Channel 4 has today announced several key senior appointments who will be based in its new Nations and Regions offices.

The appointments include senior commissioning roles based at Channel 4’s National HQ in Leeds and its new Creative Hubs in Bristol and Glasgow.

Founder of Bristol-based Marble Films and former BBC Documentaries Executive Sacha Mirzoeff (Drugsland, KoKo The Human Gorilla, Wastemen, Protecting Our Foster Children) will become Factual Commissioning Editor and Head of Hub at Bristol. Gwawr Martha Lloyd (Keeping Faith, Bang, Hinterland and Hidden), currently drama commissioner at S4C and previously a producer at the BBC, will become Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor, Scripted, also based in Bristol.

Will Rowson, currently executive producer at True Vision, (Muslims Like Us, The World’s Busiest Waterway, Panorama, Famous Rich and in the Slums) and Harjeet Chhokar (Junior Doctors, Ambulance, MisFITS Like Us, How to Get a Council House, Secret Life of 4 & 5 Year Olds) will take up roles as Commissioning Editors, Factual, based in Leeds. And Deborah Dunnett (Love it or List It, Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas and Holiday of My Lifetime with Len Goodman), most recently Channel 4’s Nations and Regions Manager, becomes Commissioning Editor, Popular Factual, based in Glasgow.

The latest hires come after Jo Street was recently revealed as Channel 4’s new Head of Daytime, based in Glasgow, and follow previous appointments of Sinead Rocks as Channel 4’s Managing Director, Nations and Regions, Caroline Hollick as Head of Drama and Head of Sport Pete Andrews based in Leeds.

Channel 4’s Director of Programmes Ian Katz said: “It’s incredibly exciting to see our 4 All The UK strategy begin to take shape and I’m so pleased with the calibre and range of different talents we’ve appointed in our first wave of N&R hires.

“The latest appointments along with Caroline, Jo and Pete give a real sense of the creative firepower we will have in Leeds and across our Creative Hubs, and how the move will change the face of the channel.”

In addition to the senior commissioning editor roles announced, Rebecca Holdsworth will become Channel 4’s Leeds-based as Commissioning Executive, Drama, where she’ll be joined by Victoria Roye who becomes the broadcaster’s Off Screen Talent Executive. Izzy Francke will join Channel 4 as a Creative Diversity Executive in Bristol.

Other Commissioning Editor roles based in Leeds, Bristol or Glasgow still yet to be filled cover a range of genres including Factual, Popular Factual, Entertainment, Daytime; News and Current Affairs. Other positions to be based in Channel 4’s new offices include an E4 Digital Executive; Comedy Digital Executive; Digital Executive; Creative Diversity Executive and several Factual and Popular Factual Digital Development Executives as well as programme co-ordinators and team assistants.

Staff Reporter

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