Jim White is a British journalist and presenter who has fronted STV's coverage of the UEFA Champions League for the 2006/07 season. He attended Manchester Grammar School and read English at the University of Bristol, though maintains most of his education came on the terraces at Old Trafford.
A founding member of staff at the Independent in 1986, he moved across to the Guardian ten years later, where his contributions have won the sports columnist of the year. A regular on Saturday Review and Front Row, he can also be frequently heard on Radio 5, where he was awarded a Sony Gold award for a documentary about the demise of Wembley Stadium.
Jim has covered major sporting events for the Daily Telegraph and is a long-serving contributor to BBC Radio 4 and Five Live including appearances as a guest pundit on Fighting Talk. He has also appeared on the BBC and Sky, for which he has recently written and presented documentaries on Jose Mourinho and Sven-Göran Eriksson and previously presented a sports current affairs show, The Back Page, on STV.
He took over in September 2006 from Jim Delahunt as the anchor of STV's Champions League Live, hosting the programme for only one season.
He is an ardent Manchester United supporter and writes a regular column for fanzine 'United We Stand' and The Telegraph.
Jim White has also written the books : "You'll win Nothing with Kids" and "Manchester United: The Biography".
Professor Jonathan Michie is a British economist and holds the joint post of Director of the Department for Continuing Education, and President of Kellogg College, University of Oxford, where he is Professor of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange. Jonathan Michie is the son of the biologist Dame Anne McLaren and computer scientist Donald Michie.
Jonathan started his academic career in 1973 at United World College of the Atlantic, gaining his International Baccalaureate. He then gained a full scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford via the common entrance exam, where he gained first class honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and later a Doctorate, after having obtained an MSc in Economics (with Distinction) from Queen Mary, University of London. In 1983 he moved to the Economics Department of the Trades Union Congress and then in 1988 to Brussels as an Expert to the European Commission, before becoming an academic at the University of Cambridge in 1990. After seven years at Cambridge - first in the Economics Faculty and then the Judge Business School - he took up the Sainsbury Chair of Management at the University of London, where he was Head of the School of Management & Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck College.
In 2004 he became a Professor of Management at the University of Birmingham where he was Director of the Business School and a member of the University Council. He was also a Non-Executive Director of the Sandwell & West Birmingam Hospitals NHS Trust.Jonathan was a founding Director of Supporters Direct, the Government-funded body that gives legal and other advice to groups of football supporters who wish to establish supporters' trusts at their football clubs.
In December 2007 he was appointed to the joint positions of Director of the Department for Continuing Education and President of Kellogg College, University of Oxford.
Jonathan was one of the first chairpersons of Shareholders United, formerly Shareholders United Against Murdoch, the not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promote fan ownership in Manchester United F.C.. They successfully thwarted Rupert Murdoch's attempt to take over Manchester United. When his term as chair passed in 2004, Shareholders United had over 30,000 members and owned 1% of Manchester United. The organisation is now known as the Manchester United Supporters' Trust.
He is married to Carolyn Downs, Deputy Permanent Secretary and Director General of Corporate Performance at the Ministry of Justice. They have two sons, Alex and Duncan. They currently live in Oxford.
Michael Crick is an English journalist, author and broadcaster. Born in Northampton, he was educated at Manchester Grammar School and New College, Oxford, where he got a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). At Oxford he was editor of one of the student newspapers, Cherwell, founded the Oxford Handbook and the Oxbridge Careers Handbook, and was president of the Oxford Union.
He specialises in politics, and appeared as a regular reporter on BBC Two's Newsnight. In March 2007, he was appointed the programme's political editor.
In the 2005 general election, it was observed that the five most terrifying words in the political lexicon were "Michael Crick is in reception".
He has also reported for Channel 4 News and Panorama, and has appeared on Have I Got News For You. He is known as the unofficial biographer and nemesis of Jeffrey Archer.
The Newsnight presenter, Jeremy Paxman, says: "He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of obscure facts. I'm sure he could tell you who was chancellor of the exchequer in 1874." The sports writer Jim White, who attended Manchester Grammar school with Crick, describes him as a "mink coat among anoraks".
A keen supporter of Manchester United, he has written several books on the team and manager as well as his literary political works. In 1998 Crick combined journalistic determination with obsessive hobby when he led the opposition to BSkyB's failed takeover bid of the club, founding the pressure group Shareholders Against Murdoch which helped block the BSkyB takeover of Manchester United. With a researcher, Crick marched off to Companies House where they looked up the names and addresses of the club's 30,000 shareholders, then wrote urging them not to sell. The takeover was blocked. He was subsequently Vice Chairman of Shareholders United, and served on the Manchester United Fans' Forum. He attends nearly every United match.
Books - Militant; Scargill and the Miners; Manchester United: The Betrayal of a Legend; Jeffrey Archer: Stranger Than Fiction; The Complete Manchester United Trivia Fact Book; Michael Heseltine; The Boss: The Many Sides of Alex Ferguson.
Born in Manchester, Richard spent his youth at Manchester Grammar School before going up to St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1978.
He joined Saatchi & Saatchi in 2003 as Chairman & CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa, having graduated as a Sloan Fellow from London Business School. Prior to that, Richard had been UK CEO & Chairman of Publicis and Chairman of WPP's The Henley Centre.
He was appointed an Executive Fellow of the London Business School, attached to the Marketing Faculty, in August 2007. He is Chairman of Planting Promise, a sustainable educational enterprise in Sierra Leone, a founder trustee of The Business Bridge Initiative, and is on the Board of the British Heart Foundation's £50 million Mending Broken Hearts Appeal
Currently Deputy Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide, Richard is a United fan through and through. In 1998, along with Michael Crick and a handful of other Manchester United shareholders, he became one of the founding members of Shareholders United Against Murdoch which became Shareholders United in 1999 and was transformed into MUST - the independent Manchester United Supporters' Trust in 2005.
Raymond Snoddy said of him in the The Times "It was Hytner, a Mancunian, who picked up the telephone to television journalist and fellow fan Michael Crick to see off satellite broadcaster BSkyB (in which The News Corporation, parent company of The Times, has a 35.4 per cent stake) from taking over his club. The Saatchi executive gave evidence to the Competition Commission and the deal was ultimately blocked. The organisation of small Manchester United shareholders, Shareholders United, now has more than 10,000 members and is increasingly influential." from: The Saatchi chief who won't tolerate mediocre creativity. (2004)
Richard's response to being asked if he would consider taking the role of President of MUST was "I would be absolutely thrilled to bits. Better than any promotion I've ever had. I'd be both delighted and honoured. Thank you!"