Our Scotland office

Published: 10 August 2023

The Ofcom Scotland team represents Ofcom in Scotland and Scotland in Ofcom. We ensure that we keep in touch with the views and opinions of citizens and consumers, the regulated industries and stakeholders more generally in Scotland, and factor these in to our policy and decision-making.

We do this by consulting through regular industry and political contact, hosting events to discuss key policy issues, and ensuring that as wide a variety of stakeholders as possible are aware of our work.

We deal with all aspects of Ofcom's remit, and provides input and advice on issues (as they apply to Scotland) to policy and project teams across Ofcom. The experience and expertise of Ofcom's Advisory Committee for Scotland and its Content Board and Communications Consumer Panel members for Scotland also feeds in to our work.

Contact us

Floor 6, Quartermile One,
15 Lauriston Place,
Edinburgh EH3 9EP

Tel: 0131 220 7300

Email: ofcom.scotland@ofcom.org.uk

Glenn Preston, Director, Scotland

Glenn heads the Ofcom Scotland team in addition to being our senior leader in Scotland where we have around c50 multi-disciplinary colleagues from across Ofcom’s Groups.

Glenn joined Ofcom in October 2016 having spent 17 years in the Civil Service.  Between 2011 and 2013 he was the Deputy Director for Information Rights at the UK Ministry of Justice (including acting as the lead sponsor for the UK Information Commissioner’s Office) and from 2013 to 2016 he was the Policy Deputy Director at the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland.

He held a wide variety of policy posts in the Scottish and UK Governments covering rural diversification and strategy, constitutional policy and intergovernmental relations, human rights, freedom of information and data protection.

Contact Glenn: glenn.preston@ofcom.org.uk

Stefan Webster, Regulatory Affairs Manager

Stefan joined the Ofcom Scotland team in March 2019 and leads on broadcast matters in Scotland across TV and radio. This includes fulfilling Ofcom’s duties in relation in to gaelic-language broadcasting, the promotion of our publications and managing our stakeholder relationships with policy makers and Scotland’s creative sector.

Stefan joined Ofcom in 2014 and was an analyst in our Market Intelligence team for four and a half years. During that time he contributed to key research reports such as the Communications Market Report and Media Nations and worked on Ofcom’s first BBC operating licence and performance report.

Stefan studied law at the University of Edinburgh and graduated with first-class honours in 2010.

Contact Stefan: stefan.webster@ofcom.org.uk

Ross Hamilton, Regulatory Affairs Manager

Ross joined the Ofcom Scotland team in July 2023 and leads on Telecoms, Spectrum, Consumer and Post matters. This involves leading Ofcom’s engagement with a range of Scottish Government Directorates and policymakers, nurturing wider stakeholder relationships across Scotland, and development of the Connected Nations Scotland report.

Ross previously worked for twelve years at the British Horseracing Authority – the governing and regulatory body for horseracing across Great Britain – in a range of public affairs and policy roles, latterly as Head of Policy and Advocacy. This involved extensive liaison with the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments and Parliaments across a broad range of policy matters.

Ross studied International Relations and Modern History at the University of St Andrews and graduated with first-class honours in 2010.

Contact Ross: ross.hamilton@ofcom.org.uk

David Bagshaw, Regulatory Affairs Advisor

David joined Ofcom in April 2023 and leads on online safety matters in Scotland. This includes our stakeholder engagement as we take on our new duties under the Online Safety Bill.

David has previously worked for a management consultancy and graduated with a Masters in Advanced International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.

Contact David: david.bagshaw@ofcom.org.uk

Debra Hughes, Office Manager / Senior PA

Debbie joined Ofcom at the end of January 2011 after working in a pensions department for a large insurance company for over 20 years.

Debbie is PA to the Director and is also the Office Manager for the Edinburgh office. She also looks after the administration for the Nations team in Scotland.

Contact Debbie: debbie.hughes@ofcom.org.uk

The Advisory Committee for Scotland advises Ofcom about the interests and opinions, in relation to communications matters, of people living in Scotland. Find out more about its role and members.

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