Millie Banerjee

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Millie Banerjee
Urmila Ray-Chaudhuri

(1946-06-30) 30 June 1946 (age 75)
Kolkata, India
Alma materUniversity College London
University of North London
OccupationAcademic, businessperson

Urmila "Millie" Banerjee, CBE (née Ray-Chaudhuri; born 30 June 1946 in Calcutta) is a British businessperson who has held a number of public appointments.


Banerjee read for a BSc in zoology at University College London and then a DMS from the Polytechnic of North London (now the University of North London). In 1970, she started working for Post Office Telecommunications, initially as an operational manager and rising to Director level from 1990 to 1995 in what was now BT. Banerjee then transferred to ICO Global Communications, serving as Vice-President of Programme Management from 1995 to 1997, then Executive vice-President of Operations until 2000.[1][2]

Public appointments[edit]

Banerjee has extensive board experience, having served as a non-executive director or board member for a number of public sector-related organisations:

Banerjee's government posts include the Prison Service Agency (1990–1995), the Cabinet Office between 1999 and 2005, the Nurses and Allied Professions Pay Review Board (1999–2002), Channel 4 from 2000 to 2002, the Judicial Appointments Commission (2001–05), and the Strategic Rail Authority, (2002–05), and as Chairman of Postwatch from 2005 to 2008 when it was merged into Consumer Focus, and of the Postal Services Commission in 2011 until it was dissolved and merged into Ofcom, and as a Member of Ofcom itself from 2002 to 2012.[1][3]

Academic and vocational institutions with which Banerjee has been involved include being Governor of London South Bank University from 1993 to 1998, as Director of Focus Central London (1997–2000) and of the Sector Skills Development Agency (2001–04), as a Member of the Advisory Board to the Tanaka Business School at Imperial College London from 2003 to 2007, and as a Trustee (and latterly chairman) of the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust (2001–2007).[1][2] She was Chair of the British Transport Police Authority from 2008 to 2015[1]

Banerjee is currently a Governor of the Peabody Trust since 2008,[1] as a Member of Newham Primary Care Trust (now NHS East London and the City) since 2009,[3] as Chair of Working Links since 2010[4] and as Chair of the Nominet Trust since 2012.[3]

Banerjee was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2002 for her work supporting Civil Service reform,[5] and as High Sheriff of Greater London for 2012/13.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e A & C Black (2012). "BANERJEE, Urmila, (Millie)". Who's Who 2012, online edition. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b British Transport Police Authority (2012). "Millie Banerjee". BTPA website. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Nominet Trust (2011). "Millie Banerjee CBE". Nominet Trust website. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  4. ^ Working Links (2010). "New chair appointed at Working Links". Press release. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  5. ^ "No. 56595". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2002. p. 7.
  6. ^ "No. 60087". The London Gazette. 15 March 2012. p. 5223.

Positions held[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by Chairman of

Organisation merged
into Consumer Focus
Preceded by Chairman of the
Postal Services Commission

Commission merged
into Ofcom
Police appointments
Preceded by Chairman of the
British Transport Police Authority

Succeeded by
Honorary titles
Preceded by High Sheriff of Greater London
Succeeded by
David Fraser Christopher Jones
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by Chair of
Working Links