June Sarpong has enjoyed a career spanning more than two decades in the media and entertainment, which has seen her become one of the most recognisable faces of British television.
She is a media phenomenon, and is the only host of her generation that’s equally comfortable interviewing politicians, celebrities and members of the public.
June has also taken on the world's most challenging live audiences, hosting 2005's major Make Poverty History event in London's Trafalgar Square and presenting at the UK leg of Live Earth in 2007. In 2008, alongside Will Smith, she also hosted Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday celebrations in front of 30,000 people in London's Hyde Park.
June Sarpong was awarded an MBE — Member of the British Empire — in HM The Queens 2007 New Year's honours list for her services to broadcasting and charity. In January 2020, she was awarded the OBE — Order of The British Empire, for services to broadcasting.
June has written two books on diversity and equality issues – Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration (2017) and The Power of Women - Why Feminism Works for Everyone (2018). Diversify looks at the social and economic cost of excluding marginalised groups, whilst The Power of Women debunks some of the myths around feminism and highlights why improving female representation in all areas makes a vital contribution to society, business and politics.
She is the cofounder of the global WIE Network (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise). WIE first launched in NYC in 2010 and then in the UK in 2012. This acclaimed conference has featured leading speakers from a gamut of industries, previous speakers include: Sarah Brown, Melinda Gates, Arianna Huffington, Donna Karan, Queen Rania, Nancy Pelosi, Iman and many more. June also co-founded the Decide Act Now (DNA) summit, promoting discussion and innovation.
After living in America for eight years, she moved back to the UK in 2015, and is now a regular panellist on Sky News’ weekly current affairs discussion show, The Pledge.
In October 2019, June Sarpong made history, becoming the BBC’s first ever Director of Creative Diversity, with a remit for developing strategies to support both on-air and production talent representation and portrayal across the BBC, its platforms and its partners, to make the BBC more inclusive and representative of the broad and diverse audience it serves.
June has worked with many reputable brands throughout her career including Natwest, Matalan and Ancestry. She was the ambassador for Superdrug’s Shades of Beauty campaign, to tackle product inequality in high street beauty, with the aim of making it more accessible for black and Asian women to shop affordably on the high street.
She was also announced as part of the Grazia Collective, a line-up of brilliant women ambassadors and recently featured on the cover of Vanity Fair’s ‘En Route’ magazine.