Brenda Emmanus

Brenda is a highly respected Broadcaster, Journalist and Presenter with a passion for the Arts known for her thought provoking documentaries for BBC 2, 4 and BBC World. Brenda was awarded an OBE for services to Broadcasting and Diversity in 2019 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Arts in 2020. She has also received a Community Honours Award at the House of Lords, a Baton Award for mentoring and inspiring other media professionals and a Legacy Community Award.


From Arts and Entertainment broadcasting at Channel 4 to news and magazine programmes at the BBC, including Holiday, to being one of the main presenters on the flagship fashion and style programme The Clothes Show, Brenda has also presented Sky’s consumer output Money Matters and Healthy Holidays. She has become a regular face on This Morning with her radio appearances including BBC Radio 2’s The Early Show and entertainment slots on Choice FM.


As a renowned champion of the Arts, Brenda is constantly called upon as a presenter and facilitator by cultural organisations including The National Theatre, Sadlers Wells Theatre, The Art Fund, Frieze Art Fair and the Southbank Centre. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Dance Company, Founding member and Vice Chair of the Creative Diversity Network and Patron of the National Black Women’s Network.


As well as all this, Brenda has a passion for supporting women. She has co-facilitated The One Retreat – a bi-annual weekend support event for women in business, presented an evening for women with PR guru Lynne Franks and was invited to facilitate workshops and mentor young women at the United Nations, Commission for the Status of women event in New York. Brenda is also a long-term supporter of the Women of the World Festival.


Brenda has a keen personal interest in the self-development and popular psychology space. Throughout her career she has constantly mentored young people aspiring to a career in the media or business and is a committed Diversity and Inclusion champion.


Brenda is much in demand as a speaker and host having previously worked with companies such as Royal Bank of Scotland, Ernst and Young, PWC and hosted an eclectic mix of shows and events from the Powerlist Excellence Awards; The Screen Nation Film and Television Awards and several events for the Mayor of London’s office. Her expertise in the Arts and her long standing reputation never leave her short of glowing feedback:


Brenda was brilliant, I thought she was wonderful in her ability to keep calm and adapt on the spot when unplanned changes arose. For example when Caleb read a different poem to the one planned, I quickly messaged Brenda to adapt how she introduced the young poets (who had responded to other set pieces of Caleb’s work) and she edited her script on the spot to ensure the young poets’ work made sense in the context of the event. It’s great working with a chair who can improvise so easily and subtly without making an audience aware of the slight changes to plan. – Stephanie Withers, Penguin Random House

Rahil Ahmad