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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 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.

Chair

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Charles Gurassa

Charles Gurassa is the newly elected non-Executive Chair of Channel 4, joining in January 2016. He is also the non-Executive Chairman of Genesis Housing Association, 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.

Non-executive Members

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Monica Burch

Monica Burch joined the Board on 1 October 2010. Her initial appointment ran until September 2013 and has been extended until September 2016. Monica is Senior Partner of law firm Addleshaw Goddard LLP, and Chairs the firm’s Board and Charitable Trust. Monica also Chairs The Mentoring Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation which helps women reach the very top of large organisations and was a Board Member of charitable organisation PRIME (which promotes fair and equal access to quality work experience in the legal profession) from 2012 to 2015.

Monica is a Partner in Addleshaw Goddard’s litigation practice. Monica was appointed a Civil Recorder in 2010 (a part-time judicial appointment), is a CEDR-qualified mediator and was named by The Lawyer magazine as one of the ‘Hot 100 Lawyers’ in 2007 and 2011. She was named in the Timewise Power Part-Time List in 2013. Monica graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Jurisprudence in 1987, and gained a distinction in her Masters Degree in Commercial Intellectual Property from Nottingham Trent University in 2007. Monica has worked in the US and UK, and has advised a variety of businesses, mainly in the consumer sector, across the globe.

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Richard Rivers

Joined the Board on 1 October 2010. His appointment runs until 30 September 2016.

Richard is also a non-executive director of Mothercare Plc and a member of the marketing council at the British Museum. Richard was previously Chief of Staff and Group Head of Corporate Development at Unilever.

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Alicja Lesniak FCA

Joined the Board on 1 October 2010. Her appointment runs until 30 September 2016.

Alicja is also a non-executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of DTZ Holdings plc, and a non-executive Director of SThree plc, a specialist permanent and contract staffing business. Until 2009 Alicja was Chief Financial Officer of Aegis plc. Prior to this she was Chief Financial Officer of BBDO EMEA, Chief Financial Officer of Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide, and Managing Director of J Walter Thompson.

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Paul Potts CBE

Joined the Board in January 2012. His appointment runs until 31 December 2017.

He began his career as a reporter on the Sheffield Star in 1968 and worked for numerous national newspapers, including the Daily Express, where he was Deputy Editor.

He joined Press Association in 1995 as Editor-in-Chief and was appointed Group Chief Executive in 2000. He was also Chairman of Canada Newswire and MeteoGroup, Europe's largest private weather company. Paul retired from PA Group in 2010.

Paul became a Commander Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2009 in recognition of his services to journalism and has an Honorary Degree from the University of Sheffield.

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Stewart Purvis

Stewart Purvis joined Channel 4 as a non-executive Director in September 2013. His appointment runs until 31 August 2016.

A local radio reporter, a regional television presenter and Sunday tabloid freelancer while still at university, he 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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MT Rainey

Joined the Board in January 2012. Her appointment runs until 31 December 2017.

MT (Mary Teresa) Rainey is Chairman of Th_nk, one of the UK's leading digital agencies and was previously Founding Partner of top advertising agency Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe, now part of WPP. She is also the founder of social enterprise Horsesmouth.co.uk - an online venue for safe, informal mentoring, inspired by the potential of new media to create significant public value. She is Vice Chair of Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the Creative Industries.

A graduate of Glasgow University, MT has had an extensive career in Advertising both in the United States and the UK, and is a previous Chair of the Marketing Group of Great Britain.

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Josie Rourke

Joined the Board in January 2012. Her appointment runs until 31 December 2017.

Josie is Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse. She trained as the Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse, was Trainee Associate Director at the Royal Court and Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres.

Executive Members

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David Abraham

David became Channel 4's sixth Chief Executive in May 2010. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of UKTV, where he led the re-launch of the G2 channel as Dave.

Between 2005-2007 David was President and General Manager for TLC at Discovery Networks USA, where he oversaw all content investment and strategy. Between 2001-2005 David was General Manager of Discovery Networks UK.

David began his career in 1984 at advertising agency Benton and Bowles and was a founding partner and Chief Operating Officer at independent advertising agency St Luke's.

David is also a non-executive Director of Skillset, the sector skills council for creative media.

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Jay Hunt

Appointed Chief Creative Officer in January 2011.

Before joining Channel 4, Jay Hunt was Controller, BBC One. Jay initially joined the BBC in 1989. In 1994 she moved to Newsnight as output editor and filmmaker and then to Panorama. In 1999 she was made editor of One O'Clock News before going on to edit the Six O'Clock News. In 2005 Jay become Controller of BBC Daytime.

Jay Hunt also worked as Director of Programmes at Five in 2007 before returning to the BBC in 2008.

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Jonathan Allan

Appointed Sales Director in September 2011

Jonathan graduated from Newcastle University in Economics and immediately joined a full service agency, Cravens Advertising, in the city. He joined the TV department at the major London media agency, OMD UK, in 1995 and after a number of years working on 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 CEO, Steve Williams.

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Dan Brooke

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

He also worked at Channel 4 from 1998 to 2005, joining as the Head of Marketing & Development for FilmFour, 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 Brooke, Channel 4’s award-winning 4Creative and Marketing teams have been awarded Campaign’s 2015 Advertiser of the Year, Marketing Week’s 2015 Diversity Brand 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.