Chitra Bharucha

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Chitra Bharucha MBE BS, FRCPath, FRSA, (born 6 April 1945) is a former consultant haematologist and former vice chairman of the BBC Trust, the governing body of the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Born in Madurai, India, she was educated at Ewart School, Madras and Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, gaining her medical qualification before moving to the UK in 1972. Between 1981 and 2000, she was consultant clinical haematologist at Belfast City Hospital and was deputy director of the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service. She was elected to the General Medical Council in 1999 where she served on a number of panels including chair of the Fitness to Practise Adjudication Panels.

In 1996 Bharucha moved into positions in the media industry, serving on the BBC Broadcasting Council for Northern Ireland until 1999. In April 2001 she was appointed Northern Ireland member of the Independent Television Commission, where she served until December 2003 when the ITC was subsumed into Ofcom, and she became a member of the Advertising Standards Authority Council in November 2004.

In April 2002, Bharucha was appointed Chair of the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs for the Food Standards Agency, and in 2006 she was appointed Lay Member of the Review Body for Judicial Complaints.

She was awarded a MBE in the 2008 New Year's Honours List for services to the animal feedstuffs industry.


In October 2006, Bharucha was appointed as Vice Chairman of the BBC Trust, the...
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