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Friday, 25 August, 2000, 11:12 GMT 12:12 UK
The Board of governors
BBC Chairman Sir Christopher Bland: Head of the selection panel
The BBC is run by the Board of Governors. They monitor the corporation's performance and standards against set objectives and appoint the Director-General and senior management.

The 12 members of the BBC's Board of Governors sound like the members of any quango, but many are or have been high achievers in their own right.

Their current make-up of the board reflects a deliberate policy on the part of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to appoint more proactive members to public bodies.

The Chairman, Sir Christopher Bland, was appointed by John Major in 1996.

He is a millionaire businessman with wide experience of broadcasting and broadcast regulation: he is a former chairman of London Weekend Television (where his chief executive was Greg Dyke) and deputy chairman of the Independent Broadcasting Authority in the 1970s.

In his youth he was a Conservative member of the Greater London Council. Clever, witty - but can be brisk to the point of brusqueness.

The vice-chairman is Baroness Young of Old Scone, who as Barbara Young was chief executive of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and is now chairman of English Nature. A former health service administrator, she is one of two Scots on the board.

Professor Fabian Monds CBE is the national governor for Northern Ireland and was appointed in August 1999.

A specialist in communications, information systems, data compression and product development, he is the Provost of Magee College, University of Ulster, Londonderry Pro Vice Chancellor (Planning).

Prof Monds is also a member of many bodies including the Northern Ireland Industrial Research & Technology Unit and Chairman of the Northern Ireland Information Age Initiative.

Roger Jones is the national governor for Wales, chairman of Penn Pharmaceuticals and of Gwent Training and Enterprise Council.

Sir Robert Smith was appointed national governor for Scotland in August 1999. He is the chief executive of Morgan Grenfell Asset Management, director of the Financial Services Authority and the Chairman of the National Museums of Scotland Board of Trustees.

Baroness Hogg Sarah Hogg was appointed as a governor in February 2000 and is a non-executive Chairman of Frontier Economics and a Director of GKN, 3i and P&O.

She is also Chairman of the Foreign & Colonial Smaller Companies Trust and on the Council of the Royal Economic Society

Sir Richard Eyre was artistic director of the National Theatre until 1997, and has a long and distinguished career as a director not only for the stage but for film and television.

His work for the BBC includes the award-winning Falklands drama, Tumbledown. Last year he delivered a report on London's opera houses to the Culture Secretary, Chris Smith.

Dame Pauline Neville-Jones was a Foreign Office diplomat for more than 30 years who rose to be political director and deputy under-secretary. She retired in 1996.

Heather Rabbatts rose to public prominence as the chief executive of the London Borough of Lambeth. She is now the head of Impower which aims to help companies handle business transactions with government.

Ranjit Sondhi is a senior lecturer at Westhill College in Birmingham and used to be deputy chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality.

He is also a former member of commercial radio's regulator, the Radio Authority, and is married to Anita Bhalla, a BBC broadcaster in the Midlands.

The last two governors are Adrian White, founder chairman of the water company Biwater and Tony Young, senior deputy general secretary at the Communication Workers' Union.

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