Jonathan Oxley to step down

13 May 2020

Ofcom has today announced that Jonathan Oxley, Group Director for Competition and Board member, has decided to step down.

Jonathan joined Ofcom in November 2014 and has overseen Ofcom’s important work to improve competition in the UK communications sector, helping to raise standards, protect people and ensure good value for consumers.

Jonathan also agreed to step up to be interim Chief Executive last year until a new Chief Executive was appointed.

Jonathan said: “Ofcom is an organisation that I will always admire because of the dedication of its people. Everyone is absolutely focused on helping to improve communications services for people and business across the UK.

“I had always planned to look for a new challenge after five years at Ofcom, but when Terry asked me to stay on to become interim Chief Executive, I was privileged to take on the role. I’m now going to take a break before deciding what to do next. I know Ofcom will go from strength to strength under the leadership of Dame Melanie Dawes.”

Lord Burns, Ofcom’s Chairman, said: “I am grateful to Jonathan for his significant contribution to Ofcom’s work. He agreed to my request to step up to become interim Chief Executive last year and did a great job, and has been an important voice on the Ofcom Board. We will be sorry to see Jonathan go and he leaves with our thanks and best wishes.”

Dame Melanie Dawes, Ofcom’s Chief Executive, said: “Jonathan has been a great support to me and has done a fantastic job as Group Director, Board member and recently as interim Chief Executive. He will be missed by me and colleagues across the organisation.”

Jonathan steps down at the end of June and will continue to attend Ofcom’s Board until that date.

David Clarkson, currently acting Competition Group Director, will continue acting in this role.