Saturday, September 17, 2016


Let's take a weekend canter around names that Egon Zehnder might put into a shortlist for the first chair of the new BBC unitary board, now Theresa and Karen have eased out Rona.

First - the usual suspects...
Dame Colette Bowe, former civil servant, former Ofcom chair, now 70
Dame Patricia Hodgson, former BBC eminence grise, now chair of Ofcom, 69

Too late now ?
Sir Christopher Bland, former LWT, BBC and BT chair, now 78
Lord Grade, former BBC chair, now quondam Radio 2 presenter, 73
Sir Richard Lambert, former FT Editor, CBI DG, now Chancellor of Warwick University, 71

Last time's outrider, beaten by Rona.....
Nick Prettejohn, BBC Trustee, Chair of Scottish Widows, 56

Why not ?
Dame Fiona Reynolds, former National Trust boss, now Master of Emmanuel Cambridge, and Lord Hall's favourite Senior Non-Executive Director, 58
Andy Street, plain-talking John Lewis MD, chasing a Tory gig as Mayor of Birmingham, 53
Archie Norman, former Tory MP, now stood down as ITV Chair, 62

Wild cards
Martyn Rose, former barrister-turned entrepreneur, Tory donor, left ENO in a huff last year, worked with Theresa May on "Get Britain Working", 68
Dame Marjorie Scardino, former boss of Rona at Pearson, not currently overworked as non-executive director at Twitter, 69

I have discounted Noel Edmonds, Sir Philip Green, David Dimbleby, Jeremy Clarkson and many others who will appear on Paddy Power lists. Happy to re-post your suggestions, anonymously or otherwise......

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