Dr Ashley Steel

Member for England
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Dr Ashley Steel, Member for England

Roles and responsibilities

  • As one of the non-exec directors on the BBC Board, Ashley is responsible for upholding and protecting the independence of the BBC by acting in the public interest and exercising independent judgement.
  • She is also responsible for ensuring that the BBC fulfils its mission to inform, educate and entertain and promotes its public purposes.
  • Ashley helps ensure that the Board’s decision-making is in the public interest, informed by the best interests of the audience and with appropriate regard to the impact of decisions on the wider media market in the UK.
  • Non-executive directors play a key role in ensuring that the BBC maintains the highest standards of corporate governance, particularly with respect to financial reporting, internal control and risk management.

Term of appointment: 3 April 2017 - 2 April 2020


Dr Ashley Steel is a non executive director on the boards of National Express plc, the Civil Aviation Authority and Ince & Co, an international law firm. She is a founding member of the global advisory board for Out Leadership, a New York based organisation helping Chairmen and CEOs on LGBT business issues.

Previously, Ashley was Vice Chairman at professional services firm, KPMG. During her time with the firm she worked in over 40 countries advising both listed companies and national governments.

She also held global leadership roles for the firm’s transport and infrastructure practice and, while based in the USA, for its global technology and media practice.


The fees for non-executive directors of the BBC Board are set by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Non-executive directors receive a base fee of £33,000 per annum.

Ashley Steel receives an additional £5,000 p.a. as chair of the England Committee.

Total fees paid each year: £38,000 per annum.

Expenses and central bookings

Expenses are costs incurred by BBC staff on behalf of the BBC and claimed through the BBC's expenses system.

Central bookings are costs incurred on behalf of the BBC and booked through the BBC's central bookings system. Both expenses and central bookings are published every three months.


Gifts and Hospitality Register

Gifts and hospitality may only be accepted in line with BBC policy. Information about gifts and hospitality is published every three months.


  • Ashley Steel had no gifts or hospitality to declare in 2018-19
  • Ashley Steel had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2017-18
  • Ashley Steel had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2017-18
  • Ashley Steel had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2017-18
  • Ashley Steel had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2017-18

Declaration of personal interests

Staff must make a declaration of their personal and business interests, including any memberships or directorships of public or industry bodies, and any shareholdings, as well as any interests that their immediate families may also have.

A summary is published where there is something to declare and where there is nothing to declare. Occasionally an individual will have something to declare but due to the personal nature of the declaration we do not publish details as to do so would breach the General Data Protection Regulation.

This information is published annually, although if any amendments are made during the year an updated summary will be published if necessary as soon as it is available.