Dr Carol Bell vetoed as BBC's Welsh voice on new Board

BBC's new board will begin its work on April 3rd without a Welsh representative. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images

ITV Cymru Wales has learned the identity of the person blocked by the Welsh Government from the role of Wales representative on the new Board governing the BBC.

The Board, which is made up of 14 members, is due to commence work on the 3rd April and will replace the current BBC Trust.

I understand that the UK Government's preferred candidate to act as the Wales representative was Dr Carol Bell, who holds several roles within public and private sector organisations.

However the appointment was not made after the Welsh Government voiced its objection to the choice of Dr. Bell. In a statement, a spokesperson said: "While we were unable to agree with the Secretary of State’s choice for the post of Board member for Wales, we have made it clear there remain appointable candidates on whom we can agree."

"It is unfortunate that the Secretary of State has been unwilling to have a proper dialogue with us about it. The latter stages of this process have been deeply unsatisfactory and we believe it is in both Wales and the BBC’s interests that we now reopen the process.”

Dr. Bell also told me she did not have a comment on the matter but said she hopes both Governments can agree as it's important for Wales.

A source within the UK Government said Ministers are "very frustrated" by the Welsh Government's veto on Dr Bell's appointment with "raised eyebrows" by Westminster officials.

Dr Bell started her career in oil and gas but holds several roles including a trustee of the Renewable Energy Foundation (a UK think tank) the National Museum of Wales, The Wales Millennium Centre, The British School at Athens and a member of the Council of Cardiff University. She previously was a member of the S4C Authority.