Tim Grout-Smith I am an Oxford English graduate with 26 years of varied BBC experience. I reported from more than 30 countries, edited and presented flagship news programmes for BBC World Service and made TV and radio documentaries and educational series.

On leaving the BBC I set up mpi, and since then I’ve advised governments and charities on media relations and public service advertising, carried out media and communications projects for major international donors like the EU and the World Bank, and trained at 33 British universities, helping them to publicise their research through the media. You can read my CV here


Lily Poberezhska I am a London-based graduate of Kiev State University. I began working as an adult education teacher in Ukraine, and on coming to the UK I worked at the BBC for 9 years. I was a reporter/presenter, senior producer, media consultant and trainer on a variety of TV and radio projects, from agriculture and environment to small business and civil society.

I was awarded a diploma from the London School of Public Relations and set up mpi with Tim in 2001. Since then I’ve greatly enjoyed helping intelligent and dedicated people to face the media without fear. I find my teaching, journalistic and PR experiences give me good insight into what our clients need. You can read my CV here