Huw Spanner
Thoughts into words,
ideas into action
Curriculum Vitae




On the right you’ll find links to some that I did for
Third Way
– for which I also interviewed

• the film director Werner Herzog

• the historian Niall Ferguson

• the human-rights activist Bianca Jagger

• the children’s writer Michael Morpurgo

• the social entrepreneur Steve Chalke

• General Sir Michael Jackson, then Chief of the General Staff

• the journalists Johann Hari and Jon Snow

• the MPs Donald (later Lord) Anderson, Alan Beith, Martin Bell, Jeremy Corbyn, Iain Duncan Smith, Gary Streeter, Stephen Timms and Tom Watson, and the then MEP Caroline Lucas

Sayeeda Warsi, the youngest member of the House of Lords

• Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop George Carey and Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali

• the eco-activists Jonathon Porritt, Franny Armstrong, Kumi Naidoo, Zac Goldsmith, Tony Juniper and Tamsin Omond, and the then leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett

• the former All Black Va’aiga ‘Inga the Winger’ Tuigamala

as well as, with a colleague,

• the performance artist Marina Abramovic

• Mark Thompson, then head of Channel 4

• David (now Lord) Puttnam

• the satirist Mark Thomas

• the journalists Nick Cohen and Simon Jenkins

Nick Griffin of the British National Party

These were all part of the High Profile series of cover interviews that I commissioned and edited for Third Way for 23 years.

Since the magazine folded in early 2016, I have continued the series as an independent venture called High Profiles, for which I have interviewed the activists Polly Higgins, Alastair McIntosh, Bill McKibben and Salma Yaqoob and the politician Dominic Grieve.

I have done more conventional, ‘written-up’ interviews: for Sublime, of the ‘father of fair trade’, Richard Adams, the former Guantánamo prisoner Moazzam Begg and the Inuit nominee for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Sheila Watt-Cloutier; and for Church Times the multi-award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn, the dissident Jewish blogger Robert Cohen, the award-winning human-rights journalist Dina Meza and the award-winning talkshow presenter James O’Brien.

Over the years, I have secured interviews of almost 300 public figures, whether live at The Nave or in print for Third Way or published online by High Profiles.

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Nigel Farage

Claire Fox

Jane Goodall

John Humphrys

Bjørn Lomborg

Khalid Mish’al

Philip Pullman

Anita Roddick