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Boni Sones

Policy Associate

Personal background

Boni Sones OBE has been a reporter and correspondent in print, radio, television and now online journalism since 1976 where she specialises in public policy, business and politics. She has climbed the editorial ladder to become an Editor in all three of these media in charge of teams of journalists, some now internationally known, working in fast-fire situations. She has reported for both local and national media including the East Anglian Daily Times, The Cambridge Evening News, BBC News 24, BBC Television in the East and freelance for BBC Radio 4. She has been eight different correspondents in both print and live "on-air" journalism and she has learnt how to simplify and communicate accurately complex messages to a wide range of audiences.

In the charity sector she has worked for the Association of Chief Executives in Voluntary Organisations and helped author Communities in Control. At Board and Chairwoman level she has crisis-managed a National Lottery distributor's grant allocations in the face of considerable media criticism over a number of years. Her independent production company was one of the first to innovate broadcasting practices online, pioneering the "as live" audio podcast through the web. She adapted these techniques to online political reporting in Westminster where she runs her own internet channel.

At the University of Cambridge she reports on academic economic and business research where she has conducted a number of highly relevant interviews during the 2008/9 international financial crash. In January 2009 she was awarded an OBE for "Services to broadcasting and PR". She has published three books on women MPs and public policy formulation, the first of which made the short-list for the Orwell Prize in Journalism. The British Library and The London School of Economics and the History of Parliament Trust have audio archives of her political work where she has left a significant historical legacy. Her script writing skills are now used in the private sector where at CEO level she has visited China and reported on China's top brands with WPP. She is a Wikipedia editor, and has helped one leading economist and a global CEO write books and online content in their own narrative. As an Amazon author she writes creatively, again pioneering the new online techniques of publishing within a cluster of local independent businesses. Her topical online reporting often travels into the national print media. She enjoys mentoring others who have learnt from her skills and has excellent testimonials for her training work and books. She has masterminded a number of pro-bono campaigns for social justice at a national level. 

In 2015 www.parliamentaryradio.com was recognised by the International Association of Women in Radio and TV; it was the only UK winner.

In 2015 and 2016 Boni has recently completed a number of collaborative projects and audio archives with the History of Parliament Trust looking into the history of equality legislation with the Labour Party, The Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats.

In May 2015 she also conducted 70 interviews about the General Election campaign in Cambridge with all six candidates and City Council representatives to capture the influence of technological change on campaigning. These are also deposited with the Trust. 

Since March 2016 Boni now broadcasts on Soundcloud and through Twitter, keeping up with the latest new media trends.

Boni's third and most recent book "When There's a Woman in the Room - Part Two" was published in the summer of 2017. The interviews span from January 2015 to July 2017. 

Contact details

Boni Sones
Centre for Business Research
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

Email: bonisones@gmail.com