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Sir Robert Smith to stand down as BBC National Governor for Scotland


Category: BBC; Scotland

Date: 29.07.2004
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BBC National Governor for Scotland and chair of the Broadcasting Council for Scotland, Sir Robert Smith, has decided to stand down from his post at the end of this year.

 

The move is the result of a number of additional external commitments which will impact on his time.

 

He is currently Deputy Chairman of Scottish and Southern Energy plc and holds non-executive directorships with the Standard Bank Group Ltd and Aegon UK plc.

 

He is also Chairman of the Weir Group plc and was invested as Chancellor of Paisley University in 2003.

 

Sir Robert, who has been National Governor since 1999 and is chair of BBC Children in Need, will leave at Christmas and work will begin soon in the search for his successor.

 

On his decision he said: "I am sad to leave the BBC and BBC Scotland in particular.

 

"However, with work now under way on the Pacific Quay project (where BBC Scotland's new headquarters will be located), Children in Need in its jubilee year and BBC Scotland now moving ahead under the guidance of its new controller, Ken MacQuarrie, I know that I leave an organisation that is able to face the challenges of the future with some confidence."

 

The Chairman of the Board of Governors, Michael Grade, said: "We shall be very sorry to lose Robert Smith who has been very influential as National Governor for Scotland.

 

"I understand that Robert feels that the burden of his external commitments means that remaining the BBC's National Governor for Scotland is unsustainable beyond the end of this year."

 

Ken MacQuarrie, Controller of BBC Scotland, paid tribute to Sir Robert: "As National Governor and chair of the Broadcasting Council Sir Robert has helped to ensure that BBC Scotland remains fully receptive to the views of BBC licence payers.

 

"Under his leadership, the Council played a major role in monitoring the recent review of all BBC Scotland news journalism and his personal vision, commitment and drive have made the new headquarters building at Pacific Quay a reality.

 

"Its completion will be fitting testament to the vast contribution he has made to broadcasting in Scotland.

 

"I know that I echo the sentiments of everyone connected with BBC Scotland in thanking him for his work over the years and wishing him the very best for the future," he added.

 

Notes to Editors

 

Sir Robert Smith was appointed as BBC National Governor for Scotland in August 1999.

 

In 2003 he became Chairman of BBC Children in Need and his term of office as National Governor was extended to July 2007.

 

He is currently Deputy Chairman of Scottish and Southern Energy plc and holds non-executive directorships with the Standard Bank Group Ltd and Aegon UK plc.

 

He is also Chairman of the Weir Group plc.

 

Born on 8 August 1944, Sir Robert was educated at Allan Glen's School, Glasgow.

 

His career in accountancy began in 1963 when he was articled to Robb Ferguson & Co. in Glasgow and he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1968.

 

He then moved to ICFC, now 3i, until 1982 and joined the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1983.

 

From 1985 to 1989 he was Managing Director of Charterhouse Development Capital Ltd.

 

He also held the posts of Chairman and CEO with Morgan Grenfell Private Equity, CEO of Morgan Grenfell Asset Management and was Vice Chairman of Deutsche Asset Management between 2000 and 2002.

 

He has been a director of MFI Furniture Group plc, Stakis plc (of which he was also Chairman from 1998 to 1999), the Bank of Scotland, Tip Europe plc and Network Rail.

 

He was a member of the Financial Services Authority from 1997 to 2000 and is a member of the Financial Reporting Council.

 

As Chairman of the FRC Group on Audit Committees Combined Code Guidance he was responsible for The Smith Report (2003).

 

He is also a member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland and of the Board of Trustees of the British Council.

 

Sir Robert is a Past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland from 1993 until 2002.

 

He is also President of the British Association of Friends of Museums, a position he has held since 1995, and was a member (1988-1998) and Vice Chairman (1996-1998) of the Museums and Galleries Commission.

 

He holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Paisley, where he was invested as Chancellor in 2003.

 

 

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Date: 29.07.2004
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