BBC Trust chairman to head Tindal St board

<p>The chairman of the BBC Trust, Sir Michael Lyons, is to chair the board of directors for Birmingham-based publisher Tindal Street Press. The publicly-funded company, which is part-supported by the Arts Council and has been home to authors such as Catherine O&#39;Flynn, Gaynor Arnold and Clare Morrall, is overseen by a voluntary board.</p><p>Film producer Roger Shannon and founder of Tindal Street Press Penny Rendall also sit on the board among four others. Lyons, who lives in the north of Birmingham, will take the chair at the next board meeting on April 26th. He said: &quot;I am pleased to be joining [publishing director] Alan Mahar and the talented board of Tindal Street Press. This is a small gem in the arts landscape of Birmingham with an enviable track record for bringing forward new literary voices and securing national recognition for them.&quot;</p><p>Mahar said: &quot;This appointment is indicative of the board&rsquo;s ambition for the future. Tindal Street Press has achieved a great deal in the last ten years, with prize-listings for all the major literary prizes. Sir Michael&rsquo;s experience and drive will help take our operations another major step forward on the national stage. His appointment coincides with an exciting time for our enterprise, when we have just had our second Costa First Novel Award winner in the space of three years. </p><p>&quot;It will be a great boost to have such a strong and media-savvy national voice as Sir Michael&rsquo;s to support the dynamic Birmingham-based team.&quot;</p>