Ken has overall responsibility for BBC Scotland and leads a business with an annual turnover in excess of £150m and which employs 1,250 staff across Scotland.
He is responsible for leading the creative teams which produce more than 15,000 hours of local radio and television content each year and a range of online content.
He is also responsible for a substantial and growing level of network content.
He ensures that BBC Scotland fulfils its public service broadcasting responsibilities in both English and Gaelic.
Ken provides the vision and creative leadership necessary to deliver BBC Scotland's portfolio of multiplatform programmes and services and is responsible for maximising public value through creativity, innovation and efficient use of resources.
Ken is a member of the Management Board.
Salary and total remuneration
Total remuneration: £192,800
These details were last updated in April 2009 when Ken MacQuarrie's salary and remuneration were last adjusted. This information is correct as of September 2014.
Last updated May 2010
Ken MacQuarrie became Director, BBC Scotland in April 2009.
He had been Controller since April 2004 and Head of Programmes from 2000 when he had responsibility for production and commissioning of all BBC output broadcast in Scotland on television, radio and online.
A native of Mull and a Gaelic speaker, he was educated at Oban, Edinburgh University and Moray House College of Education before joining BBC Scotland as a researcher in 1975.
He went on to work as a radio producer for BBC Highland before transferring to television in 1979, where he worked as a producer in Glasgow.
During this period Ken MacQuarrie introduced daily Gaelic children's programmes on television, developed the investigative current affairs programme Prosbaig and launched the award-winning series Eorpa and De a-Nis?
In 1992 he became both Head of Gaelic and Features and of Children's, complementing the output in Gaelic with English language factual programmes and also setting up a children's production base for the UK networks which is now the largest production base for children's television outside London.
Four years later he was appointed Head of Broadcast and in 2000 became Head of Programmes.
Among the major projects he has overseen in that role are In Search Of Scotland, Chewin' The Fat, Still Game, Gruth Is Uachdar (Crowdie And Cream) and Scotland's Empire on television and, on Radio Scotland, Gracenotes, Off The Ball and Lesley Riddoch.
A former board member of the Scottish Film Council and the Celtic Film and Television Association, Ken MacQuarrie has also taken a leading role in a number of BBC internal initiatives such as the move to Pacific Quay.
He is Chair of the Skillset Scottish National Board and Vice-President of the Royal Television Society.
He is married with three children and among his many interests are sailing, reading and walking.
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Ken MacQuarrie had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2009-10
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