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BBC appoints new Head of Workforce Diversity & Inclusion

Category: Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace, Diversity & Inclusion, diverse workforce

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Anne Foster has been appointed as the BBC’s Head of Workforce Diversity & Inclusion to help strengthen the BBC’s drive to be the best place to work in the media industry.

Anne joins at a time when the BBC is more diverse that it has ever been - but there is still much more to do, including ensuring greater diversity in leadership.

She will be responsible for implementing strategies which ensure the BBC is a modern and diverse workplace, committed to promoting and ensuring inclusion and valuing diversity at all levels of the organisation.

She will work closely with June Sarpong, who was recently appointed as the BBC’s Director of Creative Diversity and who will lead our work to increase representation on air and ensure that our content reflects the public we serve.

Anne joins the BBC from Sony Pictures Entertainment where she held the position of Director of Diversity, Leadership and Organisational Development. She was previously Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the House of Commons. She is a member of the Government’s Race Disparity Advisory Group; an Associate of Inclusive Employers; and a member of London South Bank University’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group.

Bob Shennan, BBC Group Managing Director, says: “I’m thrilled to welcome Anne to the BBC in this new role. She brings with her a huge amount of knowledge and experience and will make sure we go further in building a truly diverse and inclusive workforce.”

Anne Foster says: “I am excited to be joining a creative and diverse organisation like the BBC. I’m passionate about making inclusion an everyday reality for everyone and look forward to championing inclusion and promoting diversity. I’m also looking forward to working closely with June Sarpong. Together I think we can make a real difference.”

Anne will take up her new role in January, and will report in through Wendy Aslett and Rachel Currie, who have jointly been appointed to the role of Group HR Director.

I’m passionate about making inclusion an everyday reality for everyone and look forward to championing inclusion and promoting diversity.Anne Foster

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