Stig Abell (Chair)
Stig Abell is the editor and publisher of the Times Literary Supplement, which he thinks is the most important literary publication in the world.
He also presents Front Row, an arts magazine show on Radio 4, and pops up as a commentator on Sky News, CNN and the BBC. He has written for almost every newspaper in Britain, and one or two in America as well.
Stig's career has been rather odd: he has been the Director of the Press Complaints Commission and the Managing Editor of Britain's biggest newspaper (The Sun). He has also worked in crisis communications, although not for very long. His career peak came when he got the highest first in English at Cambridge for two consecutive years; and it has been downhill pretty much ever since.
Stig's book How Britain Really Works was published in May. He lives in London with his wife, three children and a semi-obese dog called Biscuit.