With an extensive media career, including over 25 years with the BBC, Anita’s roles have included setting up the BBC Asian Network in the West Midlands, working as a news correspondent and documentary maker, as well as holding the posts of Head of Political and Community Affairs in England, Editor of the BBC’s Public Space Broadcasting and President of Circom, a European-wide group of public service broadcasters.
An Independent Member of NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, Anita also holds positions as Chair of Performances Birmingham (Town Hall and Symphony Hall); Chair of the Creative City Partnership; Director of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership; Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company; Trustee of The Children’s University; council member of Warwick University; and Chair of the Leadership Commission for the West Midlands Combined Authority.
With a strong commitment to public service, she is also a Commissioner on The Chancellor’s Commission (Warwick University), member of Birmingham’s Social Inclusion Commission and has previously held positions as Chair of Midlands Arts Centre and was a governing body member of Birmingham City University.
Anita has won several awards, including the Commission for Racial Equality’s Race in the Media National Television News Award and the Windrush Broadcaster of the Year. A former High Sheriff for the West Midlands in 2012, she is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and holds honorary degrees from Wolverhampton University, Birmingham City University and Warwick University.
In 2009 she was awarded an OBE for her services to broadcasting and communities.