Two Non-Executive Directors - Channel 4

Body: Ofcom
Appointing Department: Department for Culture, Media & Sport
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Culture, Media & Sport
Location: London with some visits required to other locations
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Communication / Media / Marketing, IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: The appointees will receive appropriate remuneration.
Time Requirements: The time commitment is likely to be up to two days per month, depending on participation in sub-committees. The successful candidate(s) must be able to devote the time required to perform his or her duties satisfactorily; this will mean, in addition to attendance at Board meetings, he/she will be expected to devote appropriate preparation time ahead of each meeting and to attend such other meetings as necessary to carry out their duties.
Closing Date: 29/07/2019 12:00

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Vacancy Description

Channel Four Television Corporation (C4C) is a high profile publicly owned, commercially funded broadcaster transmitting across the whole of the UK and available on all digital platforms (terrestrial, satellite and cable). C4C also operates a number of other services, including the free-to-air digital TV channels E4, More4, Film4 and 4seven, and All4, Channel 4’s free ad-funded video-on-demand service. Film4 production co-produces feature films for the UK and global markets. C4C operates a cross funding business model, with commercially more challenging genres such as original drama and news and current affairs supported by commercially profitable programming on Channel 4 and the other free-to-air channels in the portfolio.



The Board comprises the Chair, Deputy Chair, eight non-executive directors and three executive directors.

The Board provides strategic direction and ensures that C4C’s statutory requirements and public service remit are fulfilled. The Board meets eight or nine times a year.  The majority of meetings are held in London with others held at the National HQ in Leeds and at other Channel 4 locations across the UK.


Person Specification

Role 1 (from 5 December 2019)


  • A professionally qualified accountant and an experienced Finance Director with commercial experience.
  • Able to provide a robust and appropriate level of scrutiny and challenge for the executive team and other Board Members.
  • Able to be an effective Chair of the Audit Committee.
  • Understands and supports Channel 4’s remit.



  • Brings contemporary knowledge and insight into technological developments in the sector.
  • Experience in the broader media sector.


Relevant skillsets include:

Finance Director/Accountancy Qualifications/Audit & Risk Management; Investment; Advertising; Data/CRM/Systems/Digital; Corporate Strategy; Technology; Film; CFO experience


Role 2 (from 1 September 2020)


  • In-depth experience in terms of UK broadcasting content regulation.
  • In-depth insight and perspective on issues relating to news and current affairs at Board level, helping inform and shape   Board responses to the significant developments and challenges in an evolving news landscape.
  • Clear knowledge and understanding of contemporary industry views and issues.
  • Clear ability to be an effective member of the Remuneration Committee.
  • Understands and supports Channel 4’s remit.
  • Brings contemporary understanding of how news provision and consumption is changing in the digital age.


Relevant skillsets include:

News/Journalism; Broadcasting; Regulation; Legal, Government/Parliament; Social Enterprise/Not for profit; Arts/Creative Leadership


The successful candidates will demonstrate strategic thinking, vision and exceptional interpersonal skills, with a good understanding of the importance of strong governance.


How to Apply

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Ofcom on these appointments. Candidates should apply for these roles through our website at using the following code: QAYZE. Candidates should make clear which of the two roles they are applying for in the covering letter.

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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