Lord Burns stepped down in December 2017 as OBR non-executive member after being appointed Chairman of Ofcom. The process for appointing his successor will commence early 2018.
Lord Burns is a Special Adviser to Banco Santander SA and Vice Chairman of the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts Ltd. He is a former Chief Economic Advisor and Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury, Chairman of Santander UK plc, Channel Four Television, Marks and Spencer plc and Welsh Water, and an Independent Adviser to the Secretary of State on the BBC Charter Review. Lord Burns is also Chairman of the Mid Wales Music Trust, Vice President of the Royal Academy of Music and a Board member of the Festivals of Literature Charitable Trust.