The David Astor Journalism Awards Trust


BONNY ASTOR, David Astorís granddaughter, works for a mental health charity in London.  A 2013 graduate of the University of Exeter, she was awarded an honours degree in psychology from the University of Cape Town in 2014 and a Master's degree in Migration Studies from Oxford University in 2016.  She has an active interest in journalism, has frequently travelled to Africa, and has undertaken challenging voluntary work elsewhere in the developing world.

VIVIAN BICKFORD-SMITH is a historian of modern South Africa.  He is Extraordinary Professor at the University of Cape Town, Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.  Much of his writing explores questions of race, ethnicity and nationalism.  His most recent publication is The Emergence of the South African Metropolis: Cities and Identities in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge, 2016).

ROBERT BROOKMAN (Chairman) is a geographer with particular interests in the environment and in Africa.  Now retired, he taught for over 30 years and was Head of Lower School and Senior Teacher at the independent Trinity School of John Whitgift in Croydon, England.  He led annual field classes in Africa, as well as other field activities and Community Service Camps in the UK.

ANDREW BUCKOKE is a former journalist who lived and worked in Africa for over 25 years.  He was a foreign correspondent for The Observer, The Guardian, Financial Times and The Economist, and East Africa correspondent for The Times based in Nairobi.  He is the author of Fishing in Africa: A Guide to War and Corruption, originally published in 1991, based on his experiences of travelling and reporting in Africa.  He now lives in the UK.

JIM MEYER helped to establish the David Astor Journalism Awards Trust and, as Executive Director, was principally responsible for developing and running its programmes.  A former journalist and documentary filmmaker, he has a background in public policy analysis, planning and communications.  As a lifelong close friend of the Astor family, he knew David Astor well and ran two other Astor-supported UK charities.

SUSAN SIMMONS, now retired, was a Trust accountant and practice manager with Sayers Butterworth LLP.  A member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, she has been involved with Trust accounting for over 30 years.  She is also a trustee and treasurer of several other UK charities.

MARK SOLMS is a South African neuropsychologist and psychoanalyst.  He is Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town, Director of the Neuro-Psychoanalysis Centre of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and co-chair of the International Neuro-Psychoanalysis Society.  Formerly based in London, he returned to South Africa in 2002 to revitalise an historic wine farm, where he established a winemaking business and social enterprise.