Samir Shah has worked in broadcasting for over thirty years, the last 14 of which have been spent running Juniper. He has established a track record for high quality journalism and excellent documentaries on a wide ranging subjects. He is not afraid to tackle sensitive subjects and has built up a reputation for insightful, powerful and journalistically demanding factual programmes ranging from politics, contemporary history, drama docs to issues surrounding race. He is highly regarded as an executive producer by both the BBC and commercial channels. He has worked with many talented writers, directors and politicians over the years.
Prior to taking over Juniper in 1998, Samir was with the BBC working as head of current affairs and political journalism across radio and television. Samir career started at the London Weekend Television as a tv researcher and by the time he left LWT he was series producer on several different shows.
Samir was awarded an OBE in 2000 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Television Society in 2002 and a Fellow of the RSA in 2008. He was a former Trustee of the Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture (2004 to 2006), former Chair of the Runnymede Trust (1999 to 2009) and former chair of Screen West Midlands. In August 2006 Samir was appointed a Special Professor in Post Conflict Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Nottingham. Samir was appointed a Non-Executive Director on the BBC Board between 2007 and 2010. He is currently Deputy Chair of the V&A Museum.
In June, 2014 Samir was made Chair of the Geffrye Museum.
Samir is a Manchester United season ticket holder.