James is responsible for developing the BBC's strategy in the run up to Charter Review and the BBC's centenary.
He also leads on Education and the Ideas Service for the BBC.
James is an Executive Board member for the BBC's Children’s and Learning departments.
James is Director, Strategy and Education at the BBC.
He first worked at the BBC in the 1990s, as Head of Corporate Planning. He had previously been a research fellow on IPPR's media project, and before that was a strategy consultant in media and telecommunications at Hydra Associates.
He left the BBC to be Special Adviser on the Knowledge Economy, including Internet and broadcasting policy, to Tony Blair after he became Prime Minister.
He was elected Member of Parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde, before becoming Secretary of State for Culture and then for Work and Pensions. He resigned from the government in June 2009, and stood down from Parliament at the 2010 Election.
Before rejoining the BBC, James has been Senior Producer at Rare Day, an independent production company, and an adviser to the Boston Consulting Group.
Salary and total remuneration
Total remuneration: £295,000
These details were last updated in August 2013 when James Purnell's salary and remuneration were last adjusted. This information is correct as of March 2016.
Expenses and central bookings
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James Purnell had no e-expenses paid in Q4 2015-16
James Purnell had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2012-13
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