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Channel 4 is governed by a unitary Board made up of Executive and Non-Executive Directors, who are responsible for ensuring that Channel 4 fulfils its remit and delivers its financial responsibilities.

Non-Executive Directors are appointed by Ofcom in agreement with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The Chief Executive is appointed by the Board and other Executive Members are appointed after nomination by the Chief Executive and Chair jointly.

Charles Gurassa Non-Executive Chair

Charles Gurassa Non-Executive Chair

Appointed as Non-Executive Chair of Channel 4 on 28 January 2016. His appointment runs until 27 January 2019.

Charles is also Deputy Chairman at EasyJet plc, Senior Independent Director of Merlin Entertainments plc, and a trustee of English Heritage and the Migration Museum.

He is a former Chairman of Virgin Mobile plc, LOVEFiLM, Phones4U, MACH, Tragus, Parthenon Entertainments and Alamo/National Rent a Car and former Deputy Chairman of the National Trust .

His executive career included roles as Chief Executive of Thomson Travel Group plc, Executive Chairman TUI Northern Europe, Director TUI AG and as Director, Passenger & Cargo business at British Airways. He is a former Non-Executive Director at Whitbread plc, trustee of the children’s charity Whizz-Kidz and a Member of the Development Board of the University of York.

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Simon Bax Non-Executive Member

Simon Bax Non-Executive Member

Joined the Board on 5 December 2016. His appointment runs until 4 December 2019.

Simon Bax is Chair of Archant, one of the UK’s largest independently-owned regional media companies. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Inmarsat plc, the industry leader and pioneer of mobile satellite communications, and the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association.

Born and educated in England, Simon graduated in 1980 from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge with an honours degree in History. From there, he joined the financial investigations department of the London accounting firm Stoy Hayward & Company and, in 1986, was made a Partner.

He has extensive financial and operating experience, primarily in the media and entertainment industry, both in the US and the UK, having been EVP and CFO of Pixar Animation and, before that, CFO of Fox Filmed Entertainment and the advertising agency Chiat/Day Inc. Most recently, he was Chief Executive Officer of Encompass Digital Media Inc, a company he co-founded in early 2008 that he sold in 2012.

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Althea Efunshile CBE

Althea Efunshile CBE Non-Executive Member

Althea Efunshile CBE Non-Executive Member

Joined the Board in January 2018. Her appointment runs until 31 December 2021.

Chair of the National College Creative Industries, Althea is also a Board Member and Trustee of Ballet Black, and a Non-Executive Director of Goldsmiths College (University of London) and University College London NHS Foundation Trust.

Althea has also held senior executive positions in the cultural and educational sectors, including Deputy Chief Executive at the Arts Council, and Executive Director for Education and Culture at the London Borough of Lewisham.

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Paul Geddes

Paul Geddes Non-Executive Member

Paul Geddes Non-Executive Member

Joined the Board on 5 December 2016. His appointment runs until 4 December 2019.

Paul is Chief Executive Officer of Direct Line Group (DLG), having led through an IPO as part of the divestment from RBS in 2012, and into the FTSE 100 in September 2014. DLG is a leading insurer of cars, homes and small businesses in the UK through its own brands (Direct Line, Churchill, Privilege, Green Flag and NIG) and through partnerships. He is Deputy Chairman of the Association of British Insurers.

Prior to Direct Line Group, Paul was CEO of RBS Group’s mainland UK retail banking business including NatWest, following a successful career in multi-channel retailing and marketing at leading companies such as Kingfisher, GUS and Procter & Gamble. He read Philosophy, Politics and Economic (PPE) at Oxford.

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Uzma Hasan Non-Executive Member

Uzma Hasan Non-Executive Member

Joined the Board in January 2018. Her appointment runs until 31 December 2020.

Uzma is a Producer and Co-Founder of Little House Productions, which focuses on bringing subversive stories to global audiences.

She sits on Selection Committees for the British Independent Film Awards and Film London and consults for the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Her latest feature, FirstBorn, sold worldwide to Netflix and she is currently developing BAFTA-nominee Ritesh Batra’s next film.

 

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Fru Hazlitt

Fru Hazlitt Non-Executive Member

Fru Hazlitt Non-Executive Member

Joined the Board in January 2018. Her appointment runs until 31 December 2020.

Fru is currently a Non-Executive Director at Merlin Entertainments and Deputy Chair of the Board at Downe House School.

She has held senior executive positions across the UK’s media industry, including Managing Director of Commercial, Online and Interactive at ITV, Managing Director at GCap Media, and Chief Executive at Virgin Radio.

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Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes Non-Executive Member

Christopher Holmes Non-Executive Member

Joined the Board on 5 December 2016. His appointment runs until 4 December 2019.

Lord Holmes MBE is Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer, winning nine gold medals including an unrivalled six at a single Games. He was also LOCOG’s Director of Paralympic Integration, responsible for leading the team that planned and delivered the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

In 2013, Chris entered the House of Lords. His areas of interest include diversity and inclusion, the digital opportunity, culture, media and sport. He has been a member of Select Committees on Digital Skills, Social Mobility and, currently, Financial Exclusion. He is also Deputy Chair of the all-party group on fintech and a member of the group focusing on the 4th industrial revolution.

Chris is Director of a niche change, insights and innovation consultancy. He is also Diversity Adviser to the Civil Service and Deputy Chancellor of BPP University.

Chris was Non-Executive Director at UK Sport, where he helped to develop the Mission 2012 strategy which led to Great Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic success at London 2012 and Rio 2016. At UK Sport, he also chaired the audit committee for seven years. He was also a lawyer at a leading City firm where he specialised in pensions and employment law.

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Tom Hooper

Tom Hooper Non-Executive Member

Tom Hooper Non-Executive Member

Joined the Board in January 2018. His appointment runs until 31 December 2021.

Tom is the Oscar-winning director of 'The King’s Speech', 'The Danish Girl' and 'Les Misérables'. He began making short films as a teenager, and had his first professional short, 'Painted Faces', broadcast on Channel 4 in 1992.

His film and television work has received a number of industry awards and nominations – including Emmys and Golden Globes for 'Elizabeth I' and 'Longford', both of which he directed for Channel 4. Tom has been a Governor of the British Film Institute since 2011.

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Non-executive member

Roly Keating Non-Executive Member

Roly Keating Non-Executive Member

Joined the Board on 5 December 2016. His appointment runs until 4 December 2019.

Roly Keating has been Chief Executive of the British Library since September 2012. In his tenure so far, he has overseen a series of major projects, including the Library’s successful and popular 800th anniversary commemorations of Magna Carta; the launch of the Knowledge Quarter, an innovative partnership of over 70 knowledge-based organisations near the Library’s London HQ; the creation of a national network of Business and IP Centres in major regional libraries; and the launch in 2015 of Living Knowledge, which sets out an ambitious vision and strategy for the Library’s growth and development towards its 50th anniversary in 2023.

Roly joined the Library after a long and successful career as a programme-maker and broadcasting executive at the BBC, where he played key roles in the launch of UKTV, as its first Head of Programming, and BBC Four, as its launch Controller in 2002, before moving on to become Controller of BBC Two and Director of Archive Content, with editorial oversight of the BBC's online services including BBC iPlayer.

Roly is a member of the Barbican Centre Board and a Trustee of Turner Contemporary in Margate. He chairs the Knowledge Quarter Board and the Conference of European National Librarians. Roly holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, York and Lincoln.

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Stewart Purvis

Stewart Purvis CBE Non-Executive Member

Stewart Purvis CBE Non-Executive Member

Joined the Board on 1 September 2013. His appointment runs until 31 August 2019.

A local radio reporter, a regional television presenter and Sunday tabloid freelancer while still at university, Stewart was chosen as one of the BBC's first three News Trainees in 1969. He moved to ITN in 1972, where he went on to win Royal Television Society awards and two BAFTA awards as Editor of Channel Four News. He became Editor-in-Chief of ITN and then Chief Executive, and also President of the international news channel, EuroNews, based in Lyon, France.

After retiring from ITN in 2003, he became a Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at Oxford University, and from 2007 to 2010 he was Ofcom's Partner for Content and Standards and also chaired the UK government's Media Literacy Working Group in 2009. He has advised the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications on the governance of the BBC and, on behalf of DCMS, he was the Independent Chair of a multi-party negotiation to progress digital radio in the UK.

He is Professor of Television Journalism at City University London, a Vice-President of the Royal Television Society and a Trustee of SSVC (producers of British Forces Broadcasting). In September 2013, he published, with City colleague Jeff Hulbert, When Reporters Cross the Line, based on a BBC Radio Four programme of the same title.

In 2000, he was made a CBE for services to broadcast journalism; in 2005, he was made an Honorary Doctor of Law by Exeter University; and, in 2009, he received the Royal Television Society's Gold Medal for an outstanding contribution to television.

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Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon

Alex Mahon Chief Executive

Alex Mahon Chief Executive

Alex Mahon became CEO of Channel 4 in October 2017 and is the first female CEO of a major UK broadcaster. Prior to this, Alex was the CEO of international software firm Foundry.

From 2012-2015, Alex was CEO of global producers Shine Group, where she oversaw the build-and-buy strategy of building up 27 production labels over 12 international territories and was responsible for all content strategy, including the launch of global scripted divisions and the rollout of formats internationally. Between 2007 and 2012, Alex was President at Shine Group based in LA and then London.

Alex began her career as a PhD Physicist and became a consultant in Luxembourg at European broadcasters RTL Group followed by FremantleMedia and then Talkback in the UK.

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Jonathan Allan

Jonathan Allan Sales Director

Jonathan Allan Sales Director

Appointed Sales Director in September 2011.

Jonathan graduated in Economics from Newcastle University and immediately joined a full-service agency, Cravens Advertising, in the City.

He joined the TV department at major London media agency OMD UK in 1995 and, after a number of years working with clients such as Barclaycard, Boots and AXA, Jonathan was appointed to the Board as TV Director in January 2000. He then moved into planning for a number of years and was appointed Deputy Managing Director in February 2005 and, in January 2007, he became Managing Director, reporting into the CEO, Steve Williams.

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Dan Brooke Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Dan Brooke Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Dan is Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, heading up Marketing, Press and Publicity, 4Creative and Corporate Relations across the Channel 4 Group. He is also the Board champion for diversity. Dan joined Channel 4 from documentary producer Rare Day, where he was Managing Director. Previously, he was Managing Director of Discovery Networks UK.

Dan also worked at Channel 4 from 1998 to 2005, joining as the Head of Marketing & Development for Film4, rising to be Managing Director of Digital Channels. He was elected Young Marketer of the Year by the Marketing Society for his role in the birth of E4.

Under Dan's leadership, Channel 4 has been awarded the Marketing Society’s Brand of the Year 2016, Best Diverse Company at the National Diversity Awards 2016, Campaign’s 2015 Advertiser of the Year and Creative Review’s 2012 Agency of the Year.

He is on the Boards of Channel 4 and the Mass Extinction Monitoring Observatory.

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Ian Katz

Ian Katz Director of Programmes

Ian Katz Director of Programmes

Ian joined Channel 4 as Director of Programmes in January 2018.

Ian is an experienced creative leader and journalist with a proven track record of creative and digital innovation, talent development and creative risk-taking.

His career in journalism has spanned news and investigative current affairs as well as lifestyle journalism, sport, arts and entertainment. From 2013-2017, he was Editor of BBC's Newsnight. Prior to the BBC, Ian was Deputy Editor and Head of News at The Guardian.

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