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Nicholas Kroll appointed BBC Director of Governance


Category: BBC

Date: 03.09.2004
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Michael Grade, BBC Chairman, announced today that Nicholas Kroll has been appointed Director of Governance.

 

As the BBC's first Director of Governance, Nicholas Kroll will set up and lead the Governors' new department operating exclusively in support of the Board.

 

Michael Grade said: "The appointment of Nicholas Kroll to this important role marks another step forward in implementing the changes to our governance system announced in Building Public Value.

 

"After a thorough and open competition, Nicholas Kroll was the Governors' unanimous choice. His intellectual rigour, broadcasting and wider public policy experience, and proven independence and objectivity will prove invaluable in setting up and directing the new governance unit."

 

The Governors announced in June that in future they will act – and be seen to act – fully independently of the BBC's management and will be resourced properly in order to make informed and independent judgements.

 

The new Governance Unit will include a greater range of expert and independent professionals to advise Governors on the conduct of their duties and to scrutinise proposals coming from management.

 

Nicholas Kroll said: "I am delighted that the Governors have appointed me.

 

"I strongly believe that the BBC's system of governance is the right system for maintaining a BBC that operates in the public interest and is independent from political and commercial pressures.

 

"The changes announced by the Board in June to modernise the way in which the Governors execute their responsibilities will ensure the British public continues to receive and enjoy the BBC it wants and deserves."

 

Nicholas Kroll, who is currently Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, will take up his appointment on 1 October 2004.

 

Notes to Editors

 

Biographical details


Nicholas Kroll has been Chief Operating Officer and Deputy to the Permanent Secretary at DCMS since 2002, responsible for developing and delivering the Department's change management programme and setting new strategic priorities within DCMS.

 

Previous posts at DCMS include Corporate Services Director (2000 to 2002, including a period as acting Permanent Secretary during 2001), Director of Creative Industries, Media and Broadcasting Group (1996 to 2000), Head of Broadcasting Policy Division (1995 to 1996), and Head of the Arts Division (1993 to 1995).

 

He has also worked at HM Treasury where he was Head of the European Community Budget Division (1990 to 1993) and the Head of Banking Policy Branch (1986 to 1990).

 

Previously, he worked at the Department of Transport (1982 to 1986) and the Department of Environment and Transport (1977 to 1982) and is a graduate of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.


Nicholas Kroll is 50 years old and married with two children.

 

Extract from the BBC's Building Public Value (June 2004)


8.3 Clear independence of BBC Governors from management


The Governors in future will act – and be seen to act – fully independently of the BBC's management and will be resourced properly in order to make informed and independent judgements.

 

The Board of Governors will be supported by a dedicated and strengthened Governance Unit, independent of management.


The Head of the Governance Unit, appointed by the Board and reporting directly to the Chairman, will be a senior figure of weight and authority, with the skills and experience to provide reliable and independent support to the Board of Governors.


The Governance Unit will contain staff providing a range of expertise and experience – covering broadcasting industry knowledge, journalistic capability, economics and legal advice. This will enable the Unit to advise Governors on the conduct of their duties and to scrutinise proposals coming from management.


The Governance Unit's staff will report solely to the Chairman and Governors, underpinning the independence of their advice. This is a major change from today, where the staff dedicated to serving the Board have reporting lines both to the Director-General and to the Chairman.


All issues concerning the pay, conditions and career progression of staff while they are within the Governance Unit will rest entirely with the Board.

 

 

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