BBC Children in Need appoints new chair

Written by Charity Times staff writer

BBC Children in Need has appointed Rosie Millard OBE as the charity’s new chair.

Millard takes over from Stevie Spring CBE who has chaired the charity for nine years. Her appointment will take effect immediately and will be for an initial three-year term.

As well as chairing the charity, Millard will continue her duties as a journalist, broadcaster, author and deputy CEO of the Creative Industries Federation.

She has been chair of Hull UK City of Culture since 2014, for which she was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours. She was the BBC's arts correspondent for a decade and became a familiar face reporting on arts, culture and showbiz across the network on radio and television.

Speaking of her appointment, Millard commented, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be appointed chair of BBC Children in Need. It’s a great privilege to join an organisation that makes such a difference to the lives of so many children and young people across the UK. I’m looking forward to making my own contribution in the years to come.”

Stevie Spring steps down as chair having served three consecutive three-year terms. Since being appointed to the board of trustees in 2008, Stevie has helped the charity raise over £470 million to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged children and young people around the UK.

BBC Children in Need chief executive added:“We are delighted to welcome Rosie as our new chair. She brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion to the board, which will support the organisation in realising its ambitions for the years ahead.

“I must also thank Stevie for her expertise, energy and commitment, which has enabled the charity to significantly increase its impact over the last nine years. We are enormously grateful for her invaluable contribution.”

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