June Sarpong MBE
June Sarpong MBE is a British media marvel and a champion of diversity in business. A former face of T4 and a prolific interviewer of everyone from politicians to celebrities to members of the public, June sits in a unique position as an awards host and conference facilitator. Her popularity and relevance extends across multiple industries and generations.
Equally comfortable interviewing politicians, celebrities and members of the public, June’s flexibility means she has garnered popularity across multiple audiences; as well as regularly appearing on Loose Women, she was also voted the number one panellist that young people wanted to see on Question Time.
In 2014, she launched Politics in the City.com, an innovative and news internet site. She is also co-founder of the WIE Network (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise), which first launched in NYC in 2010 and later the UK in 2012; since its creation, the acclaimed conference has featured leading speakers from a gamut of industries to inspire the next generation of leaders and collaborative approaches in the workplace.
Always engaged in ethical and social conversations, in 2016 June was announced as the official ambassador for Superdrug’s Shades of Beauty campaign which works to combat issues of race in beauty products on the highstreet.
June’s career began on MTV. During her subsequent nine-year stint as the face of T4, she introduced and interviewed some of the world’s biggest names. Indeed, the ground-breaking Channel 4 special ‘When Tony Met June’ gained her particular acclaim after being granted unprecedented access to the (at the time) British PM.
Since she first stepped in front of the cameras, June has taken on the world’s most challenging live audiences, hosting 2005’s major Make Poverty History event in London’s Trafalgar Square and presenting at the UK leg of Live Earth in 2007. In 2008, she (and Will Smith) hosted Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park - a party of 30000 people.
As well as serving as a director on the Lunchbox Fund’s board (a non-profit that provides daily meals to students in Soweto, South Africa), June has worked extensively with Prince Charles as an ambassador for his charity, The Prince's Trust.
One of the youngest people to receive an MBE, alongside the likes of Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips, June was also appointed an OBE in the 2007 New Year Honours List for her services to broadcasting and charity.
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