Meet the team

AMMPE's Board

From all over the world, these women represent AMMPE’s steering committee and representation.

Sarah Gibson

President (UK)

Sarah was elected President of the Worldwide Association of Women Journalists and Writers in 2016, at its Congress in Santiago, Chile. She’s the COO of Celebro Media Studios and was previously a senior manager in BBC News. She started working as a journalist for the BBC in 1989, and has focused on international news throughout her career. She’s worked in Europe, Russia, the former Soviet Union and Australia, in radio, TV and digital. She co-founded the BBC’s Global Women in News staff network, and is a member of the University of Kent Council.

Julia Eugenia Martínez

Former President (Chile)

Julia is a journalist and lecturer at the Faculty of Communications at the Universidad Católica in Chile. She is a former President of AMMPE and she organised the 2016 Congress. As a journalist, Julia worked for TV and radio. After more than 10 years at the BBC in London, she returned to Chile in 1995, and moved to the UC.

Teresa Carreras


Teresa is Professor of Journalism at the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the Autonomous University of Barcelona; Barcelona correspondent of weekly magazine, “El Siglo”; director of “La Independent” news agency; and director of the weekly radio programme  “Crossing Europe”. She was a journalist for 25 years at TVE in Spain where her roles included editor in chief and Brussels correspondent. She has been coordinator and on the secretariat of GAMAG EUROPE since 2015. She is a former president and current board member of the Association of European Journalists of Catalonia.

Patricia Mayorga


Patricia Mayorga is a journalist, writer and Chilean translator. She has been a correspondent in Italy since 1992 for the newspaper “El Mercurio”.  In Italy she has worked with outlets like “Paese Sera”, “Noi Donne”, “Aidos News”, Agencia Ansa, “Il Fatto Quotidiano”, “L’Unitá”. She’s published several books including,  “El Condor Negro: la Internacional fascista y las relaciones secretas con el régimen de Pinochet”,  “Michelle Bachelet: la donna del riscatto”, and “Manuel Bustos, un sindicalista en la transición”.

The 2018 Organising Committee

Working hard to deliver an incredible 4 day event

Laura Garcia

UNIversity of Kent

Laura Garcia  started her work as a multimedia journalist started back in her home town of Mexico as a photographer for a newspaper. Since then, Laura has been working in different newsrooms across the US, and the UK. Currently she works as a Lecturer in Television and Multimedia Journalism, works as a correspondent for hispanic media in Mexico and the US, and is the intern/politics producer at KMTV.

Diana Massis

Realtime Box

Diana Massis has told stories in television, radio and magazines for more than 20 years in Chili and Spain. She has been a program host in the Public Chilean Television (TVN), ADN radio (Prisa)  and Chilevisión (Turner). Author of the novel “Sábanas rojas”, (Alfaguara). Coauthor of the biography of former President Ricardo Lagos “Lagos: the man, the politician” (Planeta), she also has published stories in several anthologies such as the erotic “Tales to go to bed” and “Basta”, more than 100 women against gender violence. Cofounder of, a company that creates innovative digital tools to interact in real time in the media.

Aradhna Tayal

CLocKHOUSE media

Aradhna Tayal is a producer, project manager and consultant working across media, arts, events and technology.  Her events include the What Next? National Event, FRAME: the London dance film festival, Radio TechCon, FastTrain – the UK’s largest free media training event – and the BBC Shorts film festival.  She has 15 years experience in broadcasting and is a trustee of The Radio Academy, committee member of the Royal Television Society, London and board director of theatre company Out of Joint.

Eleanor Sutherland is a recent graduate from Central Saint Martins, gaining a BA in Culture, Criticism and Curation. Since graduating she has joined Living Words, art and literature organisation that work with people living with advanced dementias. Before joining the AMMPE team Eleanor completed an internship at AucArt and founded 202 Gallery. After the Congress, Eleanor will be moving to Melbourne, Australia to continue working towards a career in the arts.

Elaine has worked at the BBC as a radio reporter, TV producer and online journalist at outlets including BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, the BBC News Channel, BBC Breakfast, CBBC’s Newsround and BBC London. She currently works as video journalist in the BBC World Service where she produces videos for the BBC News website.

Zahera Harb


Zahera Harb is Senior Lecturer in International Journalism at City, University of London. She is the author of Channels of Resistance: Liberation Propaganda, Hezbollah and the Media (I.B. Tauris 2011), co-editor (with Dina Matar) of Narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image and Communications Practices in Lebanon and Palestine (I.B. Tauris 2013) and editor of Reporting the Middle East, the Practice of News in the 21st Century (I.B. Tauris 2017). Board roles include the Ethical Journalism Network and UK broadcast regulator OFCOM’s content board. She is Associate editor of Journalism Practice and member of editorial boards of several academic journals including Journalism and Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. Zahera was a TV journalist in her native country Lebanon reporting for local and international organisations and anchoring news and current affairs programmes. She has been member of Thomson Foundation expert team as consultant and media trainer since 2007.

Olivia Franklin has recently graduated from her studies in English literature and language at King’s College London in the summer.  Specifically focusing her work for this Congress on new trends and challenges which are taking shape within journalistic mediums and digital platforms, Olivia is working towards pursuing a future Master’s degree and following a career‐path in magazine journalism, with specific interests surrounding contemporary youth politics and pop culture. She now also works for the arts organisation, Folkestone Fringe in Kent, as part of their communications/production team. 

Hannah Trevarthen is the Events and Development Manager at English PEN managing their year-round programme of high profile events. Prior to joining English PEN, Hannah worked as Assistant Programmer at Edinburgh International Book Festival and as a freelance events coordinator. She also holds an MA in Cultural Policy and Management.

Natalie Wyatt

BBC Radio 1

Natalie Wyatt is junior production manager for BBC Radio 1 and 1 Xtra Newsbeat. Natalie was key in the delivery of Newsbeat’s General Election and EU referendum coverage including a series of live audience debates which brought together 100 young people and politicians to debate issues facing young people in the run up to the vote. Most recently she has been working across Newsbeat’s documentary strand and on the upcoming series ‘Being 17’, which looks at what it is like to be 17 around the world.

Lily Mac Mahon


Lily Mac Mahon studied Classics at King’s College London, where she specialised in ancient languages and philosophy. She moved to Paris after graduation and lived there for six years, where she worked as a translator and in the education sector.
Since moving back to London last year, Lily has focused on starting a career in publishing. As well as being on the committee for AMMPE World, she also volunteers at Crystal Palace Library and the Royal Society of Literature.