Chair, IPO

Tim Suter

Tim  Suter



Tim is Chair of the Intellectual Property Office.

Tim established Perspective Associates in January 2008, offering specialist advice on strategic media policy and regulation to clients in: broadcasting and media companies, government, and regulatory authorities in the UK and internationally.

In 2003 he was a founding Partner in the UK’s media and communications regulator, Ofcom, responsible for all aspects of content regulation. Among the issues he handled was the reform of the rights framework for the independent production sector, an intervention widely acknowledged to have been the catalyst for the significant growth of the sector over the last decade. He currently sits on the board of Ofcom as a Non-Executive Director.

Tim started his media career in the BBC, where over fifteen years he was variously a producer of drama and documentary, and a reporter and senior editor of news and current affairs programmes.

In 1999 he joined the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as a specialist advisor to the Secretary of State, before being appointed Head of Broadcasting Policy, overseeing the 2003 Communications Act and the creation of the newly converged regulatory body, Ofcom.

Chair, IPO

The role of our Steering Board is to advise ministers, through our Director General, on our strategies and performance (including targets) as set out in our corporate plan. It also provides guidance from a commercial standpoint on our operation and development across a range of issues. The chair provides effective strategic leadership to the Steering Board and support to the executive team.

During the last 12 months, the Steering Board has provided advice and guidance on a wide range of topics, such as our corporate plan, agency targets, intellectual property policy, accounts and risk management. The Steering Board meets six times a year.