Portrait of Melanie Dawes
Breakfast Briefing

Breakfast Briefing with Dame Melanie Dawes, Chief Executive, Ofcom

We are delighted to welcome Dame Melanie Dawes to share insights into the priorities for her team at Ofcom as they implement the Online Safety Act.

Date & time

18 Apr 2024

08:00 - 10:00

Attendance type

Hybrid (Online and In Person)

Where

Central London and Virtual

Price

Free

Theme(s)

Technology and digital

Collaborative leadership and organisational development

When registering for this event you can choose whether you would prefer to attend in-person or virtually. Please note in-person capacity is limited, and any members we are unable to accommodate face-to-face will be offered the opportunity to join virtually. The livestream will run from 08:30 – 09:30.

On 26 October, the Online Safet Act received Royal Assent, establishing a zero-tolerance approach to protecting children and adults from online harm. As such, we are delighted to welcome Dame Melanie Dawes, Chief Executive at Ofcom, the regulator for online safety in the UK, to share her insights into the new role of the regulator in an ever-changing media landscape.

By attending on the day, you will:

  • Explore how Ofcom has built the capabilities to work effectively with online services to ensure they meet their duties to protect their users
  • Discuss how Ofcom is engaging with organisations from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to create a safer online experience for all
  • Gain insight into priority areas for Dame Melanie and her team considering the fast pace of change in the media and communications sector

Dame Melanie Dawes joined Ofcom as an Executive Board Member and Chief Executive on 2 March 2020.

Prior to joining Ofcom, Melanie was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (2015-2020). She has held senior roles across the Civil Service, working in partnership across the public and private sectors. She became the overall Champion for Diversity and Inclusion in the Civil Service in 2019.

She started her career as an economist and spent 15 years at the Treasury, including as Europe Director. She was Director General of the Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat at the Cabinet Office between 2011 and 2015, and prior to that she served on the Board of HMRC as Head of Business Tax. She was Director General for Business Tax from November 2007, which involved responsibility for all the business taxes and duties as well as leadership of the department’s relationships with big business. From 2009, she also led the development of HMRC’s overall strategy as a department.

She has held non-executive roles including with the consumer body Which? and is a trustee of the Patchwork Foundation, which promotes the participation of under-represented young people in democracy.

Please note all attendees must register in advance to attend WIG events and may be asked to show photo ID on arrival.

By attending our events, delegates agree to adhere to our terms of engagement.

Event places are non-transferable, but colleagues are welcome to register via our website or email us at [email protected]

Date & time

18 Apr 2024

08:00 - 10:00

Attendance type

Hybrid (Online and In Person)

Where

Central London and Virtual

Price

Free

Theme(s)

Technology and digital

Collaborative leadership and organisational development

;