Lord Holmes takes on a new role with Channel 4.

The broadcaster, like the BBC, is a state network and as so television regulator Ofcom is required under the Broadcasting Act 1990 to appoint non-executive members to the Channel 4 Board, subject to the approval of the Secretary of State. Today they announced Chris Holmes, Lord Holmes of Richmond, MBE, has been appointed Deputy Chairman.

Chris Holmes was already a Non-Executive Director of Channel 4, joining the Board in December 2016. He takes up his new position with immediate effect. He replaces MT Rainey, whose term ended in December 2017.

Lord Holmes is Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer, winning nine gold medals. He was also Non-Executive Director at UK Sport, where he helped develop the strategy which led to Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic success at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

He was LOCOG’s Director of Paralympic Integration, responsible for the team that planned and delivered the London 2012 Paralympic Games, including negotiating broadcasting and commercial deals.

Holmes entered the House of Lords in 2013. His areas of interest include diversity and inclusion, the potential of technology, and culture, media and sport. He co-chairs the all-party groups on fintech and assistive technology, and is a member of the group focusing on the fourth industrial revolution. He has been a member of House of Lords select committees on artificial intelligence, digital skills, social mobility and financial inclusion.

He has more than 25 years’ broadcast experience, and gave his maiden speech in the Lords on the contribution of broadcasting to the UK economy.

Lord Holmes is director of a change, insights and innovation consultancy. He also chairs a London 2012 legacy initiative, the Global Disability Innovation Hub, and is diversity adviser to the civil service. He is Chancellor of BPP University, and a former lawyer at a City firm where he specialised in M&A and pensions law.

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