Portrait Dame Heather Rabbatts

Dame Heather Rabbatts

TimesUp UK, Chair



Meet the gamechangers. From the microcosm of film sets to global movements, we will explore the moments when people reject the current reality. What do we really need to change in order for a genuine cultural shift to happen? How has intimacy coordination changed the way we look at safety and transparency on set? How do we battle existing toxic structures.


Dame Heather Rabbatts has a singular biography ranging across law, Government, sport and media. Dame Heather began her career as a Barrister at Law, she then moved to become a government advisor, a senior executive in public services and the youngest CEO in the UK.

During this time she began an on-screen media career as a social commentator and then moved behind the scenes, serving as a Governor of the BBC followed by an appointment as a senior executive at Channel 4 – commissioning programmes across genres and introducing a range of talent development initiatives; for example, setting up a screenwriters’ course for theatre writers with the Young Vic, a documentary director feature programme, and a major screenwriting initiative for young people living on deprived estates in Birmingham.

Heather has worked in private equity and public markets including the restructuring of Millwall Football Club, securing the involvement of an American investment banker and their sporting promotion. She then became Chair of Shed Media, a publicly-listed media production and distribution company which was subsequently bought by Time Warner.