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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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Paul Potts CBE Non-executive member

Paul Potts CBE Non-executive member

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

Paul 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 the 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 of the 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 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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MT Rainey

MT Rainey Deputy Chair

MT Rainey Deputy Chair

Joined the Board in January 2012, and is Deputy Chair. 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

Josie Rourke Non-executive member

Josie Rourke Non-executive member

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.

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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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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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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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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 Chair of WiSpire, a joint venture between the Diocese of Norwich and Archant bringing broadband to rural communities, and he is a Non-Executive Director of Inmarsat plc, the industry leader and pioneer of mobile satellite communications, SVG Capital plc, a leading international private equity investor, 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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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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