new BBC Governors appointed
Sondhi's term as Governor for the English Regions extended
Street today announced that Dame Ruth Deech and Angela Sarkis have
been appointed Governors of the BBC.
will take up their posts on 23 October 2002 for a four-year term.
Street also announced that Ranjit Sondhi's term as Governor for
the English Regions is being extended by four years until October
a statement BBC Chairman, Gavyn Davies, said: "I greatly welcome
the appointment of Ruth Deech and Angela Sarkis and look forward
to working with them.
bring a broad range of experience which should make them both valuable
members of the Board of Governors.
am also pleased that the term of office of Ranjit Sondhi has been
extended. He is a great champion of the English Regions and brings
real insight to the Board's deliberations."
Ruth Deech and Angela Sarkis replace Heather Rabbatts and Tony Young,
who left the Board in December 2001 and July 2002 respectively.
Sondhi was appointed Governor for the English Regions in August
1998 for a four-year term of office. Since the end of July, when
his first term ended, he has been Governor-designate pending confirmation
by Downing Street of his extended term of office.
Deech was born in London in 1943. She was educated at Christ's Hospital
and St Anne's College, Oxford, where she graduated with a First
in Law in 1965, followed by an MA from Brandeis University in the
USA; she was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 1967.
was a Fellow and Tutor in Law at St Anne's College from 1970 until
she was elected Principal of the College in 1991.
has published in the fields of Family Law and Property Law. She
was Chairman of the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
(HFEA) from 1994-2002.
HFEA was established by legislation in 1990 to consider ethical
questions arising from advances in medicine, and to regulate research
and treatment of infertility.
Deech is an Honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple and a Rhodes Trustee,
a Governor of University College School, an Honorary Fellow of the
Society of Advanced Legal Studies and a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Oxford
was created DBE in the Queen's Jubilee Birthday Honours.
Sarkis is an independent consultant with wide experience of voluntary
organisations, the public sector, faith communities and charitable
was Chief Executive of the Church Urban Fund from 1996 to January
also has a background in the Probation Service and the Family Service
is experienced in working with disadvantaged communities and individuals.
has developed several programmes across Britain, which support vulnerable
families, crime prevention, educational opportunities and employment.
She was a trustee of BBC Children in Need from 1996 to July 2002.
has contributed to a number of government Committees and Advisory
Groups and is currently a non-executive director on the Correctional
Services Board at the Home Office, a member of the Interim House
Of Lords' Appointments Commission and Adviser to the Department
for Education and Skills on teacher workload management.
chairs the NCVO Diversity Project, is a member of the Active Community
Unit Advisory Panel at the Home Office and Vice-President of the
African Caribbean Evangelical Alliance.