Margaret Gilmore is a successful lecturer, writer and security analyst, a Senior Associate Fellow with the Royal United Services Institute and a Non-Executive Director and Board Member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. Before that she served six years as a Board Member with the Food Standards Agency and Chair of it's Risk Committee. She is an award winning journalist who has been an authoritative face on our TV screens for 19 years, highly respected for her writing and broadcasting talents, her specialist knowledge and analytical skills, her wide range of contacts and her appeal to the audience. Her career in television, radio and newspapers has been a distinguished one, including most recently seven years as senior Home Affairs Correspondent for BBC News. She has covered many high profile stories for the flagship Six and Ten O’Clock News Bulletins – including the July 7th bombings for which the BBC won a prestigious BAFTA award. She specialises in security, terrorism, the media and Irish Affairs.
She has first hand experience reporting from the frontline, on some of the toughest and most sensitive assignments, and has travelled extensively, reporting from places including the Middle East, the USA and war zones like Iraq and Somalia. Most recently, she’s covered the continuing repercussions of the De Menezes shooting, the Litvinenko poisoning, and the growing threat of international terrorism post 9/11.
As a Senior Research Fellow with RUSI (Royal United Services Institute for Security and Defence Studies), she continues to write, lecture and report on security issues and to meet with the most important people in security and intelligence. She also works as a freelance journalist and consultant, chairs conferences, and makes films for private and public sector clients.
Margaret Gilmore has frequently met and interviewed Government ministers at the highest level, and their special advisers and top civil servants, - including those in Downing Street, the Home Office, the Department for Constitutional Affairs and the Ministry of Defence. She has a deep and intimate knowledge of the working of Government, police, and the judiciary and has been briefed regularly by the most senior judges and officers in the country, including people from the anti-terrorist branch and MI5. She has a wide network of contacts in police, intelligence and government.
Margaret has a developed sense of how the media will play stories and what they will seize on – and of how the public and the government will react. The BBC demanded the highest levels of independence and integrity and Margaret understands the importance of presentation and focus in putting across a specific message, and of keeping an open mind and always being aware of the bigger picture beyond the specific story.
She began her BBC career reporting in Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles, in the 1980s and continues to write on Northern irish Affairs at RUSI and elsewhere. Later, as the BBC's Environment Correspondent, her incisive and accessible reporting placed issues like climate change and global warming on the political agenda, and she received the top environment award, a BEMA, for TV Environment Correspondent of the Year. She retains a deep interest in environment issues.
Margaret Gilmore has also made many longer films while working as a correspondent for Newsnight, Panorama, and ITV's This Week. She reported from across the globe on subjects including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the freeing of the Guildford Four, Princess Diana's death, the end of the Cold War, the American Mafia, and the British hostages in Lebanon. Her work in documentaries led to nominations for Royal Television Society and Monte Carlo broadcasting awards. Before she joined the BBC, she worked on newspapers and for independent radio.