Dame Pippa Harris left OHS in 1985 and went on to read English at Cambridge.
She is a leading figure in theatrical, TV and film production circles. In 2003, she co-founded Neal Street Productions with Sam Mendes and Caro Newling, and prior to this she was a script editor at ITV and Channel Four, a development executive at BBC Films and an executive producer for BBC Drama Serials. She produced Warriors and Love in a Cold Climate amongst others before becoming Head of Drama Commissioning for the BBC in 2001. Commissions during her time there included Daniel Deronda and The Lost Prince.
Dame Pippa has executive produced several films including Things We Lost in the Fire and Revolutionary Road, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. For TV, she produced Stuart: A Life Backwards, starring Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch, and she also executive produced Call the Midwife, Penny Dreadful, The Hollow Crown and Britannia.
Dame Pippa is the Chair of BAFTA and a board member of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.