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Waheed Alli

Waheed Alli, Chair

Waheed has over 30 years’ experience across the media, retail, entertainment and technology sectors, having launched and grown a number of highly successful private and public businesses in his career.

Waheed co-founded Planet 24, a TV production company which produced shows such as The Big Breakfast, The Word and Survivor (created by Charlie Parsons). Planet 24 was sold to Carlton Productions, now known as ITV Studios, in 1999.

Waheed co-founded TV production company, Shine, and was Chair of production company Chorion plc, including during its time as a listed business between 2003 and 2006 delivering share price growth of over 275%.

As Founder and CEO of Silvergate Media, Waheed acquired the IP and distribution rights to The Octonauts in 2011, establishing international partnerships with Netflix, Disney and Nickelodeon before selling Silvergate Media to Sony in 2019.

Waheed was also Chair of ASOS plc between 2001 and 2012 where he oversaw market capitalisation growth from £12.3 million at IPO to £1.9 billion.

Waheed Alli has served as a member of the House of Lords since 1998.