Lorraine Heggessey Biography
Lorraine Heggessey, trailblazing media executive with unparalleled experience of broadcasting and production, is the former Chief Executive of the production company Talkback Thames. She was the first ever female BBC One controller and is now a motivational speaker and media consultant.
Background and career
By the early 1980s Lorraine had become a producer on the BBC's flagship current affairs series Panorama, and then worked with director Ken Loach on an edition of Hard News which investigated the treatment of trade unionist leader Arthur Scargill by The Daily Mirror newspaper and investigative journalist Roger Cook. When Cook declined to be interviewed for the programme, Heggessey employed one of his own tactics from his television series The Cook Report, "doorstepping" him outside his hotel…
At talkbackThames, Lorraine used her creativity and talent management skills to drive commercial success. She took over the leadership of the company at a critical period, just as its founder and several key executives were leaving. She brought in a new team, revitalized the programming portfolio and increased profits by over 50 percent in her first two years. She was responsible for around 800 hours of television a year, including the UK’s two most popular shows X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent and other hits such as The Apprentice, Grand Designs and QI. Under Lorraine’s leadership, the company trebled its entertainment output, set up a digital division, launched dozens of new titles and won numerous Bafta and Royal Television Society awards. It was named Best Independent Production Company at the Broadcast Awards in 2009 and was chosen by freelancers as the place they would most like to work.
No stranger to controversy, Lorraine sacked Richard Bacon for taking cocaine when she was Head of Children’s BBC. In the early 90s, she produced a series on the history of crime in Britain since the second world that featured interviews with many notorious criminals, including the first ever interview with ‘Mad’ Frankie Fraser. She also turned the tables on Roger Cook by door-stepping him for a Channel 4 Dispatches programme. Whilst working in the BBC’s Science Department, she was executive producer of the Bafta award winning series ‘The Human Body’ presented by Robert Winston, which filmed a man dying and came up with the idea of using Rolf Harris to present Animal Hospital.
Lorraine has always thrived on new challenges. Her early career was as a current affairs producer on ‘Panorama’ and ‘This Week’ where she filmed undercover in Brezhnev’s Soviet Union, went to the Falklands straight after the war and was held under house arrest in Zaire.
Lorraine was Woman of the Year at the Women in Film and Television Awards 2005. She has won the Media Award at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) First Woman Awards and the Bertelsmann Entrepreneur Award.
She is a member of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Corporate Board, and mentors underprivileged teenagers.
Lorraine is a dynamic leader with a strong track record of spearheading radical change. At BBC 1 she led a comprehensive shake up of the channel’s schedule and branding that turned it into the most watched channel in the UK, overtaking its commercial competitor ITV for the first time. She moved the news from 9pm, revamped Saturday nights introducing shows like Strictly Come Dancing and Dr Who and launched a raft of new dramas including Spooks and Waking the Dead. At that time, GQ named her as the third most influential woman in Britain!
Lorraine is the former Chief Executive of the production company Talkback Thames. She was the first ever female BBC One controller and is now a motivational speaker and media consultant.
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25th September 2012
Lorraine Heggessey, chairman of Boom Pictures, and keynote speaker, said that Elizabeth Murdoch showed âconsiderable braveryâ when she delivered the high-profile McTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival, in the wake of News Corpâs core part in the phone-hacking scandal.
11th June 2013
This yearâs Ted Global conference is taking place in Edinburgh at the Edinburgh International Conference Center. Some of the worldâs most accomplished speakers will take to the stage to talk about the political, economic and environmental issues that we face in todayâs society.
2nd November 2011
Director Magazine has awarded Dame Mary Perkins, Specsavers queen, entrepreneur, and retail keynote speaker, the Director of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.
20th May 2011
The North East of England is the venue for the Entrepreneursâ Forum, where a handful of Speakers Cornerâs top talent take the stage to inspire business leaders and aspirational executives from all over the UK. Hamish McRae, Sarah Willingham, Tim Smit, James Timpson, James Cracknell, and Simon Calver are all on the programme, as are Kanya King, Douglas McWilliams, Karen Mattison, John Timpson and Richard Huntingford â all inspiration and charismatic public speakers.
21st February 2011
Sarah Brown, Britainâs ex-First Lady is top of the âTweeteratiâ list, according to The Independent.
30th May 2013
TED Curator and keynote speaker, Chris Anderson, has given his advice and knowledge on how to give a killer presentation.
30th April 2013
Self-help books are increasingly popular among the British public than ever before and an increased number of us are turning to self help books in the hope that they will solve lives problems.
18th April 2013
Business speaker and one of the UKâs leading sports executives, Mike Forde has compared the ideas and practices used in professional football to those used in business environments.
4th April 2013
Keynote speaker and leading futurist, Noreena Hertz has finished her most recent book, which will be published in the US and the UK in September 2013.
25th March 2013
Olympic double skulls champion and motivational speaker, Anna Watkins, has announced that she is pregnant.
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