Following his involvement in a post-Hutton review, Tait joined the former BBC Board of Governors on 1 August 2004. He replaced Baroness (Sarah) Hogg who left the Board at the end of her four-year term of office. During his time on the board, he was the chairman of the Governors' Programme Complaints Committee, which heard appeals against complaints regarding BBC programmes.
Upon the formation of the BBC Trust, Tait was one of four Governors (including then Chairman Michael Grade, Dermot Gleeson and Jeremy Peat) who transitioned to the new governing body of the BBC. In April 2008 his term as a Trustee was extended until 31 July 2010.
Tait chairs the Trust's Editorial Standards Committee, which sets the BBC's editorial and content standards and hears appeals against editorial complaints. 
Other posts and honours
In 2003 Tait was awarded a CBE for services to broadcast journalism.
- BBC Press Release, New BBC Governors Appointed
- BBC Press Release New BBC Trust to represent the public interest
- BBC Trust Press Release Richard Tait reappointed BBC Trustee
- BBC Trust Editorial Standards Committee
- Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
- Rachel McAthy "Rachel McAthy", journalism.co.uk, 8 March 2012