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Manchester High School for Girls


At 7pm on Tuesday 21st February, Alice Webb, Director of BBC North and BBC Children's will take to the stage at MHSG to deliver our 2017 Founders' Lecture.

The Founders’ Lecture intends to bring distinguished speakers to Manchester High to engage in topical debates and broaden our perspectives. 

The event is free to attend and is open to all pupils, their families, alumnae, friends of Manchester High and other local schools, colleges and universities. 

As we expect this to be a popular event we do ask that you reserve your seat with the Development Team: 0161 224 0447 or 

Alice Webb, Director of BBC North and BBC Children's

Alice has consistently made the top 20 of Business Insider’s Women 100 list. The annual list ranks the region’s most influential women and features leading figures from the worlds of education, professional services, retail, manufacturing, property and the media.

The BBC is the leading children's broadcaster in the UK, investing huge amounts in home grown content that reflects all of its audience. In September 2015, Alice launched the BBC's Big Digital Plan for Children, outlining how the corporation will keep pace with the rapidly changing way in which children consume content. This was followed by the launch of a dedicated children's iPlayer app in April 2016. 

Passionate about the BBC’s presence in the north, Alice’s extended remit will see her drive creativity, collaboration and local partnerships across the whole of the north of England, building on what has been achieved in the last five years. She has already played a huge part in the success of BBC North since the move in 2011 and is relishing the opportunity to lead the BBC right across the North in her increased role and championing it to the whole of the BBC. 

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Prior to joining BBC Children’s, Alice was Chief Operating Officer (COO), BBC England - overseeing all aspects of technology, people, workspace, migration and future ways of working across the BBC sites in Salford, Bristol and Birmingham. She also led a comprehensive review of BBC training and oversaw the BBC's end-to-end digital production capability. 

From 2011 to 2014, Alice was Chief Operating Officer (COO) for BBC North and successfully orchestrated the biggest BBC move outside of London when key BBC departments including Sport, BBC Children's, 5 live and BBC Learning moved to Salford.

Alice joined the BBC over a decade ago from PA Consulting Group where she worked with organisations including Orange, The Cabinet Office, Reuters and Deutsche Bank. In her first BBC role with Vision Productions (in-house television producers making everything from Strictly Come Dancing to EastEnders) Alice played a central role in reshaping how the world's biggest programme making operation went about its business.