Okolidoh named BBC Director of Diversity & Inclusion
September 7, 2022
Chinny Okolidoh is set to join the BBC to lead the Corporation’s diversity strategies. She will be responsible for ensuring Diversity and Inclusion is at the heart of everything the BBC does, and the Corporation accurately reflects the audiences it serves, both on and off air. The role combines BBC Workforce and Creative Diversity responsibilities to ensure strategic oversight of all the BBC’s diversity commitments.
Leading and developing the BBC’s Diversity and Inclusion team, Okolidoh will collaborate with Directors and their teams across the BBC, including in Content, News, Studios and the Nations, to drive best practice. She will also oversee the development and implementation of initiatives related to on-air and production talent representation, commissioning guidelines, diversity and inclusion training programmes and metrics to measure progress.
Okolidoh is currently Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at L’Oréal (UK & Ireland).
Leigh Tavaziva, BBC Chief Operating Officer, said: “I’m thrilled that Chinny Okolidoh will be joining the BBC. Ensuring the BBC truly reflects the public we serve – both on and off screen – has never been more important. I know Chinny’s experience and passion will help us to expertly build on the progress we’ve already made to improve representation across the industry.”
Okolidoh added: “I am delighted to be joining the BBC and honoured to be working with the amazing team to continue to make progress on the BBC’s commitments to reflect and represent the diversity of the UK. I look forward to building on the great work that has been done so far and continuing to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything the BBC does to inform, educate and entertain millions of people in the UK and around the world.”
Okolidoh will take up the role later this year.