Tim Gardam

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Tim Gardam
Born (1956-01-14) 14 January 1956 (age 66) [1]
Education Rokeby Preparatory School, Westminster School
Alma mater University of Cambridge
OccupationJournalist, Academic Administrator

Timothy David Gardam (born 14 January 1956), is a British journalist, media executive and educator. He was Director of Television at Channel 4 until 2003, after which he served as Principal of St Anne's College, Oxford until 2016. [1] [2] He now serves as Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation.


Early life

Gardam was born on 14 January 1956 to the novelist Jane Gardam. [1] He studied at Rokeby Preparatory School, [3] Westminster School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he obtained a double first in English. [2]


He subsequently worked at the BBC (where he created Timewatch and edited Newsnight ), and as director of programmes at Channel 4, commissioning the first series of Big Brother. [4] [5] He was then appointed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to lead a review of digital radio in Britain. [6]

In January 2008, he began a three-year term on the board of Ofcom, [7] the independent regulatory authority for the UK communications industries. He was subsequently reappointed for a second three-year term. [7]

In 2004, he was elected Principal of St Anne's College, Oxford, succeeding Ruth Deech. [8] His achievements included the construction of a new library and the St Anne's Coffee Shop (STACS), and the strengthening of college finances, academic performance, and outreach efforts.[ citation needed ] In early 2016, Gardam announced that he would be stepping down as principal at the end of the academic year, in order to become chief executive of the Nuffield Foundation. [9]

He was Chairman of the Consumers' Association Council from 2015 [10] to 2019. [11]

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  2. 1 2 "St Anne's College: Head of House" . Retrieved 18 June 2015.
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  6. Gardam, Tim (October 2004). "Independent Review of the BBC's Digital Radio Services" (PDF). Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  7. 1 2 "Ofcom: Tim Gardam". Ofcom. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2012. Tim Gardam was appointed to the Ofcom Board on 1 January 2008 for an initial three year term. He was reappointed on 27 October 2009 to serve a second three year term which will conclude on 31 December 2013.
  8. "Head of House". People. St Anne's College. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  9. "Tim Gardam appointed Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation | Nuffield Foundation". www.nuffieldfoundation.org. 6 January 2016.
  10. "» Tim Gardam appointed new Chairman of the Consumers' Association, Which?" . Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  11. Andy Ricketts. "Consumers' Association appoints former commission chief as chair". www.thirdsector.co.uk. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
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