...Association President: Janet Street-Porter
Janet Street-Porter started studying architecture but switched to journalism and was a Fleet Street columnist by the age of 21. She wrote about design and architecture for the glossies at the same time. In 1973 she hosted a daily show on Britain's first commercial radio station, LBC, switching to television in 1975, to host the London Weekend Show, a young people's current affairs programme for LWT. She has presented a range of prime time shows for LWT including her own talk show, before becoming a producer in 1981, and gaining a BAFTA nomination with Twentieth Century Box.
She worked with graphic designers and avant-garde musicians on Paintbox for Channel 4 - and won the BAFTA award for originality for Network 7 in 1998. Janet joined the BBC and created a host of new formats for young people, Rough Guide to Careers, the A to Z of Belief, Reportage, and produced the Full Wax. Her reworking of the German romantic opera the Vampyr won the Prix Italia in 1992. Within the entertainment group at the BBC she was responsible for about 35 series from This is Your Life to fantasy Football League. In 1994 she joined the Mirror Group and set up Live TV.
Since 1996 Janet concentrated on writing and presenting, from the Design Awards, Travels with Pevsner, The Midnight Hour, Coast to Coast and as The Crow Flies for BBB2, J'Accuse and the Internet for Channel 3.
Over the years Ms Street-Porter has appeared on many television shows including "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here" and "Have I Got News For You". In addition, she regularly appears on topical discussion programmes such as the BBC's "Question Time". More recently she has appeared in Grand Designs Live and the new series of "The F Word" with Gordon Ramsay.
Ms Street-Porter is also an accomplished author, having written several travel books and two volumes of autobiography, "Baggage" and "Fallout" published in 2003 and 2008. In 2008 Quadrille published her hilarious guide "Life's Too F*****g Short", which was a best seller.
A Trustee of the National Media Museum in the near by City of Bradford, Janet is also President of the Globetrotters Club, a Fellow of the Royal Television Society, former President of the Ramblers Association and is currently an honorary Vice-President.