Suzanna Taverne, Trustee

About Suzanna Taverne

The BBC infuses every part of our national life; its strengths are its quality and breadth

Suzanna’s wide-ranging career spans finance, education, culture and media, across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. As a Trustee, she brings expertise in digital media and development, aligning organisational culture to business strategy and reconciling commercial activities with public purposes.


Suzanna worked at S.G. Warburg & Co Ltd from 1982 to 1990 as a senior manager in corporate finance. She joined The Independent newspaper as Head of Strategic Planning and subsequently Finance Director at a time when it was becoming the first digitally-produced newspaper. She then worked as a consultant at Saatchi & Saatchi, Director of Strategy and Development at Pearson Plc and Managing Director of FT Finance. In 1999, she became Managing Director of the British Museum, where she oversaw the Great Court redevelopment scheme. From 2002 to 2005 she worked as Director of Operations at Imperial College, London.


Since 2005, Suzanna has pursued a portfolio career. She was a non-executive director at Nationwide Building Society and is currently non-executive director at Ford Credit Europe. She is also a Trustee of StepChange Debt Charity and the Shakespeare Schools Festival and sits on the Advisory Board of Manchester Business School.


Suzanna lives in London with her husband and two children.

Suzanna says:

"The BBC provides the forum for the 'national conversation' and plays a central part in the growth of our creative industries. Our work as Trustees is to safeguard for licence fee payers the BBC’s role as a trusted broadcaster and the pride we all feel for it. We need to ensure that the BBC remains engaging, distinctive and relevant when our homes are filled with multiple screens."