Register of disclosable interests

16 March 2017

The register of diclosable interests sets out the external interests and commitments of Ofcom board and committee members.

NameBoard/CommitteeStatusInterests
Lord Burns Ofcom Board Chairman. Appointed 1 January 2018
  • None
Nominations Committee Chairman
Remuneration Committee Member
Risk and Audit Committee Member
The Baroness Noakes DBE Ofcom Board Deputy Chairman. Appointed 1 June 2014
  • Non-executive Director, Royal Bank of Scotland (where she chairs the Board Risk Committee)
  • Member of the House of Lords EU Internal Markets Committee
  • Member of House of Lords taking Conservative Whip

Letter to the Secretary of State regarding Baroness Noakes' interests.

Letter to the Shadow Secretary of State regarding Baroness Noakes' interests

Risk & Audit Committee Chairman
Nominations Committee Member
Remuneration Committee Chairman
Sharon White Ofcom Board Chief Executive. Appointed March 2015
  • Independent non executive director of Barratt Developments plc with effect from 1 January 2018. All fees are payable directly to Ofcom and Sharon does not receive them. Sharon is recused from any Barratt Board agenda items relevant to Ofcom’s work.
  • Trustee of Sadler’s Wells Theatre, with effect from November 2017
Non-executive Remunerations Committee Member
Dr Steve Unger Ofcom Board Member
  • Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Graham Mather Ofcom Board Member. Appointed 1 June 2014
  • President of the European Policy Forum and Chairman of its Regulatory Best Practice Group
  • Director, Greenham Community Trust Limited
  • Director, Pelican Cancer Foundation
  • "Member of the Board of the Office of Rail and Road (1 October 2016 to 30 September 2021).
Nations Committee Member
Risk & Audit Committee Member
Nominations Committee Member
Remuneration Committee Member
Jonathan Oxley Ofcom Board Member
  • Member of the BT Defined Benefit Pension Scheme
  • Previously (4 May 2006 to 12 May 2010) Local Councillor (London Borough of Ealing)
Ben Verwaayen Ofcom Board Member. Appointed 1 January 2016
  • None
Nominations Committee Member
Remuneration Committee Member
Tim Suter Ofcom Board Member, appointed 2 October 2017
  • Perspectives Associates: owner of media policy consulting firm
  • Communications Chambers: Founding partner in media policy and strategy partnership
  • UBM shareholding as a result of his wife’s former chairmanship of the company
Content Board Member
Nations Committee Chairman
Nominations Committee Member
Remuneration Committee Member
Bob Downes Ofcom Board Member for Scotland, appointed 1 February 2018
  • Chair, Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • Chair, Scottish Sensors Innovation Centre
  • Chair, Cryptic, Glasgow
  • Non-Executive Director, Kube Networks
  • Non-Executive Director, Scottish Government
  • Trustee, Mackintosh Campus Renewal, Appeal

Bob, his partner or dependent children hold a small BT shareholding

Nominations Committee Member
Remuneration Committer Member
Robin Foster Content Board Member. Appointed 1 January 2016
  • Member of Communications Chambers, a consultancy specialising in telecoms, media and technology
  • Independent Member, Advertising Advisory Committee at BCAP
  • Adviser, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland for 2017 5 year review
  • Partner is a shareholder in ITV Plc
  • Expert Adviser to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on Inquiry into Digital Platforms
Professor Philip Schlesinger Content Board Member. Appointed 1 December 2014
  • Professor in Cultural Policy, Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Glasgow
  • Deputy Director of CREATe, RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
  • Holds shares in BT
  • Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences
  • Visiting Professor in Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science
Janey Walker Content Board Member. Appointed 1 May 2011
  • Member of the Channel 4 Corporation (C4C) pension scheme
  • Her husband is Executive Vice President of Programming and Development for National Geographic Global Networks, now 73% owned by Fox
Zahera Harb Content Board Member. Appointed 1 December 2015
  • Freelance consultant & Media Trainer, Thomson Foundation UK
  • Board Member, Ethical Journalism Network
  • Member, International Assoc. for Media and Communication Research
  • Review Editor, Journal of Media Practice
  • Editorial Board Member, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communications
  • Board Member, JOMEC Journal Editorial
  • Member, Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum Media Awards Committee
  • Member, Media Communications & Cultural Studies Association
  • Associate Editor of Journalism Practice
Aled Eirug Content Board Member, Appointed 1 December 2015
  • In receipt of a BBC pension
  • Part-time senior lecturer at Swansea University
Tony Close Content Board Member
  • None
Monisha Shah Content Board Member
  • Director, Hogerty Hill Limited (media consultancy company)
  • Non-Executive Director, Imagen Ltd (media management company)
  • Director, Next Mediaworks Limited
  • Chair, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
  • Trustee, Art Fund
  • Member, Committee on Standards in Public Life
  • Board Member, Office for Students
  • Independent Member, Queen's Counsel Appointments Panel
  • Member of the BBC Pension Scheme
  • Trustee, Donmar Warehouse
Jonathan Baker Content Board Member
  • Chair of Trustees, Science Media Centre
Kevin Bakhurst Content Board Member
  • Member of the BBC Pension scheme
John Varney Advisory Committee for England Chairman. Appointed Member 1 January 2009 and Chairman with effect from 1 July 2014
  • Director, Maximum Clarity, supporting public and private sector bodies
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Fellow of the Royal Television Society
  • Governor, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Business Coach, Enterprises Macclesfield
  • Chair, Silk Heritage Trust
  • Non-Executive Chairman, Pebble Beach Systems Group plc
Nations Committee Member, England
Graham Creelman OBE Advisory Committee for England Member. Appointed 1 January 2009
  • Pro-Chancellor, Norwich University of the Arts
  • Holds ITV shares
  • Holds STV shares
  • Holds United News & Media shares
  • Chair, Norfolk Transformation and Sustainability Partnership Stakeholder Board
  • Chair, Norfolk Strategic Partnership for Older People’s Services
Emma Davison Advisory Committee for England Member
  • None
Caroline Roberts-Cherry Advisory Committee for England Member
  • Director, Saffron Cherry TV Ltd
  • Trustee, Royal Exchange Theatre
  • Events Co-ordinator, Women in Film and TV North
  • Member of the BBC Pension scheme

Alan Nunn

Advisory Committee for England Member
  • Consulting Director at CGI
  • Member, Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Member, Institution of Telecommunications Professionals
  • Holds shares in BT
  • Deferred BT pensioner
Mark Smith Advisory Committee for England Member
  • None
Liz Leonard Advisory Committee for Scotland Chair
  • BBC, periodic freelance contracts
  • Scottish Refugee Council, Vice-Chair
  • Cross Party Group on Digital Participation ' Scottish Parliament, Member
  • Chair of Advisory Committee for Scotland (ACS) with effect from 24/04/2018
Ian McKay Advisory Committee for Scotland Member. Appointed 1 February 2013
  • Board Member, Critiqom Ltd
John Trower Advisory Committee for Scotland Member. Appointed 1 September 2015
  • Chairman, Optimity Ltd.
  • Shareholder, ODRO Ltd.
  • Advisory Board Member, Digitonic
  • Scottish Futures Trust
  • Member, Institution of Engineering & Technology
  • Consultant, various Private Equity companies on telecommunications, ISP, Hosting and software investment vehicles which are privately-owned and non-regulated smaller companies
Hywel Wiliam Advisory Committee for Wales Chair. Appointed 1 July 2014
  • Director, AIM Group(UK) Ltd
  • Administrator, RTS Wales Centre
  • Director, Games Development Show Ltd
  • Deputy Chair, Institute of Welsh Affairs Media Policy Group
  • Director, It's My Shout Ltd
  • Chair of Advisory Committee for Wales (ACW) with effect from 11/04/2018
Maureen Edmondson Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland Chairman. Appointed 1 January 2014
  • None
Nations Committee Member, Northern Ireland
Brendan Mulgrew Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland Member. Appointed 1 June 2012
  • None
Fiona MacMillan Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland Member. Appointed 1 September 2012
  • Non-Executive Director, Stratagem Northern Ireland and Stratagem International
  • Board Member/Deputy Chair of Finance & Audit Committee, Northern Ireland Screen
  • Carnegie Oldpark, Director
Paul Wilson Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland Member. Appointed 1 September 2014
  • Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology
  • BT shareholder
Richard Hilton Community Radio Fund Panel Member
  • None
Fiona Lennox Community Radio Fund Panel Member
  • None
Wendy Pilmer Community Radio Fund Panel Member. Appointed 1 January 2009
  • Runs her own consultancy which offers services to the industry including the BBC.
Alan Meban Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland Member. Appointed 1 September 2017
  • Holds shares in BT
  • Member of the BT Defined Benefit Pension Scheme
John Ellison Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland Member. Appointed 1 September 2017
  • Holds shares in BT
  • In receipt of a pension from BT
Kathy Graham Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland Member. Appointed 1 September 2017
  • Trustee and Director - Age NI
  • Director - Age NI Enterprises Ltd
  • Director - Age NI Trading Ltd
  • Director – Kathy Graham Strategies Ltd
  • Board of Governors – Annalong Primary School
  • Member – The British Psychological Society
Ruth McElroy Advisory Committee for Wales Member. Appointed 1 November 2017
  • Member of the IWA Media Policy Group
Carmel Teusner Advisory Committee for Scotland Member. Appointed 1 February 2018

Carmel, her partner and dependant children have the following non-financial interests:

  • Non-executive director – Scottish Enterprise
  • Member – Audit Committee, Scottish Enterprise
  • Non-executive director – National Library of Scotland
  • Member – Staffing and Remuneration Committee, National Library of Scotland
  • Director – Akuiti Ltd
  • Director and Trustee – Uphill Ski Club of Great Britain (t/a Disability Snowsport UK)