One of the UK media’s most high-profile figures, Tortoise co-founder and editor James Harding is to take to the stage at this year’s Society of Editors Conference.

Harding, former editor of The Times and Director of News & Current Affairs at the BBC joins a number of major names taking part in this year’s 20th Anniversary Conference.

Entitled Defending Media Freedom, the conference will see a host of important figures both from the media industry and relevant sectors to debate the pressing issues of the hour.

Ian Murray, executive director of the Society of Editors commented: “This year’s line-up is growing ever stronger and we are delighted that James can join us to add his immense knowledge and experience to our debates.

“As always, the SoE Conference is a must-attend date in the media calendar.”

The SoE has already announced that appearing at the conference will be Elizabeth Denham, the UK’s Information Commissioner, amongst other major newspaper editors. This includes a strong line-up of Ted Verity (The Mail on Sunday), Alison Phillips (Daily Mirror) and Chris Evans (The Daily Telegraph).

To find out how to secure places at this year’s conference and gala dinner on 12 November at Stationers’ Hall,  click here.