Laura Franses, Head of Growth Fund at Channel 4

Laura Franses holds the position Head of Growth Fund at Channel 4. In that role she manages the team overseeing the £20m fund dedicated to investing in the UK independent production sector, promoting growth in the industry. Since 2014 the fund has invested in 13 companies (Arrow Media, Barcroft Media, Eleven Films, Firecrest Films, Lightbox Entertainment, Parable Ventures, Popkorn Media, Renowned Films, Spelthorne Community Television, TRX, True North, Voltage Films and Whisper Films) and has achieved an exit on 1 (True North). The Growth Fund is actively looking for more companies to join the group of investees.

Laura has extensive experience in strategy, operations and finance for the creative and broadcasting industries. Laura co-founded the Emmy-winning TV production company Nutopia Ltd with Jane Root, which she ran as Managing Director for four years. Prior to that she worked at Zodiak (RDF) identifying and buying TV companies for the AIM-listed super indie, and started out in the UK as a production finance executive at Film4, part of Channel 4. She holds a first class honours degree from Cambridge University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School.

Harriet Palmer