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Channel 4 Head of Education to lead global gifted children programme

Janey Walker, Director of the International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY)The International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY), an organisation based at the University of Warwick and aimed at the brightest and most creative young people around the world, has just appointed Channel 4’s former Head of Education Janey Walker as its new Director.

Janey served for almost five years as Channel 4’s Head of Education where she led a major strategic shift in Channel 4 Education from TV programmes to digital projects, successfully targeting teen audiences with innovative digital content. That experience will greatly assist her to realise IGGY’s next stage: a new online network offering significant, high quality content to over 100,000 gifted young people across the globe.

Janey Walker said:

“Warwick has a world class academic community and the new IGGY network will link that to gifted and talented young people across the world. Over the last year the IGGY team has joined forces with a variety of partners, including technology leaders IBM and Cisco, to enable IGGY to create a global online community which will attract and engage the world’s most creative young people.

I am delighted to have the chance to lead IGGY in its new phase and to help inspire the next generation of exceptional children.”

Janey will take up her new role as Director of IGGY on 8 December 2011.

The International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY) is designed to nurture the brightest and most creative young people from around the world. IGGY offers members access to a range of projects, challenges and learning programmes that provide genuine opportunities for international engagement and collaboration. It is designed for the top 5% of young people in terms of ability and potential.

Janey Walker was Head of Education at Channel 4 from 2006 to 2010 as well as being Managing Editor of Commissioning from 2000 to 2010. She joined Channel 4 as Commissioning Editor for Arts and Music in 1996. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Television Society 2008, and is currently a member of the Ofcom Content Board.

Further details on IGGY can be found at:

 For further information please contact

Peter Dunn, Head of Communications, University of Warwick
Tel: 024 76 523708 or mobile 07767 655860

PR143 28 November 2011