Samantha has been a news broadcaster for over two decades. She was an anchor on Sky News, and now presents on the BBC News Channel. She was one of the first journalists from the UK to cover the post 9/11 events on the ground in New York and was on the scene of the Edgware Road bombing on 7/7 within minutes.


Samantha Simmonds has been a journalist and broadcaster for more than twenty years. She is a presenter on BBC World News where she covers international events of the day.

Samantha presented on Sky News for more than a decade anchoring coverage of some of the biggest stories of recent years.  These included the murder of British MP Jo Cox, the EU referendum live from Gibraltar, several general elections and the terror attacks in Tunisia and Brussels. She also broke the news of the sudden deaths of Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, and Heath Ledger.

Samantha’s highlights while at Sky including presenting on location at Buckingham Palace for the Queens’s ninetieth Birthday and at the Olympic Park for the London 2012 opening ceremony.

She loves the challenge of handling live breaking news and dealing with the biggest events of the day – interviewing senior politicians, business leaders, celebrities, and ordinary people often at the centre of shocking events.

Samantha has a reputation for bringing personality, energy, warmth, and humour to corporate and motivational events she hosts or speaks at. Her conference hosting includes comparing the Qatar-UK business investment forum alongside the British and Qatari Prime Ministers, and the regional investment fund forum for the Department of International Trade.


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JLA Presents

Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

We were joined at 87 Barts Close by three brilliant speakers on a panel that delved into the complex world of Artificial Intelligence. Over the hour our panellists de-mystified AI, speaking about AI’s immense promise for enhancing our lives, alongside the apprehension it has generated regarding job security, privacy infringement, and ethical considerations.


87 Barts Close, 87 Bartholomew Close, London, EC1A 7EB


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, Julia Gillard, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, London