Simon Pitts signs Femi Otitoju for Diversity and Inclusion advisor role at STV

STV has appointed Femi Otitoju to the newly-created position of Diversity and Inclusion advisor.

Reporting to chief executive, Simon Pitts, STV said her work starts immediately.

She has previously worked with L’Oréal, The Financial Times, BBC and Scottish Parliament, as well as national and global NGOs such as Shelter, Unicef and Amnesty International.

She has been tasked with shaping, accelerating and supporting the delivery of STV’s inclusion strategy.

This company said her role will touch on “all areas of STV’s business, providing training, guidance and new insight to STV’s people, its Diversity & Inclusion Committee and network of peer groups”.

She will be engaged in the role through her Challenge Consultancy which she founded 30 years ago.

Her has a strong track record of delivering inclusion strategies and training across private, public and voluntary sectors and is a key-note speaker on equality and diversity issues.

She will work across the company on training but also target production teams to increase representation both on screen and behind the camera and will help address any areas of under-representation.

Last year, STV unveiled plans to more than double the number of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues at STV by 2023, improve on-screen representation in the programmes STV makes for itself and others, and ring-fence £1m from the STV Growth Fund for advertising campaigns championing diversity.

Femi Otitoju said: “I am delighted to be working with STV to support them in building on the work they have already begun in this crucial area.

“Our highly-experienced people at Challenge will work in collaboration with STV to develop greater inclusion in staffing and content.”

STV’s chief executive, Simon Pitts said: “Femi is an inspirational force who has been instrumental in driving positive change across sectors and brings a wealth of experience to her role as our Diversity and Inclusion advisor.

“As a company, we have been making progress on diversity and set ourselves clear targets, but we can and must go faster.

“We look forward to working closely with Femi to increase equality of opportunity both within STV and across the TV industry.”

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