BBC Board

The Board ensures that the BBC delivers its mission and public purposes

The Board is responsible for ensuring we deliver our mission and public purposes. It does this by setting:

  • the strategic direction for the BBC
  • the creative remit for the BBC’s editorial and creative output and services
  • the BBC’s budget and ensuring value for money
  • a framework for assessing performance of the BBC’s UK public services and BBC World Service
  • a framework for the ways in which the BBC must handle complaints
  • a policy on the distribution of the UK Public Services
  • a strategy and governance arrangements for the BBC’s commercial activities
  • a policy on material changes to the BBC’s public service activities and commercial activities.

The Board must uphold and protect the independence of the BBC and make its decisions in the public interest. It is accountable for all of our activities including the publicly funded services, and our commercial activities in the UK and around the world.

The Board demonstrates we are meeting our obligations through the publication of two key governance documents: The Annual Plan and the Annual report and accounts.

The Board has delegated some of its functions to a number of committees.


The Board is led by a non-executive Acting Chair, Elan Closs Stephens, and consists of ten non-executive members, including the Acting Chair, and four executive members including the BBC’s Director-General and Editor-in-Chief, Tim Davie, who chairs the Executive Committee.

Four of the non-executive members are specifically appointed as members for each of the nations of the UK.

The Chairman and the non-executive members for the nations are appointed by HM The King on the recommendation of Ministers while the other members of the Board are appointed by the BBC through the Board’s Nominations Committee.

The Board usually meets monthly and the minutes from these meetings will be published on this section two months after they have been approved by the Board, which usually happens at the next Board meeting.

Board committees

  • Audit and risk committee Responsible for reviewing and maintaining oversight of the BBC’s internal control and risk management processes including those key risks facing the corporation
  • Board Finance Approvals committee The Board Finance Approvals committee is an ad hoc committee which is responsible for reviewing and approving financial cases offline at the Board’s request.
  • Editorial guidelines and standards committee Responsible for developing, and ensuring compliance with, the BBC’s editorial guidelines
  • England committee Advises on the BBC’s performance and services in England and whether it meets the needs of audiences
  • Fair trading committee Responsible for assisting the Board in complying with Ofcom’s trading and separation regulatory requirements
  • Nominations committee Responsible for making appointments to the Board and its committees.
  • Northern Ireland committee Advises on the BBC’s performance and services in Northern Ireland and whether it meets the needs of audiences
  • Remuneration committee Responsible for reward and remuneration strategy across the BBC, including public services divisions and the commercial subsidiaries across the BBC.
  • Scotland committee Advises on the BBC’s performance and services in Scotland and whether it meets the needs of audiences
  • Wales committee Advises on the BBC’s performance and services in Wales and whether it meets the needs of audiences

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