Gail sits on the Penguin Random House Global Board of Representatives and Bertelsmann’s Group Advisory Committee. She was Chair and CEO of Random House from 1991-2013 and a Non-Executive Director of BSkyB from 2002-2012. Gail is currently a Non-Executive Director of Koovs Plc and Belmond Ltd.
Gail chairs the Council of Royal College of Art, the Cheltenham Literature Festival and the Quick Reads charity which she founded alongside World Book Day on behalf of the publishing industry. Gail was voted Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year in 2009; was awarded a CBE in 2000; a DBE in 2009 and appointed a Labour Peer to the House of Lords in 2014.