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Katie Derham is one of British television’s most recognisable faces having anchored the ITV news for a number of years and, more recently, as the face and presenter of the BBC Proms.
Katie started at the BBC as a researcher on Radio 4’s Moneybox and Financial World Tonight. After stints on business programmes like Moneycheck, Business Breakfast and Working Lunch, she became a reporter on Barry Norman’s Film 96 & 97. In 1998, she joined ITN as the Media and Arts Editor for ITV News and at the age of 27, became the youngest newscaster on British national television since ITN’s creation.
For five years she covered global showbiz events, including the Academy Awards and Cannes Film Festival, and hosted the Classical Brit Awards four times. She then presented ITV Lunchtime News for six years before taking a leading role as an anchor in the coverage of elections, royal weddings and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In addition to her TV career, Katie hosted Classic FM’s Hall of Fame concert for eight years. She is currently a presenter on BBC Radio 3’s Afternoon On 3 and Breakfast programmes, and has been fronting the coverage of the BBC Proms for BBC Two and Radio 3.
Katie has also been a judge for various literary awards including the Whitbread Prize and the Lost Booker Prize. In 2008, she took on the challenge of trying to conduct the BBC Concert Orchestra for BBC Two’s Maestro. Katie Derham and her family have shown a long-term commitment to sustainability. Her husband, John Vincent, founded the Leon chain of restaurants, that is one of the founders of the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
While presenting the recent BBC Proms season, Katie has dressed, whenever possible – which has been most of the time - in sustainably sourced outfits from many of the MADE-BY partner brands, including, among others, Ted Baker and Edun.
As a MADE-BY ambassador Katie is keen to learn more about sustainable fashion and how it can be developed and expanded in today’s fashion market. She hopes to share her findings with a wider audience and help MADE-BY make sustainable fashion a more common practice. Katie Derham is a shining example that sustainable brands can compete at the highest level in the glamour stakes.