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Announcing participants in the second BBC Clore Leadership Programme

Clore Leadership Programme and the BBC announces the names of the six talented people recruited for the second year of the BBC Clore Leadership Programme.

This item was last updated on
30 September 2016

This partnership is a key element of the BBC’s ambitious Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.  It is designed to ensure the Corporation is open to the very best talent from all backgrounds and that diversity is hardwired into everything the BBC does. The aim is to increase representation of BAME and disabled employees in senior leadership across the broadcast industry. 

Lord Tony Hall, BBC Director-General said:

“I am delighted to see the launch of The BBC Clore Leadership Programme’s second year. The BBC, as a truly creative organisation, must embrace as many voices and views as possible, as well as giving opportunities to people from all backgrounds. Diverse leadership is more important now than ever before. We need to make sure that we are harnessing the broadest possible creative and strategic views out there; both to overcome the challenges facing us and the opportunities an ever digital world presents.”

The six BBC Clore Leadership Programme participants are:

  • Michelle Agdomar – Legal Advisor Data Protection & TVL (solicitor)
  • Caroline Alton - Senior Broadcast Journalist on News at Six and News at Ten on BBC One
  • Neila Butt - Editor Specialist Programmes, English Regions
  • Brenda Emmanus – Arts, Culture and Entertainment Correspondent, BBC London News
  • Tommy Nagra - Head of Television Religion & Ethics Department, R&E Salford Factual TV
  • Helen Thomas - Editor, Radio 2

In the words of Sue Hoyle, Director of the Clore Leadership Programme: "The Clore Leadership Programme shares the BBC’s commitment to strengthening leadership by finding the very best talent from all backgrounds and embracing diversity in everything we do. Building on the learning and success of the first year of our partnership with the BBC, we are pleased to play a key role in creating opportunities for six outstanding leaders from ethnic minority backgrounds or with disabilities. We look forward to welcoming them onto the Clore Leadership Programme, and helping them develop and reach their potential as leaders." 

All six will take up a 12 month placements alongside BBC executive board members:


Brenda Emmanus - Arts, Culture and Entertainment Correspondent, BBC London News


Brenda is currently BBC London News’ Art, Culture and Entertainment Correspondent, a role which allows her to combine creativity and journalism across television, radio and on-line output. Brenda’s profile rose as one of the co-presenters on BBC One’s The Clothes Show, which she contributed to for five years.


She has since fronted The Terrace, The Midweek National Lottery and features for Holiday, all on BBC One. Brenda has presented The Early Show live on BBC Radio Two, is a frequent guest on Radio Five Live and Radio 4’s Women’s Hour and for several years Brenda fronted the youth magazine programme Megamix for BBC World Service. Brenda is a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts, received a Media Achievement Award from the European Federation of Black Women Business Owners and was a finalist for the EMMA Awards. She is also Vice-Chair of the BBC’s Black and Asian Forum.




Tommy Nagra - Head of Television Religion & Ethics Department, R&E Salford Factual TV


Tommy is currently Head of Television for the BBC’s Religion & Ethics department based in MediaCity UK and oversees programme teams making a range of programmes across all BBC channels. He has worked across the broadcasting sector in a number of leading roles including Head of Business Development at BBC Birmingham where he was responsible for leading the revival of this important BBC base, spearheading the move of new jobs and investment including the BBC Academy and the formation of the Digital Guerrilla Unit.


He was Head of Channel Development and Partnerships for BBC Childrens, where he played a role in devising a new digital strategy at CBBC and CBeebies and Channel Executive for BBC Two, where he worked alongside controllers and commissioners on a range of TV content spanning all genres.






Michelle Agdomar - Legal Advisor Data Protection & TVL (solicitor)


Michelle is a solicitor who works in the BBC’s Legal Division. She has worked with the Intellectual Property Litigation team where she handled matters involving key BBC entertainment brands. She currently provides data protection advice to clients across the BBC Group including TV Licensing, Global News and Marketing and Audiences. She has advised on critical projects such as the MyBBC personalisation programme and delivers data protection training to BBC staff across the UK.


Prior to joining the BBC she worked as a lawyer in private practice both in New York and London. She has worked on several high profile media litigation matters including representing Charlotte Church, and Frankie Boyle and provided reputation management advice to prominent music industry clients such as One Direction and Queen.



Neila Butt - Editor Specialist Programmes, English Regions


Neila Butt has been with the BBC for nearly 14 years working in various roles. Her current role is Editor of Specialist programmes for English Regions, during this time Neila put on the BBC’s first ever African Caribbean Comedy night at the BBC’s Radio Theatre. She also led the ‘My Ramadan’ project across the BBC.


Before this she was an Editor at the Asian Network covering Events and Music including the Queens of Melody concert in Bradford with the BBC’s Philharmonic Orchestra, and ‘100 Greatest Bollywood Songs’ celebrating the centenary of Indian cinema. She also presented an award winning BBC2 documentary, ‘Marrying My Cousin.’  Neila subsequently worked at Radio WM, BBC Drama, Factual, building her career at  Asian Network in the Newsroom and then as a programme maker, before making the move to English Regions.


Helen Thomas - Editor, Radio 2   


Helen Thomas joined Radio 2 in 2003 and has been working with Chris Evans for much of that time, picking up six Sony Radio Academy Gold Awards in the process. She is now an Editor at the station overseeing a large amount of the daily output of Radio 2 including the breakfast show, and other key parts of programming as well as leading production to maximise Radio 2’s digital output.


Helen is also the Creative Director of the 2016 Radio Festival, the festival brings together leading figures and experts from across the media and UK audio industry, with speakers already confirmed including LBC’s Katie Hopkins; Radio 1’s Scott Mills; Senior Director of YouTube, Stephen Nuttall and Nick Robinson of Radio 4’s Today programme.





Caroline Alton - Senior Broadcast Journalist on News at Six and News at Ten on BBC One


Caroline is a Senior Broadcast Journalist, currently working as a Senior Television Producer on BBC One's News at 10. She produces films and works closely with presenters, senior correspondents and broadcast teams in the studio and on location.


She's created content for both radio and television throughout her 20 year career, including Radio 4's Today programme and the BBC News at Six. Previous roles at BBC News include Royals Producer, Washington DC Producer and Newsnight Producer. She has worked extensively throughout the UK and abroad producing films, live coverage and radio reports on a diverse range of major national and international news events.



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