Heather Rabbatts – Keynote Speaker

member of the Board at the Football Association, and former Governor of the BBC

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Specialist Subjects

  • Leadership
  • Managing change


  • English


Heather Rabbatts has a singular biography ranging across law, Government, sport and media. Beginning her career as a Barrister at Law she then moved to become a government advisor, a senior executive in public services and the youngest CEO in the UK. During this time, she began an on-screen media career as a social commentator and then moved behind the scenes, serving as a Governor of the BBC followed by an appointment as a senior executive at Channel 4 – commissioning programmes across genres and developing a range of talent development initiatives.


Heather has worked in private equity and public markets including the restructuring of Millwall Football Club, securing the involvement of an American investment banker and their sporting promotion. She then became Chairman of Shed Media, a publicly-listed media production and distribution company which was subsequently bought by Time Warner.


Managing Director of international film and TV production company Smuggler Entertainment Heather is also a Non-Executive Director of Grosvenor, one of the UK’s biggest landlords. She serves on the boards of Arts Alliance, the Royal Opera House, and the Football Association, where she also heads the FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board. She has served on the board of Crossrail and in supervisory roles at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the LSE, and the British Council. She was also a non-Executive Director of the Bank of England.

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