Peter Bazalgette and Dr Tracy Long appointed as non-executive directors, Lord Coe will also sit on the board

The new members join David Verey, recently appointed as our lead non-executive director, on the DCMS board. The appointments follow a cross-Whitehall drive to improve governance and overhaul departmental boards, bringing in more business expertise.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

“These appointments create an incredibly strong team on our board whose combined experience across a wide range of sectors will be of huge benefit to my department. Tracy Long has been a member of the DCMS board for some time and will continue to combine a detailed understanding of how the department operates with her wealth of knowledge from the business and media world.

“Peter Bazalgette, alongside his business acumen, will bring to the board particular insight into a broad spectrum of media issues. And Lord Coe’s sporting background and his current role as the Chair of the LOCOG board, helping to deliver the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, will provide a strong sport and Olympic focus.”

Lord Coe has been invited to attend DCMS Board meetings by virtue of his position as Chair of LOCOG. He will cease to attend the departmental board at the point at which he leaves his post at LOCOG.

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