Tushar Mody has been a supporter of SaferMedia for several years and now serves as a trustee. He is a self employed IT Consultant specialising in Databases. He provides IT Support to Safermedia, including the membership database which he developed, SmartMember.
He has a passion to see higher moral standards in the media, and to see children protected from unsuitable material, in a society where negative influences are the norm. Tushar also works part time as an usher at his local cinema, and sees first hand the pressure that teenagers have to see movies underage, even with parental approval. He is also concerned at the gradual decline of standards by the BBFC in film classifications and would like to see an improved system in place.
Tushar has a heart to see God restore our land..."Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people." Prov 14:34 NKJV
Catherine Thurgood was elected as a trustee of Safermedia in 2011, having been a supporter of their work for a couple of years prior to this. She is a qualified early years and primary school teacher who is currently taking a career break to raise her young children. She is particularly concerned about children and teenagers being exposed to the effect of the media both at school in the sex education program, and in the home; through film, the internet and video games. Her biology degree has highlighted the correlation between what we are exposed to visually and how we behave. With the continuing rise of teenage pregnancy, abortion rates and violent youth crime Catherine feels we must stand against all types of media which promote and encourage this behaviour; instead we should seek to use the media as a positive influence in the lives of young people.
Professor Baroness Greenfield CBE
Susan Greenfield is Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford University and a neuroscientist, writer, and broadcaster. She has been awarded 30 Honorary Degrees from British and foreign universities and heads a multi-disciplinary research group exploring novel brain mechanisms linked to neurodegenerative diseases such Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. In addition, she has published a neuroscientific theory of consciousness (The Private Life of the Brain 2003) and developed an interest in the impact of 21st Century technologies on how young people think and feel, as discussed in her book ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century (2008).
In 1998 she received the Michael Faraday Medal from the Royal Society, was awarded a CBE in the Millennium New Year’s Honours List, and granted a non-political Life Peerage in 2001. In 2000 she was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and in 2007 to an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She was appointed Chancellor of Heriot Watt University in 2005. Further recognition of her work includes L’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur from the French Government, and the American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award, both received in 2003, as well as the Australian Medical Research Society Medal, which she awarded in 2010. Earlier in 2011 she joined the Advisory Board of the Kusuma School of Biological Sciences at the Indian Institute for Technology, Delhi.
Olave Snelling is a Media strategist with long experience as a TV/Radio producer and presenter. Having worked on four continents in print journalism, TV, radio and film, her role as Chair/CEO of the Christian Broadcasting Council gives her prayer and passion for the proclamation of the Gospel a wide platform. She worked as a Presenter for eleven years at Premier Radio in London and is Chairman of their Editorial Board. With a global focus in her life, she is UK Chairman for African Enterprise, her brother, Dr. Michael Cassidy’s Africa-wide evangelistic ministry. Born and brought up in Lesotho, her calling from the Lord is to Britain to carry out His personal injunction ‘to stand in the evil day’, to pray for the land and to lift up the name of Christ in the Media. She has been involved for decades with intercessory prayer ministry and has been part of Prayer for Parliament in the Houses of Parliament for twenty-five years, as well as being a member of the Parliamentary Lords & Commons Family & Child Protection Group.
Professor Kevin Browne
Prof. Kevin Browne is the Head of Institute and Chair of Forensic Psychology and Child Health, as well as Director of the Professional Doctorate Programme in Forensic Psychology at the University of Nottingham.
He was the Professor and Director of the Centre for Forensic and Family Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham until 2007, when he became the Chair of Forensic and Child Psychology at the University of Liverpool. In 2009 he joined the University of Nottingham as Chair of Forensic Psychology and Child Health, and then became Head of the Institute for Work, Health & Organisations (I-WHO) in August 2010.
Prof Browne spoke on ‘The link between violent media and antisocial behaviour in children and young people’ at the Safermedia Parliamentary Conference on The Harmful Effects of Violent Media in November 2008.