Miranda Wayland has been appointed as the BBC’s Head of Creative Diversity.

Miranda will champion diversity in the creative community and work with key industry stakeholders to deliver the BBC’s on-screen diversity ambitions, with a specific focus on production, content and suppliers along with partnership within the creative industry.

This newly created role reports to June Sarpong, Director of Creative Diversity. The team will work closely with Anne Foster, the BBC’s Head of Workforce Diversity & Inclusion and her team within HR.

June Sarpong, BBC’s Director of Creative Diversity, said, “Miranda is one of the most experienced and talented Diversity leads in the creative sector, her deep knowledge and passion will help to drive forward the inclusive change we wish to see at the BBC and within the industry as a whole. I feel incredibly lucky to have her as part of my team.”

Miranda Wayland said, “I’m thrilled to be working with June to help drive the Creative Diversity strategy for the BBC ensuring the diverse voices and talents within our industry are included and better reflected across our outputs and productions.”

This spring the BBC will host its first ever Creative Diversity Festival, and the preeminent BAME-focused creative festival in the world.

The three-day celebration will connect the best of BAME creative talent with the BBC and the industry at large, and will be a key focus for the diversity teams at the BBC during the first half of 2020. In December the BBC outlined a three-part plan designed to significantly improve representation of - and opportunities for - disabled people on and off air this year.

Miranda moves across to content from the BBC’s Workforce Diversity & Inclusion team, where she had been acting Head of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion, having worked in the team as HR Business Partner.

She joined the BBC in 2017 as BBC Studios Diversity lead. Before the BBC from ITV, she had been diversity manager having worked for the broadcaster for a decade.

She previously worked at Youth Culture Television as Progression Supervisor.