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Appendix B: Curriculum vitae of Miss Anna Carragher


Member, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority 2006—

Chair, Grand Opera House Trust, Belfast 2007—

Council Member, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust 2009—

Commissioner, The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland 2009—

Member of Independent Assessment Panel, UK City of Culture, 2010

Previous Board experience

Board member of the Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission 1995—2001

Board member of RAJAR, the radio industry audience research body, 2002—2006

Board member of Business in the Community, Northern Ireland 2001—2006

Member of the Sony Radio Academy Awards Committee 2003—2006

Career history

2000—2006: Controller, BBC Northern Ireland

Editorially responsible for all BBC NI output on television, radio and Online, local and network, and managerially responsible for all staffing, financial and operational matters. 680 permanent staff, plus around 100 freelance/contract staff; budget responsibility for £75m.

1995—2000: Head of Programmes/Broadcasting, BBC Northern Ireland

Responsible to Controller NI for developing BBC Northern Ireland's editorial strategy and for implementing that strategy through commissioning radio, television and online content.

1992—1995; Editor European and Correspondent Programmes

Responsible for number of programmes on Radio Four and Radio Five Live including From Our Own Correspondent, Letter from America, Europhile and Newstalk

1992: Editor, Election Call

1989—1992: Producer, Any Questions and Any Answers, Radio 4

1985—1989: Producer, Question Time, BBC ONE

1983—1985: Producer, Newsnight, BBC TWO

1982—1983: Producer, Breakfast Time from launch of programme

1975—1982: Producer and Duty Editor, Today Programme, Radio 4; included period as Radio News New York Producer, 1977 and a period working in television documentaries, 1979.

1970—1974: Studio manager, BBC Radio

During BBC career member of numerous working parties, including Charter Review 1992 and 2002, devolution of broadcasting, pay and reward, broadcasting in indigenous languages, diversity and women in media.


BA Hons, English Language and Literature, Queen's University, Belfast

St Dominic's High School, Belfast


I am divorced and have two sons, one daughter and two grandchildren.

Interests include the arts, particularly books, theatre, opera and film; hill walking, cooking, bird watching.

I am actively involved with a number of charities including War on Want Northern Ireland and Action Medical Research. I also do voluntary work in Holloway Prison, teaching prisoners radio skills

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