Arthur fforde

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Sir Arthur Frederic Brownlow fforde, GBE, (23 August 1900 – 1985) was an English solicitor, civil servant, headmaster, writer and businessman. The surname fforde is spelled with two lowercase F's.

Arthur fforde was educated at Rugby School (SH 1914–1919, Head of School) and Trinity College, Oxford. As a solicitor, he became a partner in the law firm Linklaters & Paines (now known as Linklaters) and also had helped establish the Unit trust.[1]In 1948 he returned to Rugby as head master, remaining until 1957,[2] when he became Chairman of the BBC. In 1964 he retired after a spell of ill-health and was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire the same year.[1]

Occasional verses by Arthur fforde were published later in his life, until his death in 1985.


  1. ^ a b "BBC Chairmen: fforde". BBC Press Office. Archived from the original on 2011-03-16. 
  2. ^ Rugby School Who's Who, 1975
Media offices
Preceded by
Alexander Cadogan
Chairman of the BBC Board of Governors
Succeeded by
Norman Craven Brook
Academic offices
Preceded by
Percy Hugh Beverley Lyon
Headmaster of Rugby School
Succeeded by
Walter Hamilton