The Which? Council
The Council is responsible for the achievement of our charitable mission and ensuring the continued success of Which? It is the management body of Consumers’ Association, setting strategy and policy and providing oversight of the organisation. Any Which? member can stand for the council.
The current Which? Council Members are:
- Chairman: Tim Gardam
- Deputy Chairs: Jennifer Oscroft, Tony Ward
- Other members: Shirley Bailey-Wood, Anthony Burton, Jeanie Cruickshank, Sharon Darcy, Melanie Fuller, Donald Grant, Peter Shears, Jonathan Thompson, Mike Tye, Anna Walker, Chris Willett.
Tim Gardam, Chairman
Tim Gardam has been Principal at St Anne's College, Oxford since 2004. Tim has had a long career in broadcasting, beginning as a BBC trainee in 1977. He went on to produce Newsnight, Timewatch and Panorama and has held executive roles at Channel 5 and Channel 4. Tim was a Non-Executive Member of the Ofcom Board and Chairman of their Content Board until 31 December 2015.
Tim was appointed to the Council on 18 November 2015 and became a co-opted Council Member in January 2016.
Shirley Bailey-Wood MBE
Shirley Bailey-Wood MBE is Director, Information Solutions at BSI, responsible for leadership and strategic development of BSI Standards Limited. Shirley joined BSI in 2004 as Operations Director for their Standards Division. From 2011 to 2014 she was BSI’s Director of Publishing. Shirley has extensive experience of the publishing and information sector, with previous positions including VP Chemistry and Pharmaceuticals for Thomson Scientific, European Sales and Marketing Director for Maxwell Communications (The Thomson Corporation) and Information Scientist at the Glaxo Group. Shirley was awarded an MBE in 2012 for Services to the Knowledge Economy.
Shirley was elected to the Council in January 2016.
Anthony Burton OBE
Tony Burton is Managing Editor of the Scottish Planning and Environmental Law Journal, Secretary of the Planning Exchange Foundation, Board Member of Scottish Opera and Chairman of the Friends of Scottish Opera.
Tony was re-appointed to the Which? Council in November 2014, having previously been a Which? Council Member 1984 to 2010 and Deputy Chairman of the Council from 2006 to 2010.
Jeanie Cruickshank is a former member of the Senior Civil Service, most recently as Head of Better Regulation in the Department of Energy and Climate Change working with Which?, Ofgem and energy industry representatives on reviews of energy regulation. Jeanie also has a long experience as a policy-maker and regulator in a number of government departments.
Jeanie was elected to the Council in January 2015.
Sharon Darcy has had a portfolio career of board roles and consultancy work and is currently a Trustee and Chair of the Risk Committee at the workplace pension provider NEST. Since 2012, Sharon has been a Lay Member of the Standards Committee in the House of Commons. For the last five years, she has been a member of Ofgem’s Consumer Challenge Group. Since 2011, she has also been part of Ofwat’s Customer Advisory Panel, advising the regulator on water prices.
Sharon previously worked at Which? from 1996 to 2000 and was elected to the Council in January 2015.
Melanie Fuller is the founder of Consumer Products Consultancy Ltd, specialising within the non-food industry in product legality, safety and technical due diligence and manufacturing compliance and improvement. Melanie is also owner of Your Nuts Wholefoods Ltd, an independent retailer of wholefoods, health supplements and sports nutrition. Melanie has 16 years’ retail and manufacturing experience at a senior level.
Melanie was elected to the Council in January 2016.
Donald Grant is a Chartered Engineer, and a Deputy Director at the Houses of Parliament, working on the buildings and services. He has over 20 years of commercial and strategic experience, having worked for several global companies including Philips and the Weir Group. He also ran his own technology business specialising in digital communications. Donald has been involved in voluntary groups for many years, and is currently a consumer representative on the Glasgow Airport Users Consultative Committee. He has been a STEM Ambassador since 2007 promoting science, technology, engineering and maths to young people.
Donald was elected to the Council in January 2016.
Jennifer Oscroft, Deputy Chair
Jenny Oscroft is a practising Barrister with a Masters in Law. Jenny also works as a consultant with the Centre for Constitutional Rights in Europe, a non-profit legal and charitable organisation which works on issues such as illegal detention and abuse of government power.
Jenny was first elected to the Council on 1st February 2011 and re-elected on 20th January 2014. Jenny was a Pension Trustee at Which? until September 2013 and has been Deputy Chair since March 2013.
Peter Shears is currently Professor of Consumer Law and Policy, Plymouth Law School, Plymouth University. He has held a number of consumer-related appointments, including on the National Consumer Federation Legislation Committee, the Consumer Direct National Support Team, and as President of the Plymouth Consumer Group.
Peter joined the Council on 7 February 2012 as an elected member.
Jonathan Thompson is Chief Executive of Digital UK, the not-for-profit organisation responsible for the operation and strategic development of Freeview. Previously, Jonathan worked in the Office of the Chairman at Daily Mail and General Trust plc advising on group strategy. He is a former Director of Strategy of both media regulator Ofcom and Channel 4. Between 2007-2010 Jonathan was also a non-executive Director of Which? Limited.
Jonathan was co-opted to the Council on 1st December 2015.
Mike Tye was Chief Executive of Spirit Plc from 2011-2015. He has previously led a number of businesses in hospitality, leisure and retail, including David Lloyd Leisure, Premier Inn, Costa Coffee and Aramark UK. Mike has held various Non Executive roles, including Pizza Hut UK and Visit London (The London Tourist Board), and is also a member of the Government's Future High Street Forum, designed to rejuvenate the UK's High Streets.
Mike was co-opted to the Council on 1st December 2015.
Anna Walker is on the Board of Welsh Water, Director of Women in Rail and Chair of Young Epilepsy. From 2009 to 2015 she was Chair of the Office of Rail and Road, the independent regulator for Britain’s railways, and Chief Executive of the Healthcare Commission from 2004 to 2009, the then regulatory body for the NHS and private sector healthcare. Anna was Director General responsible for rural policy at Defra from 2001 to 2004 and Director General of Energy at the Department of Trade and Industry from 1998 to 2001. She was on the Board of Consumer Focus from 2007 to 2011.
Anna was co-opted to the Council on 1st November 2013.
Tony Ward OBE, Deputy Chair
Tony Ward has held a number of non-executive Director appointments and was most recently employed at BAA PLC 1997 to 2007 as Services Director responsible for IT, Airside Operations and Health and Safety. Prior to BAA he worked for Kingfisher PLC as Group Human Resources Director.
Tony was co-opted to the Council on 1 September 2011.
Chris Willett is a University Professor at University of Essex. He was a professor and lecturer of Consumer Law from 1988 to 2011, teaching, researching and publishing on all aspects of consumer law and policy. Chris has previously been an adviser to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, European Commission and other bodies on law and policy development.
Chris was elected to the Council in January 2014.
Chair of the Group Audit Committee
Nick Castro is a chartered accountant. He was previously Group Finance Director of Guardian Media Group plc, publisher of The Guardian and The Observer in print and online. Before joining Guardian Media Group, Nick was Group Finance Director of the ITV franchise for the north and north east, Yorkshire-Tyne Tees Television Holdings plc. Prior to that, he was a partner in the Corporate Recovery practice of KPMG in London.
Nick was appointed as Chair of the Group Audit Committee in May 2010. Nick is not a Council Member.