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June Sarpong

June Sarpong MBE has enjoyed a 20-year presenting career during which she has become one of the most recognisable faces of British television. She is one of the UK’s most intelligent and dynamic diversity speakers and event hosts. In 2019, June was appointed as Director of Creative Diversity at the BBC. As their first-ever Diversity Director, she will work to work to ensure that the BBC's content reflects the public they serve.

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About June Sarpong

June Sarpong has an innate talent for inspiring companies and workforces to embrace diversity and inclusion, and empowering women in the workplace. Furthermore, her hosting skills include taking on the world’s most challenging live audiences such as hosting 2005’s major Make Poverty History event in London’s Trafalgar Square.  In 2008, alongside Will Smith, she also hosted Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday celebrations in front of 30,000 people in London’s Hyde Park.

Biography

June began her career at Kiss 100 and later became a presenter for MTV UK & Ireland, but it was when she started on Channel 4’s ‘T4’ that she became such a household name. She was one of the female faces on the show for 9 years. One of her most memorable interviews was with Tony Blair for an exclusive special, ‘When Tony Met June’ in 2005. This provided her with  unprecedented access to the then British Prime Minister.

Working extensively with HRH Prince Charles for ten years as an ambassador for his charity the Prince’s Trust, June campaigned for The One and Produce (RED). Awarded an MBE in 2007 for her services to broadcasting and charity, June was one the youngest ever people to receive an MBE. in 2021 she was awarded an OBE.

June is the co-founder of the WIE Network (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise). WIE first launched in New York in 2010, and then in the UK 2012. This acclaimed conference has featured leading speakers from a wide range of industries, with previous speakers including Sarah Brown, Melinda Gates, Arianna Huffington, Donna Karan, Queen Rania, Nancy Pelosi and Iman.

After living in America for 8 years, June moved back to her hometown of London in 2015, and appeared as a panellist on ITV’s ‘Loose Women’. She is now a regular panellist on Sky News’ new weekly current affairs discussion show, ‘The Pledge’.

In 2016, June was announced as the official ambassador for Superdrug’s Shades of Beauty campaign, to tackle product inequality in high street beauty, with the aim of making it more accessible for black and Asian women to shop affordably on the high street. June was also announced as part of the ‘Grazia Collective’, a line-up of brilliant women ambassadors.

An published author, June released her book ‘Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration In Diversify’. In the book, June puts the spotlight on groups who are often marginalised in our society, including women, those living with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. Diversify uncovers how a new approach to how we work, learn and live can help us reach our maximum potential, lessen the pressure on the state, and solve some of the most stubborn challenges we face.

 

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