Penny Marshall is Social Affairs Editor for ITV News, a writer broadcaster and former Education Editor of the BBC.
Penny has been a national journalist for 30 years working first as a foreign correspondent living in Moscow and South Africa as well as working Bosnia, Washington and the Middle East.
She has won a BAFTA and an EMMY for her reporting. Since 2000 Penny has been covering UK issues, specialising in social affairs, mental health, youth and education.
She is a Visiting Professor at City University and in January 2015 received an Honorary Doctorate from City for her services to journalism.
A local resident, Penny has been involved with the Bridge Academy since 2012 and has become a regular volunteer.
What she has seen in the classrooms has inspired her to help set up the TBAP Foundation:
"I have often seen staff achieve life-changing interventions for the learners when I visit which has made me want to get personally involved,“ she says. “There is no parents association or aumni network at these schools to give support and help close any funding gaps and that is what the Foundation aims to do”