Liz Warner will be the next chief of Comic Relief

She will take over from Kevin Cahill on 3 October, having had a career as a television executive with Channel 4, the BBC and the production company betty

Liz Warner
Liz Warner

Comic Relief has appointed the television executive Liz Warner as its next chief executive.

Warner will join Comic Relief on 3 October and takes over from Kevin Cahill, who is due to stand down at the end of September after more than 25 years at the charity, the past 19 as chief executive.

Warner was until last year chief executive of the television production company betty, which she founded and where she spent more than 13 years.

Before that she held senior roles at both Channel 4, where she was commissioning editor responsible for the first series of both Grand Designs and Big Brother, and the BBC, where she was deputy head of its youth department.

Warner has spent the past year working with digital start-ups, has been a consultant on digital strategy with a number of media companies and has also mentored women in the media.

Tim Davie, chair of trustees at Comic Relief, said Warner was known as an innovator and had an award-winning body of TV work.

"She has a track record in youth and diversity, and has spent the last year working in digital – all of which make her a great candidate for the future of Comic Relief," he said.

Warner said in a statement: "I have always been hugely motivated by social issues. I really enjoy leading creative teams and working with top talent to do ground-breaking work. I am very interested in brands, business and their evolution. And this unique role at Comic Relief brings all these together."

She will be paid £160,000 a year, which a Comic Relief spokeswoman said was in line with similar charities. 

According to its most recent set of accounts, Cahill was paid £112,290, excluding pension contributions, in the year to 31 July 2015.

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