Ofcom's General Counsel Polly Weitzman to move on

01 June 2020

Ofcom has today announced that Polly Weitzman, Ofcom’s General Counsel, has decided to move on.

Polly is leaving Ofcom to join CityFibre.

Since joining Ofcom in 2004, Polly has led Ofcom’s legal group, which provides legal advice for all policy areas within Ofcom.

As General Counsel, Polly has also played a central role in Ofcom policy, helping to shape our work to raise standards, protect vulnerable customers and ensure people get the most from their communications services.

Polly said: “I’ll miss Ofcom hugely. It’s been a privilege over many years to lead our high-calibre legal team, and to work closely with wider colleagues on our work to promote competition and protect consumers and audiences.

“I feel the time is right for a new challenge, and I leave knowing Ofcom has never been in better shape to address the communications challenges of the future under Melanie Dawes.”

Dame Melanie Dawes, Ofcom’s Chief Executive, said: “I’d like to thank Polly on behalf of all colleagues for her huge contribution to Ofcom. After 15 years with us, Polly understandably wants to explore fresh challenges. But she leaves with our warmest thanks for having led Ofcom’s legal team with distinction and for her impact on our wider work.”

To avoid any potential conflict of interest, Polly has left Ofcom with immediate effect for a period of gardening leave before joining CityFibre in January 2021.

Martin Ballantyne, currently Legal Director at Ofcom, will step up to become interim General Counsel.