Ofcom appoints new members to the Advisory Committee for England

07 November 2012

Ofcom today announced the appointment of five new members of the Advisory Committee for England.

Ofcom has established an advisory committee for each nation of the UK. These committees offer information and advice to Ofcom on aspects of its work, and of communications in general, which are of particular importance to each nation. The full membership of each of the Advisory Committees represents a wide range of previous experience and skills.

The five new appointments to the Advisory Committee for England are:

Andrew Chitty

Andrew started his media career in the independent sector before working with both Granada TV and the BBC to produce software products alongside television. Since 1998 he has led Illumina Digital. Andrew has been a board member of PACT and Skillset; he has also advised institutions including the DCMS, British Library, National Theatre, BFI, Welsh Assembly Government, BAFTA and the Arts Council on the development of their digital strategies.

Andrew currently works with Creative England, Skillset, The Technology Strategy Board and TRC Media as either a board or advisory board member; he also acts as Head of Product Development for the digital health service NHS local.

Barnie Choudhury

Barnie has been a broadcaster for more than thirty years. He joined the BBC as a trainee in 1986 and left in 2010 as a news correspondent. During his time at the BBC his roles included being its social affairs, community affairs, world affairs and business correspondent for the BBC national news.  He is now the owner of Sensei Creative Productions. Barnie is also a Principal Lecturer at the University of Lincoln. For the past two years he has been a lay advisor for the Department of Health’s Equality and Diversity Council.  Barnie is also the Chairman of Awaaz, a South-Asian mental health charity.

Andrew Davis

Andrew is a social media trainer and consultant. He regularly presents to, and runs interactive workshops for businesses and individuals seeking either to improve their consumer marketing or to increase revenue through the medium of social networks.

Andrew founded his consultancy, The Worst Kept Secret, in 2009 after spending his career working at BBC 1Xtra and MySpace.com.

Becky Hogge

Becky is a writer and researcher specialising in new technology and its impact on people’s lives, rights and freedoms. She frequently works with non-profit groups and grant-giving foundations to explore and explain issues surrounding new technology and human rights.

Becky was Executive Director of the digital civil liberties campaigners the Open Rights Group. She sits on the advisory councils of the Open Rights Group and the Foundation for Information Policy Research, and is a member of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s Expert Group on Freedom of Expression and the Internet. She is a non-executive director of the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Duncan Ingram

Duncan spent a significant part of his career at BT in a variety of marketing, operational and general management roles including Managing Director, Broadband and Managing Director, Customer Service. He has been a non-executive director of the Tullis Russell Group, Think London, the British Quality Foundation as well as a number of BT subsidiaries.

He is currently Chair of the Children's Trust, a Trustee of YMCA England, a Director of London First, The Hyde Group and a Member of the British Olympic Association's Advisory Board.

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Notes to editors

1. More information about the advisory committees for the nations can be found here: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/about/how-ofcom-is-run/committees/advisory-committees-for-the-nations/