Group Director – Strategy, International, Technology, Economics at Ofcom
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy
Steve is Chief Technology Officer for Ofcom (the independent organisation which regulates the UK’s broadcasting, telecommunications and wireless communications sectors and sets and enforces rules on fair competition between companies in these industries), and is also responsible for Ofcom’s strategic approach to regulation, including the work it does internationally. His group is responsible for critically evaluating external market and regulatory developments, and leading the process of setting Ofcom’s strategic priorities. He is also responsible for several specific policy areas, including Ofcom’s work on Communications Infrastructure. One of Ofcom’s responsibilities is management of radio spectrum, and Steve is particularly interested in the extent to which innovation in wireless technologies can drive growth, and the role of spectrum regulators and policy makers in enabling this.
Steve joined Ofcom’s predecessor Oftel in 2001 as Head of Network Analysis, subsequently becoming Ofcom’s Competition Policy Director (in 2003), CTO (in 2009) and Group Director for Strategy, Chief Economist and Technology (in 2010), adding his international responsibilities in 2012.
Prior to this he worked in industry – for two technology start-ups, both of whom designed and operated their own communications networks, and as a consultant advising a variety of other companies on the commercial application of new wireless technologies. Steve has a PhD in Radio Astrophysics from the University of Manchester (1984) and an MA in Physics from the University of Cambridge (1981).