Ofcom board appoints top MHCLG boss

Ranked among the UK’s top civil servants, Melanie Dawes has been permanent secretary to MHCLG since 2015.

Department of Communities and Local Government Permanent Secretary, Melanie Dawes.

The Ofcom Board has today (12th February) announced the appointment of Dame Melanie Dawes as CEO.

Ranked among the UK’s top civil servants, Melanie Dawes has been permanent secretary to MHCLG since 2015.

As reported by 24housing back in November last year, Ofcom was reported as ready to appoint Dawes, but confirmation had to wait until the general election was over.

In addition to her current Permanent Secretary role, Dawes chairs the Civil Service People Board, leading workforce strategies across all government departments.

The Ofcom role is said to have a starting salary of £315,000.

On her appointment, Dawes said: “Ofcom plays a crucial role in ensuring that people and businesses across the UK get the best from their communications services.

“It’s a great privilege to be appointed as Chief Executive at a time of significant change in the sectors Ofcom regulates.”

In view of the fact that the new role would mean change for Ofcom over the next few years, the Secretary of State has indicated that the government would like a Chair to be in place who is able to oversee the successful implementation of any changes in full.

Lord Burns has therefore agreed to step down to enable a new Chair to be in place by the end of this year.

“I am delighted that the Secretary of State has approved Ofcom’s appointment of Dame Melanie Dawes as the next Chief Executive of Ofcom”, Burns said.

“The Government’s statement that it is minded to appoint Ofcom as the regulator for online harms is a vote of confidence in Ofcom’s expertise.

“I know Melanie will do a fantastic job of leading the organisation and maintaining its strengths.

“I look forward to working with her over the months ahead as we prepare for this forthcoming legislation as well as the ongoing tasks of achieving better broadband and mobile coverage and supporting UK broadcasting”, he added.

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