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Su-Mei Thompson

Su-Mei Thompson is CEO of Media Trust, a non-profit organisation which works with the media and creative industries to give charities, marginalised communities and young people a stronger voice while helping the media sector to be more responsible and representative. Media Trust provides charities with media and comms skills training delivered by its industry partners and matches charities looking for pro bono comms support with media industry volunteers. Meanwhile, Media Trust’s youth programmes are giving young people from under-represented groups the skills, access and mentoring to break into the media.

Su-Mei has been a long-term advocate for greater equality, diversity and inclusion and empowering young people to reach their potential.

Previously, Su-Mei was CEO of The Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong. She started her career as a corporate lawyer at Linklaters and has held senior management positions at The Walt Disney Company, the Financial Times and Christie’s.

Su-Mei joined the Board of Commissioners of the Equality & Human Rights Commission in 2020.

She was an Associate Producer of the award-winning documentary “She Objects” which explores the media objectification of women and her TEDx talk “Dying to be Thin” has been viewed over 130,000 times.

Su-Mei also serves on the Orwell Foundation board, the Bradbury Foundation board, the ENO’s advisory board, WACL (Women in           Advertising & Communications London)’s campaign committee and is a Council Member of Cheltenham Ladies College.

She holds law degrees from Cambridge and Oxford and an MBA from IMD.

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