Alex is the Chief Executive of Channel 4. She has an interest in diversity and inclusivity which is shown in her work mentoring underrepresented groups. She is a founding member of the women’s development network WITs END, which focuses on the tech industry; and launched Channel 4’s policies to support employees experiencing menopause or pregnancy loss, which were among the first of their kind in the UK media industry.


Biography

The first female Chief Executive of a major UK broadcaster, Alex Mahon is the CEO of Channel 4 and has transformed it into a digital-first public media company. She is a passionate supporter of equitable representation and launched Channel 4’s policies to support employees experiencing menopause or pregnancy loss which were among the first of their kind in the UK media industry.

Alex was previously CEO of Foundry, the design, visual and 3D effects software firm under its ownership by Hg Capital. She was also CEO of Shine Group, and was responsible for all content strategy, including the launch of global scripted divisions, and the rollout of formats internationally. Prior to this, Alex’s career in media included roles at Talkback Thames, and FremantleMedia. Before her move into technology, Alex spent fifteen years running creative production companies with a focus on high growth, and international and entrepreneurial businesses.

In speeches Alex looks at the key principles of how to embed diversity, inclusion and then equity in your organisation and why it matters, and why in leadership it’s important to create an honest and open culture, and how to take risks and be creative. After doing significant research on Gen Z, she also considers generational differences.

She has been Chairman of the Royal Television Society Programme Awards, Non-Executive Director of the Edinburgh International Television Festival, a member of the DCMS Advisory Panel on the BBC and the UK government Creative Industries Council, and an ambassador for London Tech Week. Alex is a founding member of WITs END, a women’s development network focused on the tech industry, was the recipient of Variety’s International Achievement in Television Award and has been honoured with an International Royal Industrial Fellowship.

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Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Speakers
Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

Please join us in our JLab studio near Oxford Circus at 08:30am on Tuesday 30th April for our next speaker’s breakfast event. Following our sell-out event for IWD back in February, we will be joined by three fantastic speakers for an exploration of the uses, myths and concerns surrounding AI.

Location

JLA, 14 Berners Street, London

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Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Speakers
Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.

Location

Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH

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