Mary Ann Sieghart London, UK

  • Broadcaster and journalist
  • Assistant Editor, The Times (1998-2007)
  • Highly versatile moderator


Speaking against the motion that
Speaking against the motion that "Too Many People go to University" (2013)
On why Kensington and Chelsea is Britain's Monaco (2013)
On why Kensington and Chelsea is Britain's Monaco (2013)


Mary Ann Sieghart is a highly regarded current affairs commentator and presenter.

Mary Ann began her career as a Eurobond correspondent and Lex Columnist at the Financial Times, before moving to become Business Editor of Today newspaper. In 1988, she joined The Times, where she worked as Comment Editor, Arts Editor, Chief Political leader-writer and columnist. In 2007, she left the paper to pursue portfolio work. She remains a regular contributor to print media.

In 2008, she was a founding partner of The Browser website, a current affairs content aggregation website. In the same year she joined Newshour, the BBC World Service’s flagship news and current affairs programme, as a presenter. From 2010 to 2012, she wrote a weekly column in The Independent about politics, economics and social affairs.

Mary Ann continues to work as a regular broadcaster, appearing on BBC Question Time, Any Questions, Newsnight and Woman’s Hour. She currently presents BBC Radio 4’s Profile programme, offering insight into the characters of influential figures in the public eye.

She is chair of the Social Market Foundation, and sits on the boards of Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust and DLN Digital, and the Council of Tate Modern. Mary Ann is also a non-executive director of the Ofcom Content Board.

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