Rona Fairhead

Rona Fairhead

A trifecta of success in the media, the City and Whitehall, has proven Baroness Fairhead as a truly stellar operator.

  • Minister of State at Department of International Trade 2017-19
  • First woman to be Chair of the BBC Trust
  • Former Chair and CEO of the Financial Times Group
  • Wide experience as non-executive director, including PepsiCo and Oracle
  • Advisory Group member of McKinsey & Co and Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing

Professional experience

Since graduating from Cambridge with a double first in Law, Rona Fairhead has accumulated the kind of CV that would stop any prospective employer in their tracks. Prior to landing the job of Chair of the BBC Trust in 2014, she kept a famously low profile (she apparently gave only two interviews in the preceding 30 years) but during that time she spent long periods in senior positions at Bombardier, ICI and the Financial Times, while also accruing a fistful of senior non-executive directorships.

It was during her time at the FT that she worked alongside the famously formidable, Marjorie Scardino. The experience seemed to turbo charge her career and following her high-profile stint at the BBC, she went on to become Minister of State at the post-Brexit Department of International Trade. With this level of elite experience, she brings an enormous amount to the table in her role as Edge advisor.

Beyond the office

She is a qualified pilot and keen skier and scuba diver. She is married to Tom and they have three adult children.

  • Chair experience
  • Creative industries experience
  • Government network
  • Leadership (C-Suite)
  • NED board experience