Tim Gardam

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Tim Gardam
Born (1956-01-14) 14 January 1956 (age 61)[1]
Education Westminster School
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Occupation Journalist, Academic Administrator

Timothy David Gardam (born 14 January 1956), is a British journalist, media executive and educator. He served as Principal of St Anne's College, Oxford from 2004 to 2016.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

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.[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]


  1. ^ a b c "GARDAM, Timothy David". Who's Who 2012. A&C Black. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  2. ^ a b "St Anne's College: Head of House". Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  3. ^ http://www.rokebyschool.co.uk/robc/reunions.php
  4. ^ Timothy Gardam at the Internet Movie Database.
  5. ^ "Tim Gardam's Edinburgh speech". The Guardian. 2002-08-27. Retrieved 2012-05-01. Speech by the director of programming at Channel 4 to the Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival on August 25, 2002 
  6. ^ Gardam, Tim (October 2004). "Independent Review of the BBC's Digital Radio Services" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  7. ^ a b "Ofcom: Tim Gardam". Ofcom. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 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. ^ http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/news/tim-gardam-appointed-chief-executive-nuffield-foundation
Academic offices
Preceded by
Ruth Deech
Principal of St Anne's College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Helen King
Media offices
Preceded by
Director of Television at Channel 4
2002 – 2003
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Director of Programmes at Channel 4
1998 – 2002
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Head of Weekly Programmes at BBC News
1993 – 1996
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Editor: Newsnight
1990 – 1993
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Editor: Panorama
1987 – 1990
Succeeded by