The BBC today confirmed Dame Fiona Reynolds will be its next Senior Independent Director. Dame Fiona will take up the post in December and will be a member of the new BBC Director-General’s Executive Board.
Her appointment follows Marcus Agius's decision to step down in November following two terms as Senior Independent Director. Dame Fiona currently holds the post of BBC Non-Executive Director, chairing the BBC Executive Board’s Fair Trading Committee. She is also the Director-General of the National Trust, though she will step down from this position by the end of the year.
Commenting on the appointment, the BBC Director-General, George Entwistle, said: “Fiona will bring wisdom and energy to the role. And we have much to learn from her about what it takes to build an exceptional relationship with your public, following her tremendous success at the National Trust.”
Dame Fiona added: “It is a huge privilege to be asked to be the Senior Independent Director at the BBC. I look forward to working with my colleagues to provide support and challenge to the senior team as the BBC moves forward under George’s leadership.”
A biography on Dame Fiona Reynolds can be found here.
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Notes to editors
Dame Fiona Reynolds, 54, has been Director-General of the National Trust since January 2001, when membership was 2.7 million. It has since reached 4 million, and turnover is up from £199m in 2001 to in excess of £420m.
The BBC currently has six non-executive directors including the Senior Independent Director (SID) on the Executive Board.
Recruitment is done via the Executive Nominations Committee.
Non-executive directors first joined the BBC Executive Board in line with the current Charter (with effect from 1 January 2007). Marcus Agius was the first non-executive director appointed, and was appointed as the SID at this time.
The SID generally provides a key contact point for the Chairman of the Board (BBC Director-General), representing all of the non-executives.