I studied Physics at Queen Mary University of London, and Management at the University of Bradford School of Management. Several years later, I qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and more recently as a Chartered Global Management Accountant.
As a management consultant and financial management specialist, I advised many organisations and completed many successful company turnarounds. My international career spanned many diverse sectors including aeronautics, broadcasting, leisure, media, gold mining, oil exploration and international trade.
I pursued further studies and research at City, University of London, gaining MA and PhD degrees in Arts Policy and Management. The scope of my doctoral research covered organisations in the profit and not-for-profit creative industries sector. I identified key contemporary arts and cultural issues for further debate, including the management and leadership of cultural organisations. I also outlined the case for a new model of major arts funding in England.
For many years, I was a political activist and a member of the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council. I sought the Conservative Party candidacy for the 2008 London mayoral election. In 2010, I stood as Conservative Party council candidate for the Wormholt & White City ward, Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council election.
I continue to have a special interest in international relations and foreign policy.
“The extent to which the
audience feels its trust betrayed
… bodes ill for the BBC. In the
long term the loser will be
public-service broadcasting itself;
the winners the revengists of ‘old’
Dr Robert Frew reflects on the role of the BBC Trust
The BBC Trust Chairman Sir Michael Lyons, has recently revealed he will not seek to be re-appointed in the role when his four-year term ends next May.
A few weeks ago, in a letter to Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Sir Michael said the Trust was robust, workable and effective … with much remaining to be done. So what of the background that led to the formation of the BBC Trust and its future ?
The BBC Trust replaced the BBC’s Board of Governors in January 2007. The Government said it was intended to ensure an “unprecedented obligation to openness and transparency”. But one of its first announcements was that the BBC Trust would review the corporation’s UK news coverage, which, whilst seeming even-handed to some, was seen by others as an insidious first step to totalitarianism : more like a politburo flexing its muscles. Continue reading “BBC Trust”