international news agency Reuters.
He began his career as a local newspaper reporter in Brighton before switching to Reuters. During a series of postings over more than 20 years he covered numerous top stories, ranging from the ousting of Margaret Thatcher and disappearance of Robert Maxwell to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. He has reported extensively from the Middle East, interviewing King Fahd of Saudi Arabia and overseeing cover of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.
In his final position at Reuters, Jukes was global Head of News, responsible for the quality of all Editorial output including text, television, news pictures and graphics. He also ran Reuters publishing programme, overseeing a series of books on foreign and financial affairs in conjunction with Pearson and Prentice Hall.
He is a member of the Dart Centre's advisory board, deputy chair of the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund (a charity in honour of a U.S. war correspondent killed in Sierra Leone) and a trustee of MediaWise (an organisation promoting ethical standards in journalism).
Before taking up his appointment in Bournemouth, Jukes was a visiting scholar at Green College, Oxford, where he has been working on two books on the media, focusing on the issues of spin and trauma. He has an MA in modern languages (French and German) from Hertford College, Oxford.
Gill is a psychological therapist at the Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress in Edinburgh specialising in the treatment of adults who have developed traumatic stress reactions. She is involved in training and research in the UK and internationally, and has a particular interest in work with emergency service personnel and other staff with occupational exposure to potentially traumatic stressors.
Gill began her professional career in 1991 as a child and family social worker and team manager in Central Regional Council with a special interest in work with survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence and child sexual abuse. In 1996 she was involved in the immediate response to the shootings at Dunblane Primary School and in the establishment of the Dunblane Support Centre where she worked for the next five years. Since then she has specialised in the treatment of children and adults affected by trauma, completing psychotherapy training in CBT and EMDR. She was coordinator of the CAMHS Child Sexual Abuse service in NHS Lothian prior to joining the Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress in June 2002.
Gill is the lead clinician for all of the Rivers Centre’s external contracts and manages the services The Rivers Centre provides to a number of Scottish Police and Fire services, the Scottish Ambulance Service, City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Jury Service. She has developed a “Buddy” model of peer support for police firearms officers and has also developed resources for the friends and family of Rivers Centre clients, establishing a group model of support for adult and child “supporters”. She provides supervision to staff working in the CAMHS CSA team and EMDR supervision to a wide range of NHS colleagues.
Gill is currently a Consultant to the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Team and is leading the production of national Guidance on Psychosocial and Mental Health Care following major incidents. She is also working with the Scottish Government to develop a model for improving the assessment and management of trauma reactions in primary care.
Gill was a founder member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society and was Secretary for two years before becoming Treasurer in 2012. She is a member also of the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) Uniformed Services Task Force and joined the DART Board in 2012.
Juliana Ruhfus is the senior reporter for Al Jazeera’s award-winning “People & Power” investigative and current affairs strand. In 2006 her film “Army of Discontent” about Liberia’s child combatant’s launched Al Jazeera English’s programming content the day the channel went on air. Since then Juliana has made over 30 films, including a number of investigative and under-cover reports and a five-part series on lawsuits against multinationals.
At the heart of Juliana’s film are the often complex and tragic human stories behind the headlines. In 2010 her reporting was awarded with the Ochberg Fellowship for Coverage of Violence and Trauma and a year later Juliana received a scholarship for Harvard’s Global Mental Health Program.
Juliana is a native German who has lived in Tanzania and Kenya and is now based in London. Prior to working for Al Jazeera she has worked freelance for various international broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, WDR (Germany) and NHK (Japan). She has also undertaken two expert consultancies for the UN Security Council monitoring the arms trade in Somalia.
Rupert Reid is a former police officer, who has specialized in corporate contingency planning and crisis management for the past 14 years. He has worked extensively for both the multi-national corporate sector and the special risks insurance market covering terrorism, kidnap and extortion.
He has been involved in the training of personnel operating in high risk areas, and the de-briefing of those affected by trauma through their experiences in the field. He speaks Spanish and French, and holds a Masters Degree in Security Risk Management.
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