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Sonita Alleyne OBE

Jesus College Cambridge


Sonita Alleyne OBE

Born in Bridgetown, Barbados, and brought up in Leytonstone, East London, Sonita attended a comprehensive school before going to Fitzwilliam College Cambridge. A career in radio followed, and she founded production company Somethin’ Else which she led as Chief Executive from 1991 until 2009.

Sonita also worked as a journalist and broadcaster, hosting and contributing to weekly shows for Greater London Radio, BBC Four and BBC Five.

Sonita has worked extensively as a non-executive Director in both the private and public sector. Board roles have included Artsline, a disability arts access charity; the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; the National Employment Panel; the London Skills and Employment Board; Chair of the Radio Sector Skills Council; a board member of the Local Radio Company as well as newspaper group Archant.

Sonita also founded The Yes Programme, a unique online service helping primary pupils connect what they learn in the classroom with jobs in the real world.

Sonita won the Carlton Multicultural Achievement Award for TV and Radio in 2002. She is a Fellow of The Royal Society of the Arts and the Radio Academy, and in 2003, was awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting.