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Channel 4 appoints new Head of Inclusion

March 3, 2022

Jane English has been appointed Channel 4’s new Head of Inclusion and will work closely with the Head of Creative Diversity and the broadcaster’s People team to champion inclusion and diversity across the business.

English is currently on maternity leave and will take up her new job in the autumn. She joins from 4Creative and Marketing.

Additionally, Giles Barker has also been announced as Workplace Disability Lead at Channel 4, a new role for the broadcaster. Barker will work closely with Enlgish to help ensure Channel 4 is one of the best places for disabled talent to work in the UK.

Barker, who takes up the role in April, joins from BT where he was Group Diversity & Inclusion Lead, and before that he led transformation programmes at Transport for London before becoming an accessibility and inclusion specialist.

English said: “At Channel 4, inclusion means creating a workplace where everyone feels they belong, whilst redefining what it means to be inclusive: breaking new ground, shattering taboos, and giving a platform to unheard voices. I can’t imagine a more important brief and I can’t wait to get started.”

Giles said: “I am thrilled to join such an iconic organisation whose reputation has been driven forward by a constant focus on inclusion and innovation.”

Zaid Al-Qassab, Chief Marketing Officer and Inclusion & Diversity Director at Channel 4, added: “We are proud of our reputation as one of the most diverse and welcoming workplaces in the UK. I’m sure Channel 4 will become even more inclusive under Jane’s leadership. I am also delighted to welcome Giles, whose experience and expertise will be invaluable in increasing accessibility and awareness amongst all colleagues.”

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