The BBC has appointed Radio personality and filmmaker Iyare Igiehon and TV talent executive Michelle Matherson to fill the new joint roles of ‘creative diversity partner’.
Igiehon will join the team directed by June Sarpong on 19 October, with Matherson already having returned to the broadcaster last Monday (14 September).
Together, Igehion and Matherson, who will work three days a week each, will be responsible for managing specific projects such as the implementation and delivery of the BBC’s £100m diversity investment and 20% off-screen diversity target, which was announced in June and comes into effect on 1 April 2021.
In addition, the BBC will advertise a new creative diversity lead for disability soon.
The broadcaster said this role will “help ensure that the BBC’s output not only fairly and authentically represents disabled people and their lives, but also pushes boundaries when it comes to the portrayal of disability on screen.”
Miranda Wayland, BBC’s head of creative diversity, said: “Michelle and Iyare both bring a wealth of talent and production experience to the role of creative diversity partner.
“Their work, alongside our new disability lead, will be instrumental in delivering the change we want to see at the BBC and beyond. I am delighted to welcome them to the team.”