Paralympic Gold medal winner Tanni Grey-Thompson and Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate gallery, have been appointed to the new BBC Board which replaces the BBC Trust from next month.
The pair will take up non-executive posts on the board, which merges many of the responsibilities of the Trust and BBC Executive, and will be joined by retail and consumer executive Simon Burke, Ian Hargreaves, Professor of Digital Economy at Cardiff University, and technology entrepreneur Tom Ilube.
In addition to the five non-executive directors the board will include BBC Executives Tony Hall, the broadcaster’s Director-General, Anne Bulford, Ken MacQuarrie and Tim Davie.
Sir David Clementi, who was named chair of the new board in January, said: “I’m delighted to have been able to put together such a talented board with a broad range of skills and experience who will be able to ensure the BBC remains a first class broadcaster.
“The Board will push the BBC to offer the highest quality, hold its executives to account on delivery, while protecting its independence to ensure licence fee payers get the very best programmes and services.”
The board will be responsible for setting the BBC’s strategic direction and creative remit, as well as setting budgets for UK public services and the World Service, while regulation of the BBC will move to Ofcom in line with other UK-based broadcasters.