The BBC has established a new diversity and inclusion advisory group to drive its efforts to increase representation on and off screen and in its workforce.
It is also recruiting two new positions, a head of workforce diversity and inclusion, and a director of creative diversity, who will focus specifically on talent diversity, commissioning and monitoring as part of Project Diamond.
The new group met for the first time this month, chaired by BBC non-executive director Tom Ilube, and comprises both BBC staff as well as external figures. These include the TV presenter June Sarpong, Adele Patrick, the co-founder of the Glasgow Women’s Library, and comedian Geoff Norcott.
Members also include Solomon Elliott, chief executive of classroom news service the Student View, and former BBC executive Tanya Motie, as well as BBC group managing director Bob Shennan, director of content Charlotte Moore and chief HR officer Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth.
The BBC said the new group, which has been created for an initial two-year period, will be invited to “support, challenge and monitor” the broadcaster’s future work around diversity and inclusion.
Director general Tony Hall said: “The BBC must represent the widest range of stories, faces and voices on screen, on air and behind the camera. The combined knowledge, experience and skills of our new diversity and inclusion advisory group will provide a fresh perspective on our ambitions.
“Tom Ilube has a great passion for diversity and inclusion, so I’m delighted that he is taking up this role for the BBC.”