OW Appointed as BBC Director-General

Old Whitgiftian, Tim Davie (OW 1980-85) has been appointed Director General of the BBC. He will become the Corporation’s 17th Director General in September, when Lord Tony Hall steps down.

After attending Whitgift, Tim went to Cambridge University before embarking on a career in marketing, which saw him work for Proctor and Gamble and PepsiCo before joining the BBC as Director of Marketing, Communications and Audiences in 2005.

During his time at the BBC, Tim worked as interim Director General (after George Entwhistle resigned in 2012) for six months, and most recently as CEO of BBC Studios (formerly BBC Worldwide).

Tim stood as a councillor for the Conservative Party in Hammersmith in 1993 and 1994 and was Deputy Chairman of the Hammersmith and Fulham Conservative party in the 1990s. In 2018, Tim was awarded a CBE, for services to international trade. He is Chairman of Comic Relief, a Trustee of the Tate and the Royal Television Society, and in 2018 was appointed as Chairman of the Creative Industries Council.