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Sir Peter Bazalgette

Major Career Roles:

  • Chair of ITV plc
  • Senior Independent NED of Yougov plc
  • Director of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • NED of the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


Other Career Highlights:

  • Advisory Board Member of Bartle Bogle Hegarty Ltd
  • Chair of the Arts Council England
  • President of the Royal Television Society
  • Chair of the English National Opera
  • Chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation
  • Deputy Chair of the UK National Film and Television School
  • Chair of Sony Pictures Television Production UK Ltd
  • Advisor to Endemol Group BV and Chair of Endemol UK plc
  • NED of Channel Four Television Corp Ltd

Sir Peter has over 40 years of experience in the creative industries and multi-industry knowledge in broadcasting, television, advertising, media, digital media and venture capital. Sir Peter has a strong track record of successfully managing creative businesses allied with deep commercial skills.


Sir Peter is Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Saga plc, Chair of Council of the Royal College of Art and Chair of Lovecrafts Group Ltd, a venture-backed e-commerce company. He is a Non-Executive Director of the UK Department of Education and a Board Member of Creative UK.


Sir Peter is also Chair of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction (The Samuel Johnson Prize prior to 2015) and a Council Member of Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge.


For 20 years, Sir Peter has been an investor in digital businesses, including the global online market researcher, YouGov, where he was on the board for 10 years.


He wrote a review of the UK Creative Industries which became part of the government’s industrial growth strategy, and while at Endemol, he created hit TV formats which were exploited internationally (the basis of his 2005 book, Billion Dollar Game).


Sir Peter’s 2017 book, The Empathy Instinct, explores why people do and do not get on and contains insights about how to handle colleagues and boards.


Sir Peter was knighted in 2012 for his services to broadcasting.