Director of BBC Trust Nicholas Kroll to retire

Nicholas Kroll Nicholas Kroll will leave in June

The director of the BBC Trust has announced his retirement.

Nicholas Kroll, who is 59, will retire from the BBC at the end of June. He has been director of the trust since it was established in 2007. Prior to that he was director of governance at the corporation, a job to which he was appointed in 2004.

Kroll's main responsibilities include running the trust and acting as a principal adviser to the chairman and trustees.

Speaking of his retirement, Kroll said: "At the end of a career in the public service, it has been a privilege to serve BBC governors and BBC trustees under three chairmen for a period approaching 10 years.

"During that period I believe the governance of the BBC has become stronger. The recent review of governance led by Lord Patten and Tony Hall will add to the Trust's capacity to hold the BBC to account on behalf of licence fee payers."

Trust Chairman Lord Patten said: "Nicholas has been an outstanding public servant, exactly the sort of person that I hope will continue to be recruited in Whitehall and beyond. He has worked tirelessly and intelligently for BBC licence fee payers. All who have enjoyed working with him so much will miss him and wish him well for the future."

Kroll joined the civil service in 1977, becoming chief operating officer of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport before joining the BBC.

A successor to Kroll will be sought.

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