BBC Three controller Fiona Campbell & Aleema Shivji join Comic Relief’s top team

11th September 2020

Aleema Shivji joins Comic Relief as Executive Director for Impact & Investments and Fiona Campbell joins Comic Relief Trustee board

Comic Relief has announced two new exciting appointments to its top team with BBC Three Controller, Fiona Campbell, joining the Board of Trustees and Humanity and Inclusion’s UK CEO, Aleema Shivji, appointed as the new Executive Director of Impact and Investment.

Aleema Shivji will be joining the Executive Leadership Team in January 2021 and will lead Comic Relief’s Social Change strategy and global philanthropic funding.

She is a dynamic leader who is passionate about building a more inclusive, equitable world, with 20 years’ experience in the public sector and in international development including across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. She is stepping down as the UK CEO of Humanity & Inclusion, an international charity working with vulnerable people affected by conflicts, disasters and poverty.

Fiona Campbell has a wealth of entertainment expertise that will be invaluable when planning the charity’s high-profile Red Nose Day and entertainment-led fundraising campaigns. Fiona leads content commissioning and strategy across BBC Three, which is best known for popular brands such as RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Fleabag, This Country and Normal People.

Prior to joining BBC Three in January 2019, Fiona was Director of Digital BBC News and focused on engaging younger more diverse audiences and created the BBC Stories strand that focuses on the value of community building and listening. Fiona is a supporter of the BBC’s Women in Leadership group and the BBC’s RISE employee mentoring scheme.

Aleema Shivji said: “Comic Relief's vision of a just world free from poverty strongly aligns with my values. As communities cope with the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, I am excited to help shape the future of their funding and ensure there is even greater impact with the vital, outstanding projects they support."

Ruth Davison, Chief Executive of Comic Relief said “After a period of change in the summer it is fantastic to warmly welcome Aleema. Her strong vision for equality and social change will help us grow from strength to strength as we deliver key strategies and campaigns over the next months."

Fiona Campbell said: “I’m hugely excited to join Comic Relief and help this remarkable charity reach even greater success. Their unique ability to use the power of comedy, laughter and entertainment to help raise positive social change and raise millions for good causes is just brilliant. I already have many fun ideas for Red Nose Day 2021 so watch this space!"

Eric Salama, Chair of Comic Relief said: “Fiona is at the heart of delivering some of the nation’s freshest entertainment and engaging with younger audiences and is an incredible addition to our Board.”


Notes to editors:

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  2. Comic Relief has diverse professional range of trustees from varied backgrounds with wide ranging expertise. Founder Richard Curtis continues to be closely involved, while trustees include Rupert Morley, Chairman and CEO of Rococo Chocolates, Jacqueline Onalo, a multi-award-winning human rights lawyer, and Dr Sue Black a Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert. For more information on our trustees visit

About Comic Relief

Comic Relief raises money to support people living incredibly tough lives. Through humour and stories of hope, we’ve shown that people can make a massive difference. We fund hundreds of amazing organisations who are working on the ground to support the most vulnerable people and communities in society including many of those hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis. This includes vulnerable children and young people, people who are homeless or who have been forced to flee their homes, women and families at risk of domestic abuse and those struggling with existing or new mental health problems. For information about Comic Relief and the work it carries out, please visit

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