On 31 August the UK’s Department of Media Culture and Sport (DCMS) announced Rona Fairhead CBE as their preferred candidate for Chair of the BBC Trust. We can expect her hearing in Parliament soon and likely sign off from the Queen. If appointed, she will have to lead the Trust through the BBC Charter renewal process that must be completed by the end of 2016.
Fairhead is a former Chairman and CEO of the Financial Times Group, and former non-executive director of the Economist Group.She was a also a non-executive member of the board of the Cabinet Office, but stood down due to her selection as the preferred candidate for the BBC Trust Chairman.
Fairhead will appear before the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for pre-appointment scrutiny on September 9 at 10:30AM.