Tim Gardam appointed new Chairman of the Consumers’ Association, Which?

Which? is delighted to announce the appointment of Tim Gardam as its new Chairman.

Tim Gardam will officially join Which? as Chairman of the Consumers’ Association Council from 18 November 2015. He brings with him 25 years of experience at the helm of some of the UK’s biggest institutions.

Tim has been a member of the Ofcom Board since 2008 and is Chair of the Ofcom Content Board. He is also Principal of St Anne’s College, Oxford. During his career in media, he was editor of BBC’s Newsnight and Panorama, and Head of BBC Current Affairs Programmes. He also served as Director of Programmes at Channel 4 and launched Channel 5.

Tim joins the organisation at an exciting time, with revenues at the Which? Group topping £100m for the first time this year, enabling the organisation to invest record amounts in its charitable work and fund new ventures in sectors where consumers are not getting the best deal. Which? is the largest independent consumer body in the UK with 1.2 million members and supporters.

Tim will replace Professor Patrick (Paddy) Barwise who has been Chairman since 2010. Paddy has helped oversee a period of continued growth in charitable investment and played a large part in increasing Which?’s investment in policy, research and campaigning.

Which? Group Chief Executive Peter Vicary-Smith said:

“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Tim Gardam as Chairman of the Consumers’ Association, Which?. Tim brings a wealth of experience, which will support our continued growth and investment in charitable activities and delivering positive change for all UK consumers.

“Professor Barwise has made a huge contribution over many years to the organisation and we thank him for all that he has done.”

Tim Gardam said:

“It is a great honour to have been appointed Chairman of the Consumers’ Association, Which?. The organisation is unique in its ability to directly help all consumers with its range of information, advice services and its campaigning. I will look to use my experience to help to build Which?’s already considerable reputation and to increase the impact of an organisation that is vital to the well-being of consumers across the United Kingdom.”


Notes to editors

  1. Mr Gardam has served on the Ofcom board since January 2008 and has been Principal of St Anne’s College, Oxford, since 2004. His term at Ofcom comes to an end in December 2015.

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