Kate Phillips, Head of Entertainment at the BBC

Kate Phillips is Head of entertainment at the BBC. She is responsible for the entertainment strategy and output of BBC One, BBC Two, and all digital entertainment including BBC Three and BBC Four.

She commissions more than 500 hours of original programmes a year, including shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, Let It Shine, The Apprentice, Top Gear, The Graham Norton Show, MasterChef, Dragons’ Den, Comic Relief and the Bafta Film Awards.

The dynamism, enthusiasm, talent and humour which marked her out early in her career, and led her to attaining such a senior role at the BBC, are the qualities she brings to inspiring others to believe in themselves and to achieve whatever they set their sights on.

Kate was our guest speaker for our Speech Day in 2017. She gave 10 wonderful pieces of advice to the students about both school life and entering the world of work – telling them to work hard and take opportunities that come your way because you never know how far they may take you!