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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 2022.

Charles is also Chair of Great Railway Journeys, Oxfam, Migration Museum and a trustee of English Heritage.

He is a former Chairman of Genesis Housing Association, Virgin Mobile, LOVEFiLM, Phones4U, MACH, Tragus, Parthenon Entertainments, NetNames, Alamo/National Rent a Car and former Deputy Chairman of easyJet plc and 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, Senior Independent Director at Merlin Entertainments 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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Christopher Holmes Non-Executive Deputy Chair

Christopher Holmes Non-Executive Deputy Chair

Joined the Board on 5 December 2016. His appointment runs until 10 June 2024.

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, Financial Exclusion, Artificial Intelligence and currently Intergenerational Fairness and Provision. He is also Co-Chair of the all-party groups on Assistive Technology and Blockchain, Deputy Chair of the all-party groups on fintech and AI and a founding 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 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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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.

Althea brings 35 years' experience of senior strategic leadership and management within the public sector. She has been a local authority Director of Education; a senior civil servant within the Department of Education; and Deputy Chief Executive of Arts Council England.

She has been Chair and Non-Executive Director of a range of public bodies spanning the arts, health, further & higher education, and housing. Althea is committed to the delivery of Channel 4’s public service remit. She has a passion for diversity and inclusion, and for contributing to Channel 4’s efforts to strengthen the diversity of its audiences, programming and internal organisation.

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Paul Geddes Non-Executive Member

Paul Geddes Non-Executive Member

Joined the Board on 5 December 2016. His appointment runs until 5 December 2022.

Paul is Chief Executive Officer of QA and Director of QA subsidiaries, the UK’s leading technology, technology training and talent provider. He was previously 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. He is a former Deputy Chairman of the Association of British Insurers.

Previously, 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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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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Roly Keating Non-Executive Member

Roly Keating Non-Executive Member

Joined the Board on 5 December 2016. His appointment runs until 5 December 2022.

Roly Keating has been Chief Executive of the British Library since September 2012. In his tenure so far, he has overseen a series of significant developments including: the launch in 2015 of Living Knowledge, an ambitious new vision and strategy; a major expansion of cultural and learning activities, including landmark exhibitions on Magna Carta and Harry Potter; new pan-UK partnerships with public libraries including the successful Business & IP Centre national network; digital initiatives including Save Our Sounds to preserve the UK’s audio heritage; the creation of the Knowledge Quarter, an innovative partnership of knowledge-based organisations near the Library’s London HQ; and the initiation of major new capital projects in London and Yorkshire, including full-scale renewal of the Library’s Boston Spa campus and creation of a major new public space in Leeds.

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 Trustee of the Clore Leadership Programme, the British Library Trust, the American Trust for the British Library, the Gilson Trust, the Friends of the National Libraries and the Busby Trust and he chairs the Conference of European National Librarians.

Roly holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Lincoln, Warwick and York.

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Andrew Miller Non-Executive Director

Andrew Miller Non-Executive Director

Joined the Board on 1 June 2020 as Non-Executive Director and Chair of Channel 4's Audit Committee for a term of three years.

Andrew is Chief Executive of Motability Operations plc. An accountant by training and a leader in digital transformation, Andrew has also held senior executive positions at a number of multinational consumer and media groups. These include CEO of Food Folk Holdings – owner of the McDonalds’s licence for the Nordics Scandinavia, CEO of Guardian Media Group and AutoTrader, taking the latter from a print magazine to a digital platform. Prior to this, Andrew held senior finance roles at Frito-lay Europe, Procter & Gamble and Bass. He has also held Non-Executive Director roles and was Audit Chair at the AA plc and Ocean Outdoor Media plc.

Andrew is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and sits on the Advisory Board for Sarah Brown's Theirworld charity.

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Alex Mahon Chief Executive

Alex Mahon Chief Executive

Alex Mahon became Chief Executive of Channel 4 in October 2017 and is the first female Chief Executive 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 and then part of the strategy team in Luxembourg at European broadcasters RTL Group followed by working at FremantleMedia and then Talkback in the UK.

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Jonathan Allan Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan Allan Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in 2020, following two years as Chief Commercial Officer and seven years as Sales Director at Channel 4.

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 then was appointed to the Board as TV Director in January 2000. He subsequently moved into communications strategy and new business for a number of years and was appointed Deputy Managing Director in February 2005 and, in January 2007, he became Managing Director.

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Ian Katz Chief Content Officer

Ian Katz Chief Content Officer

Ian joined Channel 4 in January 2018. He has overall responsibility for the creative output of Channel 4's portfolio of channels and its on-demand viewing service, All 4.

Ian is an experienced creative leader with an award-winning track record in both broadcast and newspaper journalism. At Channel 4 he has been responsible for greenlighting critically acclaimed shows ranging from The Big Narstie Show to Brexit: The Uncivil War and recent hit, It’s A Sin. He was editor of BBC Newsnight from 2013 to 2017, a period which saw the show collect awards for exposing the Kids Company scandal, covering the Grenfell fire and investigating the massacre of Rohingyas in Myanmar.

Previously, Ian worked in a wide range of roles at the Guardian, including features, foreign reporting and launching the paper on the internet. Between 2010 and 2014, he was Deputy Editor of the Guardian, overseeing the paper's coverage of the WikiLeaks data dumps and phone-hacking.

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