Tessa Ross was Controller of Film and Drama and head of Film 4, responsible for developing and financing films including The Last King of Scotland, Slumdog Millionaire, Hunger, This is England, The Iron Lady, Shameand Twelve Years a Slave. During her earlier stewardship of Channel 4 Drama, Ross successfully innovated the strategy that cemented a reputation based on risk and innovation, commissioning programmes such asShameless and White Teeth. Before joining Channel 4, Tessa helped launch the BBC's Independent Commissioning Group. Tessa was appointed CBE in the New Year 2010 Honours List and received a Bafta in 2013 for Outstanding British Contribution to Film. She was briefly Chief Executive of the National Theatre, where she continues to work as a consultant.