Guto Bebb appointed interim chair of S4C

Guto Bebb appointed interim chair of S4C

Guto Bebb, interim chair of S4C. Photo by Chris McAndrew (CC BY 3.0).

Martin Shipton

Former Tory MP Guto Bebb has been appointed the interim chair of S4C for a interval of as much as a yr from the start of April 2024.

The broadcaster has been in turmoil on account of a bullying scandal that led to the dismissal of chief govt Sian Doyle in November 2023. An investigation undertaken by Cardiff regulation agency Capital Law heard proof that Ms Doyle presided over a tradition of poisonous bullying.

The present chair, Rhodri Williams, introduced earlier this yr that he wouldn’t search to be reappointed for a second four-year time period. He will depart on the finish of March. Broadcasting will not be devolved and accountability for S4C rests with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) .


A press release from DCMS mentioned: “The Secretary of State [Lucy Frazer] has appointed Mr Guto Bebb as interim chair of S4C from 01 April 2024 till 31 March 2025, or till a brand new substantive chair has been appointed, whichever is sooner.

“Guto Bebb, who lives in Caernarfon, is the group managing director of the Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) having beforehand been the managing director of FUW Insurance Services Limited.

“Prior to his work with the FUW Guto was the MP for Aberconwy between 2010 and 2019. He is a former Under Secretary of State for Wales, a former Procurement Minister on the Ministry of Defence and was a Senior Government Whip in each the Cameron and May administrations. In addition to his Ministerial roles Guto was additionally a long-standing member of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee while additionally being a member of the Public Accounts Committee throughout his time at Westminster.

“Before his election, Guto was a enterprise advisor and firm director and labored extensively with personal sector companies and public sector organisations in Wales and the broader UK. He was additionally concerned with advising quite a few third sector organisations together with quite a few cultural and humanities initiatives. Guto additionally co-founded a bookshop in Caernarfon and has an curiosity in literature and a robust affinity with the Welsh language and tradition. An avid document collector he would state that he collected vinyl records lengthy earlier than they grew to become trendy once more.

“The course of to nominate a brand new substantive chair of S4C opened to purposes at this time. This interim appointment has been made while this course of is run. The chair of S4C is remunerated at £40,000 every year. This appointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.

“The appointments course of is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any vital political exercise undertaken by an appointee within the final 5 years should be declared. This is outlined as together with holding workplace, public talking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Guto Bebb has declared that he was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Aberconwy till 2019.”


Mr Bebb sat as an Independent for the previous few months of his time at Westminster, having had the Conservative whip withdrawn due to his opposition to Brexit and help for one more referendum on membership of the EU.

Mr Bebb is at the moment a non-executive member of S4C’s unitary board.

At the tip of February S4C printed an motion plan aimed toward restoring confidence in it. A press release issued on the time mentioned: “The Capital Law Report raised severe points and a few of these nonetheless require consideration. We are dedicated to making sure that S4C is a spot the place our colleagues really feel revered, supported, and motivated to carry out at their finest. We are acutely conscious that vital work is required to revive confidence and belief in S4C as a corporation amongst our employees and our stakeholders within the inventive sector.

“Our programme of labor has been developed in session with stakeholders, together with members of employees and the BECTU union. It relies round 4 themes: management, tradition, HR insurance policies and procedures, and governance.”


In phrases of management, the assertion mentioned: “We are striving to revive belief and confidence amongst our employees, who play a significant function sooner or later success of S4C. Leadership constructed on integrity, accountability, cooperation and open communication is essential to constructing a optimistic future.

“The Unitary Board is dedicated to appointing a brand new everlasting Chief Executive as quickly as fairly sensible who will help restore an formidable S4C with a renewed deal with collaboration and the well-being of our colleagues. They can be accountable and accountable to the Board for delivering our technique and laying the foundations for S4C’s continued success.”

Sioned Wiliam has been appointed interim chief govt.

The board additionally promised a change in tradition, stating: “We should be sure that S4C employees really feel the utmost confidence that any issues they might increase can be handled, and considered one of our priorities shifting ahead is guaranteeing a tradition of open communication to that finish.

“Working carefully with the S4C Management Team, a programme can be carried out to make sure optimistic cultural change wherever wanted throughout the organisation.”

The organisation is reviewing its insurance policies and procedures, and can be commissioning a evaluation to make sure that its governance preparations conform to finest apply.

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March 14, 2024 at 05:05PM

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