Lord Burns joins Ofcom as Chairman

11 January 2018

Lord Burns has this week joined Ofcom as Chairman following his appointment to the role by the Government.

Terry Burns was, until January 2016, Chairman of Channel 4, having held the role for six years. He has also served as Chairman of private and public-sector organisations including Marks & Spencer, Santander UK, Welsh Water, the National Lottery Commission and The Royal Academy of Music.

From 2004 to 2006, Terry Burns was Independent Adviser to the Secretary of State on the BBC Charter Review. He sits as a cross-bench peer in the House of Lords.

Terry Burns replaces Dame Patricia Hodgson, who stepped down as Ofcom Chairman at the end of 2017.

Terry Burns said: “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to take on this role at an important time for Ofcom. The UK communications sector provides essential services to everyone in the UK and is critical to the future success of the economy.”

Sharon White, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: “Lord Burns brings with him a wealth of experience and I am looking forward to working together as we deliver on Ofcom’s priorities.

“I am incredibly grateful to Dame Patricia Hodgson, who has provided expert stewardship to Ofcom as Chairman and Deputy Chairman over the past six years. Colleagues across Ofcom thank her for the contribution she’s made.”