Rosie Boycott is a journalist and author.
She was educated at Cheltenham Ladies' College and then went on to study pure maths at Kent University.
In the early seventies she co-founded Spare Rib magazine and Virago Press.
She has worked on The Daily Mail, The Sunday Telegraph, Harpers & Queen and Esquire but is probably best known for her role as editor of The Independent on Sunday, The Independent, and The Express.
It was as editor of The Independent in 1998 that she began a campaign for the personal use of cannabis to be decriminalised.
Rosie has recently become the Chair of the London Food Board and has chaired the judging panel for the 2008 Samuel Johnson Prize.
She has written several books including an autobiography, A Nice Girl Like Me: A Story of the Seventies; a novel, All For Love; and a non-fiction book about running a small-holding, Spotted Pigs and Green Tomatoes: A Year in the Life of Our Farm.