Ian Hargreaves CBE

Non-executive Director
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Ian Hargreaves CBE, Non-executive Director

Roles and responsibilities

  • As one of the non-executive directors on the BBC Board, Ian is responsible for upholding and protecting the independence of the BBC by acting in the public interest and exercising independent judgement.
  • He is also responsible for ensuring that the BBC fulfils its mission to inform, educate and entertain and promotes its public purposes.
  • Ian 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: 2 April 2020 - 2 April 2023


Ian Hargreaves CBE is Professor of Digital Economy at Cardiff University. He has spent most of his career in the news industry where his roles included deputy editor of the Financial Times, editor of the Independent, editor of the New Statesman and director of BBC News and Current Affairs. He was a founding board member of Ofcom.


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.

Ian Hargreaves receives an additional £5,000 p.a. as chairman of the Editorial Guidelines and Standards 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.


  • Ian Hargreaves had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2019-20
  • Ian Hargreaves had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2019-20
  • Ian Hargreaves had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2019-20
  • Ian Hargreaves 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.