|Chairman of the BBC|
|Member of||BBC Board|
|Term length||Four years, renewable once|
|Constituting instrument||Royal Charter|
|First holder||The Lord Gainford|
The Chairman of the BBC is the head of the BBC Board, responsible for maintaining the independence of the BBC and overseeing the functioning of the BBC to fulfil its mission.The chairman leads the process for appointing the Director-General and can dismiss the Director-General. The chairman of the BBC also acts as the corporation's most senior representative to parliament and the government, including the devolved administrations.
The chairman is formally appointed by the Queen-in-Council, on the advice of the Secretary of State for a four-year term.The current Chairman is Richard Sharp, who succeeded Sir David Clementi in February 2021.
|Term of office||Honour(s)||Prime Minister||Monarch|
| The Baron Gainford |
|18 December 1922||31 December 1926||David Lloyd George|| George V |
| The Earl of Clarendon |
|1 January 1927||1930||Stanley Baldwin|| George V |
| John Henry Whitley |
|1930||3 February 1935|
(Died in Office)
| The Viscount Bridgeman |
|1935||14 August 1935|
(Died in Office)
| Ronald Collet Norman |
|Neville Chamberlain|| Edward VIII |
| George VI |
| Allan Powell |
| The Baron Inman |
| The Baron Simon of Wythenshawe |
|Winston Churchill|| Elizabeth II |
| Alexander Cadogan |
| Arthur fforde |
| The Baron Normanbrook |
|1964||15 June 1967|
(Died in Office)
| The Baron Hill of Luton |
| Michael Swann |
|1973||1980||Baron Swann for Life in 1981|
| George Howard |
|1980||1983||Baron Howard of Henderskelfe for Life in 1981|
| Stuart Young |
|1983||29 August 1986|
(Died in Office)
| Marmaduke Hussey |
|1986||1996||Baron Hussey of North Bradley for Life in 1996|
| Christopher Bland |
|1 April 1996||30 September 2001|
| Gavyn Davies |
|1 October 2001||28 January 2004|
| The Baron Ryder of Wensum |
|28 January 2004||17 May 2004|
| Michael Grade |
|17 May 2004||28 November 2006||Baron Grade of Yarmouth for Life in 2011|
| Anthony Salz |
|28 November 2006||31 December 2006||Knighted in 2013|
| Chitra Bharucha |
|1 January 2007||30 April 2007||Tony Blair||Elizabeth II|
| Sir Michael Lyons |
|1 May 2007||30 April 2011|
| The Baron Patten of Barnes |
|1 May 2011||6 May 2014|
| Diane Coyle |
|6 May 2014||8 October 2014|
| Rona Fairhead |
|9 October 2014||2 April 2017||Barones Fairhead for Life in 2017|
| Sir David Clementi |
|16 February 2017||15 February 2021||Theresa May||Elizabeth II|
| Richard Sharp |
|16 February 2021||15 February 2025|
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