Lord Tony Hall has been appointed as chair of Frontline’s board, replacing Baroness Camilla Cavendish who stood down following four years in the role.
Lord Hall has had a long and distinguished career, working at the BBC from 1973 until 2001 when he left his role as director of news and current affairs to become chief executive of the Royal Opera House. He was asked to return to the BBC as director general in 2013 to lead the organisation in the wake of the shocking revelations around Jimmy Saville, where he oversaw the implementation of the recommendations from Dame Janet Smith’s investigation and report. He is an experienced trustee and chair of a number of boards, and is a crossbench life peer in the House of Lords.
Mary Jackson, Frontline’s CEO, said: “I am delighted to be welcoming Lord Hall as Frontline’s new chair of trustees and am looking forward to working with him to navigate any challenges and take Frontline from strength to strength.”
“Our board chose Tony from a competitive field because of his vast experience in running organisations and boards, and his strong networks and contacts across a wide range of stakeholders. His clear enthusiasm for Frontline and his passion for the charity’s work also shone through, and I know he will lead us well on the next phase of our journey, as we continue to strive to create lasting social change for children and their families.”
Lord Hall said: “I am proud to be joining Frontline as new chair at a critical juncture in the charity’s development. In just a few years Frontline has made a huge contribution towards helping the over 700,000 children in the UK who need the support of a social worker, and led the development of the future leaders in social work.
“I am looking forward to building on these strong foundations and helping lead their vital work in protecting our children.”
Read more about Lord Hall in his biography.