Lord Terry Burns

Chairman, Ofcom & Former Chairman of Channel 4 & Santander


Lord Burns is Chairman Santander UK plc and Channel 4 Television Corporation. He is a non-executive member of the Office for Budget Responsibility.

Terry Burns began his career in 1965 at the London Business School, becoming Professor of Economics in 1979. In 1980, he was appointed Chief Economic Advisor to the Treasury and Head of the Government Economic Service. In 1991 he became Permanent Secretary to the Treasury, a post he held until 1998, when he was appointed a life peer.

Previous appointments include Chairman of Glas Cymru Ltd (Welsh Water), Marks and Spencer plc and the National Lottery Commission and a non-executive director of Banco Santander SA, Pearson Group, The British Land Company plc and Legal & General plc.

He is Chairman of the Mid Wales Music Trust. Previously he was Chairman of the Governing Body of The Royal Academy of Music and the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra Trustees.

In 2000 he chaired the Committee of Inquiry into “The Impact of Hunting with Dogs in England and Wales” and in 2003 was the Independent Adviser to the Secretary of State on the BBC Charter Review. He also undertook a Structural Review of the Football Association in 2005.

Born in Hetton le Hole, County Durham, educated at Houghton le Spring Grammar School and Manchester University. He now lives in West London and has a home in Brecon (Wales).