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Dame Jenny Abramsky DBE

Dame Jenny Abramsky joined the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund as Chair in October 2008.  She was previously Director of BBC Audio & Music, a member of the BBC Executive Board, with responsibility for all BBC national radio networks, for the BBC’s digital radio services, and for music across television, radio, online and live events.  She has spent her working life at the BBC, where she launched BBC Radio Five Live, BBC News Online and BBC News 24 as well as 5 digital radio stations. She was the first and to date only woman editor of the Today programme on Radio 4 hiring John Humphrys as presenter.

She is Chair of the University of London’s Board of Trustees, Chair of the Royal Ballet Governors, a Trustee of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, Governor of the Birmingham Royal Ballet and an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. Previously she served as Chair of Hampstead Theatre, Trustee of the Central School of Ballet, a member of the Arts and Media Honours Committee, Governor of the British Film Institute and on the Economic Social and Research Council.

She was awarded the CBE in 2001 for services to Broadcasting, and was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours list.