Kate Rowland created and ran BBC Writersroom, the BBC’s new writing department, was the commissioner for Radio 3’s The Wire, and created the BBC TV Drama Writers Festival.

Kate was the BBC’s Creative Director, New Writing. She founded the pioneering Writersroom, created R3’s ground-breaking strand of new writing The Wire, where she first commissioned writers such as Dennis Kelly, Jack Thorne and Debbie Tucker Green and created the BBC’s TV Drama Writer’s Festival. Kate led development from innovation lab to external partnerships. A multi-award-winning producer and director, she has been a champion of new voices with projects such as BBC Four’s Bollywood Shorts, Cineast and the Original Drama Shorts for BBC iPlayer. She has developed talent such as Lee Hall, Sarah Phelps and Stephen Butchard. Work developed through Writersroom includes In The Flesh, Wolfblood, Boy Meets Girl, and From Darkness. Kate was Head of Radio Drama, and won awards for her radical work with writers; previously she was a director at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Young Vic, Soho Theatres and was founder of Altered States Theatre Co. She is a school governor.