The BBC has appointed Stephen Kelly as Director, BBC People, the Corporation's
human resource division. Mr Kelly will join the BBC on 2 October 2006, succeeding
Stephen Dando, who moved to Reuters in April.
Mr Kelly, 40, is currently Chief Human Resources and Change Officer, BT Global
Services, BT's worldwide business solutions and services business.
In his role
he will be responsible for the full range of HR functions including training and
development, resourcing, employee relations, reward, organisation design and
This will also include responsibility for the recently
outsourced HR services.
Stephen Kelly was born in Kilmarnock and began his career at the British
Railways Board, where he spent 10 years undertaking various positions in human
resources, culminating in him becoming Personnel Director, Eastern
Infrastructure Division, which was bought by Balfour Beatty in 1994 where he
remained as a Divisional HR Director until 1997.
In 1997 he joined NPI as
Divisional HR Director until January 1999 when he joined BT.
During his time at BT he has undertaken three major roles, initially joining as
Compensation Strategy Director, before becoming VP Global Organisational
Development and International Reward in October 1999, based in Reston, Virginia
He was appointed to his current role in early 2002, where he has played a
pivotal role in the company's transformation, having been responsible for
driving the overall people and change agenda within BT Global Services.
he was also responsible for the introduction of a new global commercial and
operating model across the world, as well as the initial post acquisition
integration of three international businesses BT acquired in 2005, based in Los
Angeles, New York and Milan.
Announcing the appointment, BBC Director-General Mark Thompson said: "I am
delighted to be able to announce Stephen's appointment.
"He brings not only wide
experience in all of the components of human resource management, but also a
very significant track record in change management embracing organisation and
culture change in large and complex organisations.
"We will only be able to
deliver the vision for programming and content we set out in Creative Future if
we have a strong, creative and well-motivated workforce, and Stephen's role in
leading the central HR team towards a more strategically focussed operation will
be vital in delivering this.
"We look forward very much to him joining the BBC."
Stephen Kelly said: "I am very excited to be joining the BBC at this critical
time of radical change in media and broadcasting.
"People are at the very heart
of the BBC's proposition now and in the future, and I look forward to making a
contribution to helping the BBC meet the challenges of the digital age."
BBC Press Office