Richard Hooper CBE
Richard Hooper has devoted his career to the converging worlds of media, communications and technology. He began his career as a radio and TV producer in the BBC, and was a founder of the Open University. At BT he ran the world’s first commercial videotex service, Prestel, the precursor to the Internet. He ran the pan-European satellite television channel Super Channel owned by the ITV companies. He was Chairman of the Radio Authority 2000-2003, Deputy Chairman of Ofcom 2002 – 2005, and Chairman of Informa plc 2005-2007.
He has advised the Singapore government and Telecom New Zealand/Chorus Ltd on superfast broadband and on wider issues of telecommunications regulation, eg the structural separation of Chorus Ltd.. He carried out the independent review of the Royal Mail for Peter Mandelson and Vince Cable which recommended privatisation. In 2015/2016 he helped the Australian Government review their Ofcom equivalent – the Australian Communications & Media Authority.
He is Honorary President of the Copyright Hub Foundation, which came out of the review of copyright licensing Richard did for Vince Cable in 2011/12. He is senior independent director on the board of VocaLink Holdings Ltd, and is also a lead mentor for Bird & Co Executive & Boardroom Mentoring. Richard also works as a Senior Advisor with FTI Consulting’s regulatory experts in London, advising primarily on telecoms and postal matters. He is married to the Australian writer and historian, Meredith Hooper, and lives in North London.