Val Gooding Joins BBC As Director

The BBC has appointed Val Gooding CBE, Chief Executive of BUPA, as an additional non-executive director to the Corporation’s Executive Board.Ms Gooding joins the board from 1 January 2008. The appointment has been made by the BBC Executive Board with the approval of the BBC Trust.

“I am delighted that someone of Val Gooding’s calibre has agreed to join us as a non-executive director. Her impressive track record both in general management in large organisations and in bringing customer focus to decision making will complement the contribution made by the other non-executive directors” Announcing the appointment, Mark Thompson, BBC Director-General, said .

Val Gooding has been Chief Executive of the UK’s leading health insurer BUPA since 1998 and is also a non-executive board member of Standard Chartered and J Sainsbury. She previously worked with British Airways for more than 20 years in a variety of posts including Head of Cabin Services, Head of Marketing and Director of Asia Pacific.

“I am looking forward to making a contribution to the BBC at this time of significant change and opportunity” Val Gooding said .

She is an Advisory Board Member of Warwick Business School, a Trustee of the British Museum and a Non-executive director of the Lawn Tennis Association.

The BBC Executive Board and BBC Trust were constituted under the new governance arrangements set out in the Royal Charter and Agreement which came into effect on 1 January 2007.

The BBC Executive Board now includes a number of non-executive directors – David Robbie, Robert Webb QC, Dr Mike Lynch OBE, Dr Samir Shah OBE and Marcus Agius – along with BBC executives Mark Thompson, Mark Byford, Jenny Abramsky, Jana Bennett, Tim Davie, Ashley Highfield, Stephen Kelly, Zarin Patel, John Smith and Caroline Thomson.

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