Monday 20 April 2015

Lord Hall of Birkenhead

Director General of the BBC

This event is co-hosted with Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, Chair of the Natural History Museum.

Lord Hall of Birkenhead

Lord Hall of Birkenhead was appointed Director General of the BBC on 22 November 2012. He is the 16th Director General of the BBC.

Prior to this, Tony was Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House from April 2001 until April 2013. He joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1973 and during a 28 year career at the Corporation he held roles including Senior Producer at World at One, Assistant Editor of the Nine O’Clock News, Output Editor for Newsnight, culminating as Chief Executive of BBC News from 1996 to 2001.

He is passionate about education and skills within the cultural industries. He was the founder Chair of Creative & Cultural Skills and Chairman of the Musical and Dance Scheme. He spearheaded the development of the new High House Production Park in Thurrock, Essex. He has been Chair of Stratford East Theatre, and Honorary Visiting Fellow of Journalism at City University, a member of the Regeneration Through Heritage Steering Group, a board member of Race for Opportunity, a former non-executive director of HM Customs and Excise and was a member of the Council for Brunel University.

He was appointed a CBE in 2005 and in 2010 was created a life peer with the title Baron Hall of Birkenhead. He sits on the Crossbenches in the House of Lords.

Lord Stephen Green

Lord Green was created a Life Peer in 2010 and was appointed Minister of State for Trade and Investment on 11 January 2011.  He retired from this position on 9 December 2013.

Lord Green began his career in 1970 with the British Government’s Ministry of Overseas Development.  In 1977, he joined McKinsey & Co Inc, management consultants, with whom he undertook assignments in Europe, North America and the Middle East. He joined The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in 1982 with responsibility for corporate planning activities, and in 1985 was put in charge of the development of the bank’s global treasury operations.  In 1992, he became Group Treasurer of HSBC Holdings plc with responsibility for the HSBC Group’s treasury and capital markets businesses globally. In 1998, he was appointed to the Board of HSBC Holdings plc as Executive Director, Investment Banking and Markets.  He became Group Chief Executive in 2003 and Group Chairman 2006.  He retired from HSBC in December 2010.

Lord Green was Chairman of the British Bankers’ Association from 2006 to 2010.  He also served as a Trustee of the British Museum and is an honorary trustee of Peking University.  He served as a non-executive director of BASF.se until 2010. He was appointed Chairman of the Natural History Museum in April 2014, and has just taken on the Chairmanship of the Advisory Council for TheCityUK.