The Lord Patten of Barnes, CH, PC

CHAIRMAN BBC TRUST

Chris Patten, now Lord Patten of Barnes, was the first member of his family to go to university.  He received an exhibition to study at Balliol College, Oxford, and upon graduating was offered a graduate traineeship with the BBC. He turned this down to go into politics. 45 years on, Patten was appointed by Queen-in-Council as chairman of the BBC Trust, bringing years of wisdom and public sector experience to the table from his life in politics, diplomacy and higher education. As chairman, Patten leads the trust in its custody of the public interest in the BBC. 

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