Downing Street today announced that Sir Andrew Burns - former British High Commissioner to Canada - has been appointed to the BBC's Board of Governors as International Governor.
Sir Andrew Burns, who will take up his new post on 1 July 2005, replaces Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, who stood down from the Board in December 2004.
Commenting on the appointment BBC Chairman Michael Grade said: "I welcome the appointment of Sir Andrew Burns and look forward to working with him.
"His distinguished public service career will benefit licence payers throughout the UK and his wealth of experience of foreign affairs and continuing interest in international issues will serve the BBC's international audiences very well."
Sir Andrew said: "I am delighted to be joining the BBC Board of Governors at such an exciting time.
"The BBC has an enormous role to play in promoting the UK to audiences overseas and reflecting the world back to viewers and listeners at home.
"I look forward to playing my part as International Governor, and to serving licence payers across the UK to ensure the BBC delivers the quality broadcasting they expect."
Notes to Editors
Sir Andrew Burns KCMG is Chairman of the Council of Royal Holloway, University of London, and a Non-Executive Director of JP Morgan Fleming Chinese Investment Trust, which focuses on China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Sir Andrew held a number of positions during his career with HM Diplomatic Service, with a strong interest in India and South Asia.
Most recently (from 2000 to 2003) he was British High Commissioner to Canada.
From 1997 to 2000 he was British Consul-General to the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau; and between 1995 and 1997 was Deputy Under Secretary of State, responsible at the FCO for the Government's bilateral relations outside Europe and for the UK's worldwide trade and investment promotion.
From 1992 to 1995 Sir Andrew was British Ambassador to Israel.
He was Head of the FCO News Department between 1988 and 1990 and from 1983 to 1986 was Press Counsellor and Head of British Information Services in the United States, at the British Embassy in Washington.
He has resigned as Chairman of the Anglo-Israel Association, a post he has held since 2003, and will step down on 30 June.
Sir Andrew has a number of other interests, being a Fellow of the Portland Trust and a Member of the British-North American Committee.
Born in 1943, Sir Andrew is married with two sons and a step-daughter.