She has a BA in Sociology from Essex and a PGCE from Goldsmiths; after various teaching and youth work roles, she rose to be Director of Education for Lewisham for five years to 2001. Thence to Westminster with the Department for Education and Skills, before joining the administration of Arts Council England in 2007. She left in October, aged 60, looking forward to a portfolio of jobs, and picking up a CBE for her career so far; she's already been made a non-executive director of the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and started as the first chair of the National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries based in Thurrock in September. (And she likes jazz)
Wonderful tribute to the amazing @altheaefunshile from @PeterBazalgette, as she leaves ace_national after nine years of great service.👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/fboXXxBe3q— Kenneth Tharp OBE (@KennethTharp) October 13, 2016
She started following DCMS accounts on Twitter around October 19; news that the DCMS had rejected a nominee for Channel 4 came a week ago.
Perhaps she's being held back for greater things. Let's hope she has a BBC application in the pipeline.