Kay Parris

Journalist, editor, report writer

Harriet Lamb

What began in 1994 with the launch of a single ethically-produced and sold chocolate bar, has mushroomed into 7,000 products carrying the Fairtrade Mark today. Two of the nation’s favourite chocolate bars – KitKat (four finger) and Cadbury’s Dairy Milk are Fairtrade. So are 30 per cent of our bananas and half the sugar we buy. Major supermarkets – the Co-op, M&S, Morrisons, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s – have committed entire product lines to Fairtrade. All Olympic venues during the 2012 London Games will be selling Fairtrade refreshments. Harriet Lamb was there from the start.

Robert Beckford

On a grey but close day, with no windows open, the low-ceilinged lobby outside Robert Beckford’s office at Goldsmith’s College in London – at the top of what feels like a high-rise portacabin – can leave one feeling a little claustrophic. The lift is small and tinny, the main reception for the college is more like a school caretaker’s office. Things are on the scruffy side, which works for Goldsmith’s College, Beckford says as he ushers us into his only marginally more airy quarters.

John Humphrys

Two pieces of John Humphrys’ work stand out from among the accolades and awards adorning his long years as a British broadcasting institution. He has fronted the BBC’s highest profile TV and radio programmes – including six years on the nine o’clock news in the 80s, and 22 years this year presenting Today on Radio 4. He is also the author of six books and a great many newspaper articles. But two projects have elicited outpourings of feedback from listeners and readers, quite beyond compare to anything else he has done.