Ofcom Board


Ofcom's Board provides strategic direction for the organisation.

It has a non-executive Chair, executive members (including the Chief Executive), and non-executive members.

The Executive runs the organisation and answers to the Board.

The Ofcom Board meets at least once a month (with the exception of August). Agendas, summary notes and minutes are published regularly on the Ofcom website.

Board members

Lord Micheal Grade

Lord Grade of Yarmouth

Chair

Michael Grade has had a long career in broadcasting, encompassing London Weekend Television, the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. He has chaired the BBC, ITV and Pinewood/Shepperton Film Studios.   He is co-founder of the GradeLinnit company, which produces for the theatre.

He is Chairman of the Arora Group’s Heathrow Expansion Advisory Board, having also been Chairman of Ocado, First Leisure Corporation, Camelot, the Charity Fundraising Regulator and Bradford’s Media Museum as well as being a member of the former Press Complaints Commission and a trustee of the Science Museum.

Michael Grade sits in the House of Lords as a non-affiliated Peer.   His Peerage was created in January 2011.

  • Appointed: 1 May 2022
  • Tenure: 4 years
  • Membership: People Committee
Maggie Carver

Maggie Carver

Deputy Chair

Maggie has extensive experience as a non-executive director on the boards of 19 companies, public, private and not-for-profit. These include chairing news and programme provider ITN, the RCA, multiplex operator SDN, and the British Board of Film Classification, as well as being a director on the boards of Channel 5 Television, RDF Media plc, Satellite Information Services, armed forces broadcaster BFBS, and British Waterways.

Maggie’s executive career was in investment banking, television production, broadcasting and retail.

  • Appointed: 30 September 2018
  • Tenure: 4 years
  • Membership: Content Board; People Committee; Risk and Audit Committee
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Melanie Dawes

Chief Executive

Dame Melanie Dawes joined Ofcom as an Executive Board Member and Chief Executive in March 2020.

Prior to joining Ofcom, Melanie was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government from 2015. She has held a range of senior roles across the Civil Service, working in partnership across the public and private sector, including as Champion for Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion.

She started her career as an economist and spent 15 years at the Treasury, including as Europe Director between 2002 and 2006. She was Director General of the Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat at the Cabinet Office between 2011 and 2015, and prior to that she served on the Board of HMRC. As Director General for Business Tax she had responsibility for all the business taxes and duties alongside leadership of the department’s relationships with the largest companies.

Melanie has held various non-executive roles including with the consumer body Which? and is a trustee of the Patchwork Foundation, which helps under-represented young people get involved in democracy.

Kevin Bakhurst

Kevin Bakhurst

Executive member

Kevin Bakhurst joined Ofcom in October 2016 as Group Director for Broadcasting and Online Content, overseeing our broadcast and online regulation and policy. He was appointed to the Ofcom Board in March 2020 and is also a member of Ofcom’s Content Board.

Prior to joining Ofcom, Kevin was Managing Director, News and Current Affairs, Deputy Director General, and then Acting Director General with Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ.

After graduating from Cambridge University, Kevin worked at Price Waterhouse before joining the BBC as a researcher in 1989. He went on to edit the Ten O’Clock News, becoming Deputy Head of the BBC Newsroom and Controller of the BBC News channel and BBC News at One. During his time editing BBC news bulletins, the programmes won awards from organisations including BAFTA and the Royal Television Society.

Outside work, Kevin was a Magistrate from 2000 until 2006.

  • Membership: Content Board; Election Committee
Lindsey Fussell, Consumer Group Director

Lindsey Fussell

Executive member

Lindsey Fussell joined in Ofcom in 2016 and is Group Director for Networks and Communications, leading Ofcom’s work in the telecoms, post and network sectors, where we aim to protect consumers’ interests and promote competition. She was appointed to the Ofcom Board in December 2020.

Before joining Ofcom, Lindsey held a range of senior leadership roles in the Civil Service. She was Public Services Director at HM Treasury, where she led on devolution, education and culture, defence and criminal justice, and was responsible for delivering key aspects of the 2013 and 2015 Spending Reviews. Lindsey is also a lay member of York University’s governing Council.

Graham Mather

Graham Mather

Non-executive member

Graham was a member of Ofcom’s Consumer Panel from 2004 to 2008. He served as a member of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission and, between 2000 and 2012, was a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Graham is currently the President of the European Policy Forum and Chairman of its Regulatory Best Practice Group. He also served as a board member of the Office of Rail and Road.

He was appointed CBE in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list for services to economic regulation, competition and infrastructure development.

  • Appointed: 1 June 2014
  • Tenure: 8 years
  • Membership: People Committee
Ben Verwaayen

Ben Verwaayen

Non-executive member

Ben is currently a General Partner at investment fund Keen Venture Partners and holds various Board positions, including at Akamai in the US and Renewi Ltd, a major player in the circular economy in the BeNeLux and the UK. He is a former Chief Executive of BT, KPN in the Netherlands, and Alcatel Lucent. He has also served as a Chairman of Endemol, and as a Board Member of AkzoNobel in the Netherlands and of the mobile operator Bharti Airtel in India.

  • Appointed: 1 January 2016
  • Tenure: 8 years
  • Membership: People Committee
Bob Downes

Bob Downes

Non-executive member (Board member for Scotland)

Bob Downes was appointed to the Ofcom Board with effect from 1 February 2018. He is a member of the Content Board and the People Committee. Bob is the current Chairman of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. He also chairs the Commission for Communications Regulation’s Independent Oversight Body, which will oversee the implementation and operation of an enhanced Regulatory Governance Model in Ireland by Eir. Bob Chairs Cryptic, an arts production company. He is an advisor to a number of small technology businesses, including Kube Networks.

  • Appointed: 1 February 2018
  • Tenure: 8 years
  • Membership: Content Board; People Committee
Angela Dean

Angela Dean

Non-executive member (Audit and Risk Board member)

Angela is currently a trustee of York Museums Trust and Chair of its Capital Projects Board. She is a Senior Independent Panel Member for Public Appointments. She has been non-executive director of a number of not-for-profit organisations including Chair of International House Trust, Vice Chair of the Council of King’s College London, trustee of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and a member of the Museums, Archives and Libraries Council.

Angela's executive career was in international finance, mainly as a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley where she headed its global technology research team. She was a member of the Working Group of the United Nations Global Compact for corporate social responsibility issues in investment.

  • Appointed: 30 September 2018
  • Tenure: 4 years
  • Membership: People Committee; Risk and Audit Committee
David Jones

David Jones

Non-executive member (Board member for Wales)

David is currently a non-executive director of Ofwat and Qualifications Wales. He was the founder of Travelink Systems Limited until 1995 and Executive Chair of TigerBay Software from 2011 to 2015. David is an occasional guest lecturer on Digital and Cyber security at Cardiff University.

  • Appointed: 8 April 2019
  • Tenure: 4 years
  • Membership: People Committee; Risk and Audit Committee
Karen Baxter

Karen Baxter

Non-executive member (Board member for Northern Ireland)

Karen has a distinguished 30-year policing career, retiring as Commander from the City of London Police in 2020. She commenced her service as an officer in Northern Ireland and has extensive experience across a wide range of complex investigations including, safeguarding, homicide, counter-terrorism, serious and organised crime. As a result, she has a strong understanding of the unique needs of communities living in Northern Ireland.

More recently as Commander and National Coordinator for Economic Crime, she had oversight for the most serious financial investigations in the United Kingdom. Karen was also the Police executive lead for Cyber Crime Prevention working with key stakeholders and the third sector to address emerging risks in the online space.

In 2020 Karen joined UK Finance as the Managing Director for Intelligence Strategy working across the banking sector to review the use and management of intelligence. More broadly her role involved multiple sector engagement in respect of the online harms threat and proposed legislative changes.

  • Appointed: 28 March 2022
  • Tenure: 4 years
  • Membership: People Committee