Baroness Dean (Chairman)

Is currently Deputy Chairman of University College London Hospitals NHS Trust. She is a member of the Press Complaints Commission, a governor of the LSE, and a non-executive director of TC Group plc, providers of long-term care. She was a member of the Dearing Committee of Inquiry into the Future of Higher Education and has recently been appointed Chairman of the Housing Corporation.

Valerie Howarth

Is Chief Executive of ChildLine and serves on a number of committees and working parties concerned with childcare, international social concerns and disability. A social worker by profession, she was previously Director of Brent Social Services and Assistant Director in Lambeth.

Yvonne Light

Has worked in journalism for 13 years, for both trade and consumer press, including Accountancy Age and Country Living. Previously Health and Beauty Editor of Good Housekeeping magazine, she is now a part-time writer, specialising in women's health and family issues, and also carries our PR, research and editing work.

Kate Markus

Is a barrister specialising in public law. Previously, she was Senior Legal Adviser at Brent Community Law Centre and was Chair of the Law Centres Federation. She is a member of the Legal Aid Board, Chair of the Public Law Project and is actively involved in human rights work.

Claire Milne

Is an independent consultant specialising in consumer aspects of telecommunications and numbering, strategy and regulation. Her earlier career was spent mainly within BT in a variety of management positions, including network planning, regulation and marketing. She is also a member of Oftel's English Advisory Committee on Telecommunications (ENACT).

Joe Simpson

Is Head of Programming at the World Learning Network (WLN), a new venture to develop on line services for education which is a partnership between Enigma Productions, the BBC, the Open University and Sir Jacob Rothschild. He is responsible WLN's multi media strategy and the commissioning and development of its educational programming. In the summer he was appointed to head the Millenium Challenge programme. He was previously responsible for BBC Worldwide's educational strategy and was Chief Officer of the ITV Telethon.

Gordon Simpson

Is Director of European Operations for Softbank Interactive Marketing Inc, an interactive marketing, new media sales and strategies group. Previously, he was Managing Director of Telephone International Media Ltd and represented the European premium rate industry on the Council of the European Information Industry Association.

Frank Taylor

Has responsibilities for special educational needs at a large inner city secondary school in North London, where he helps children with learning difficulties, behavioural problems and physical disabilities. He is also a teacher governor at the school. Before teaching, he worked in three major advertising agencies, gaining business and advertising experience working on a number of well known brands.