Sir David Clementi

Chairman of the BBC



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Sir David Clementi, Chairman of the BBC

Roles and responsibilities

  • As Chairman of the Board, Sir David is responsible for upholding and protecting the independence of the BBC.
  • He is responsible for ensuring that the BBC fulfils its mission to inform, educate and entertain and promotes its public purposes.
  • Sir David ensures 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.
  • The Board, under Sir David, also must ensure that the BBC maintains the highest standards of corporate governance.

Term of appointment: 16 February 2017 - 15 February 2021


Sir David Clementi was appointed as Chairman of the BBC in February 2017.

David was Chairman of Virgin Money from 2011-2015, Chairman of Prudential plc. from 2002-2008, and Deputy Governor of the Bank of England from 1997-2002 where, in addition to his membership of the Monetary Policy Committee, he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Bank. Prior to this, he worked at Kleinwort Benson for 22 years, including as Chief Executive.

David’s experience of governance issues covers both commercial and not-for-profit organisations. He has served on the Board of the Financial Reporting Council, responsible for the Combined Code of Corporate Governance. He has also chaired the Audit Committee of Rio Tinto, and acted as Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee at the Royal Opera House.

From 2003-2004, David carried out a review for the Ministry of Justice of the regulatory framework for legal services in England and Wales – the main recommendations of which formed the basis of the Legal Services Act 2007. In 2015 he was asked by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport to review the governance and regulatory arrangements for the BBC, reporting in March 2016.

In addition to his role at the BBC, David is Chairman of King’s Cross Central Partnership. He is an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and an Honorary Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

He was appointed Knight Bachelor in 2004.


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

The Chairman receives fees of £100,000 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.


  • David Clementi had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2019-20
  • David Clementi had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2019-20
  • David Clementi had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2019-20
  • David Clementi had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2019-20

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.