Ex-ACE boss vetoed for C4 board
Althea Enfushile, who retired as deputy chief executive of Arts Council England in October, has been revealed as the black woman vetoed by DCMS from joining the Channel 4 board.
It has emerged that of the five recommendations as non-executive directors for C4 made to the culture secretary Karen Bradley by the regulator Ofcom four were white men, one was a black woman. Only the latter was rejected by Bradley.
C4’s chief executive David Abraham told staff in a memo that the decision was a “worrying and unprecedented” interference. He said the fifth candidate had been “highly qualified” and her rejection “hard to understand” given the governments’ recently affirmed support for improving diversity on boards
Efunshile was key in negotiations between the Treasury, DCMS and the Arts Council over grant-in-aid, and is credited with having helped broker a turn around in government thinking about arts funding over the most recent comprehensive spending review. She was awarded the CBE in the summer for services to the arts.
A government spokesman told the Daily Telegraph that Bradley had “approved four candidates on the basis that they met the specific skills and experiences set out in Ofcom’s advertised descriptions”.