Ursula Owen is the co-founder and director of women’s publishers Virago Press. After Virago she became policy adviser for the Labour Party during the 1992 election. A year later she joined Index on Censorship as Editor in Chief where she revitalised the quarterly magazine. Ursula was project director for theFree Word Centre from 2003-2009. She is a founder trustee of Free Word and was awarded an OBE in 2003. Ursula is on the board of the South Bank Centre and English Touring Opera. She has been a governor of Parliament Hill Field School, on the board of the New Statesman and the committee of the Royal Literary Fund. She is the author of Fathers: Reflections by Daughters.