Tommy Nagra

Tommy was appointed Director of Content for BBC Children In Need in June 2018 and works with programme partners across the BBC heading up all content for the charity

As part of his Clore Fellowship he was seconded to work with the Mayor of Londons Culture & Creative Industries department where he led the development of a Young Peoples Leadership Development Programme to be rolled out as part of the Mayors London Borough of Culture initiative to be rolled out in 2019. He also worked alongside James Purnell , the BBC's Director of Radio & Education where led the implementation of a culture change programme in the division.

Previously , he was Head of Television for the BBC’s Religion & Ethics department based in MediaCity UK and oversaw programme teams making a range of programmes from documentary, features and worship programming through to Live OB’s and Events for all BBC Channels , covering all faiths.

He has been voted by the Media Guardian as one of the Top 10 Multicultural Media practitioners in the UK and alongside numerous awards for programmes, he was honoured at the inaugural Carlton Mullticultural Television Awards for Outstanding achievement in Broadcasting as well as receiving a Mentor Special Recognition Award at the CDN Awards held at The Royal Opera House in 2010. In October 2018 he was awarded Outstanding Contribution to Media at The Asian Media Awards for his body of work showcasing multicultural Britain over a 25 year career

Tommy has worked across the broadcasting sector in a number of leading roles including Head of Business Development at BBC Birmingham where he was responsible for leading the revival of this important BBC base , spearheading the move of new jobs and investment including the BBC Academy and the formation of the Digital Guerrilla Unit ; Head of Channel Development & Partnerships for BBC Childrens, where he played a key role in devising a new digital strategy for kids at CBBC and CBeebies ; and Channel Executive for BBC Two, where he worked alongside controllers and commissioners on a range of TV content spanning all genres.

He has also worked in the Independent Sector as a Senior Executive Producer at Maverick Television where he headed up a range of Specialist Factual output for Channel 4, More 4 and BBC 1. Prior to moving North, Nagra was a Non-Executive Director at the regional screen agency, Screen WM, and worked alongside Board Members and Chief Executive in defining the agencies strategic vision of growing investment for the regions film, television and digital media industries. In the North, he is a trustee of The Salford Foundation, an agency working with disadvantaged communities and creating pathways into industry.

In 2015 , Tommy successfully graduated from the EBU Executive Leadership programme run by the IISE Business School and involved interrogating business models of global digital companies and new emerging trends for broadcasters .

How the Fellowship impacted me

The Clore Fellowship helped define my core purpose in aspiring to make a difference

How I am using my skills for change

My current role at Children In Need was inspired by my desire to make a difference and address disadvantage - themes which were nurtured by the many change makers amongst my cohort of Clore Fellows and the exposure I was given to inspiring leaders in the Creative Cultural sector