Lord Terry Burns

Chairman, Ofcom & Former Chairman of Channel 4 & Santander


Lord Burns is a Senior Adviser to Banco Santander and Chairman of the Lord Speaker’s Committee on the Size of the House of Lords. He is also is also Chairman of the North Wales Transport Commission, Mid Wales Music Trust and the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT), Vice Chairman of the Hay Festival of Literature & Arts and Vice President of the Royal Academy of Music.

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 Ofcom, The South East Wales Transport Commission, Santander UK plc, Channel 4 Television Corporation; Marks and Spencer plc, Welsh Water, the National Lottery Commission and The Royal Academy of Music. He was also a non-executive director of Banco Santander SA, Pearson Group, The British Land Company plc, Legal & General plc and a non-executive member of the Office for Budget Responsibility. From 2004 to 2006 he was Independent Adviser to the Secretary of State on the BBC Charter Review.