Dawn Airey

An important moment for representation at Channel 4, Dawn will serve on the Board for a minimum of three years

BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE BY GETTY IMAGES

Forming one of four new appointments, former Channel 5 executive and out lesbian Dawn Airey has been appointed a non-executive director at Channel 4. David Kogan (BBC, Reuters), Tess Alps (Thinkbox, Advertising Standards Authority) and Sarah Sands (BBC Radio 4 Today, Evening Standard) are among the other appointments, and will work as part of a three-year tenure.

A trailblazer in the world of British media, Dawn is currently Chair of the National Youth Theatre, Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship. She is a non-executive member of the Getty Images, Grosvenor Estates and Blackbird boards. The former Chair and CEO of Channel 5, she has previously held positions at RTL and Yahoo!. Notably, she recently featured on the Tracey Crouch Expert Panel, undertaking The Fan Led Football Review.

These fresh appointments are an important movement towards improving representation at Channel 4. Significantly, Tess Alps is the current chair of Thinkbox, an organisation representing commercial broadcasters, Channel 4 included. Further appointment Sarah Sands held the position of editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme until 2020, formerly working with the likes of the Evening Standard, Daily Mail and Telegraph.

Approved by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Nadine Dorries, the appointments were initiated by Ofcom, led by chairs Maggie Carver and Charles Guarassa alongside independents Libby Watkins and Cindy Butts. Charles Guarassa states: “I am delighted to welcome Dawn Airey, Tess Alps, David Kogan and Sarah Sands to the Channel 4 Board. They have all enjoyed long and distinguished careers in the media and creative industries and their deep sectoral knowledge will be a huge asset to the Board. As well as bringing a breadth and depth of personal creative and leadership experience, they all share a great admiration and enthusiasm for Channel 4’s unique role and creative energy”.

Airey states: “I am thrilled to be returning to a broadcaster that has such a stellar track record in LGBTQI programming”.

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