Dame Carolyn McCall, chief executive of ITV plc, has been appointed as a member of the Government’s Levelling Up Advisory Council.

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The Levelling Up Advisory Council provides independent specialist advice on matters relating to the design and delivery of the levelling up missions.

The Council has a wide-ranging remit and helps support the Government’s push to deliver more jobs, growth and opportunities across the country and ensure no area is left behind.

Dame Carolyn brings a wealth of experience to the role, with a track record in operational excellence and business transformation. She has previously been chief executive of easyJet and has held various commercial and management roles at the Guardian Media Group, including CEO of the Guardian and Observer before becoming Group CEO in 2006.

Andy Haldane, chair of the Levelling Up Advisory Council, said:

I am absolutely delighted to welcome Carolyn to the Levelling Up Advisory Council.

She has the deep business and regional expertise and experience essential to making a success of levelling up and unlocking the potential in places.

Dame Carolyn also sits as a non-executive director on the Board of Bridgepoint plc and Board of Trustees for the Royal Academy Trust. She has previously serviced as non-executive director of Lloyds TSB, Tesco plc and New Look Group plc.

She was awarded a Damehood for services to the aviation industry in 2016, having received an OBE in 2008 for services to women in business.

Dame Carolyn added:

I’m pleased to be appointed to the Levelling Up Advisory Council, given how important this is for the UK’s growth. ITV is a global company but one that is firmly rooted in the UK – nearly half of our UK employees are outside of London in bases across the UK with many in the north of England.

As a result, we are particularly interested in ensuring that the UK as a whole has a strong economic base, good job opportunities and effective infrastructure. I’m very happy to be able to help contribute to thinking and advice in this area and to help deliver tangible, positive change.

More information on the Levelling Up Advisory Council is available here.

Published 28 April 2023