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Tim Gardam appointed Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation

By Nuffield Foundation

The board of trustees is delighted to announce the appointment of influential educator and broadcaster Tim Gardam as the new Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation.

Tim is currently Principal of St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford and Chairman of the Which? Council. He will take up his position at the Foundation on 1 September 2016.

Prior to joining St Anne’s College in 2004, Tim worked for 25 years in senior broadcasting roles, starting at the BBC where he was editor of Panorama and Newsnight, and later becoming Head of Current Affairs and Weekly News. He was Director of Television and Director of Programmes at Channel 4 from 1998 to 2003. From 2008 to 2015 Tim was a member of the Ofcom Board and was Chair of the Ofcom Content Board.

Tim was also the author of the Department for Culture Media and Sport Review of BBC Digital Radio Services in 2004, a member of Lord Burns’ Advisory Panel on the BBC Charter Review and a Director of SMG plc from 2005-7.

The trustees of the Nuffield Foundation are very pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Gardam as Chief Executive of the Foundation. He brings with him a wealth of leadership experience and a keen insight into the relationship between research and academia and public policy. These attributes, as well as his enquiring mind and an enthusiasm for what we do, make him the right person to lead the Foundation.” David Rhind, Nuffield Foundation Chairman Professor
The Nuffield Foundation is one of the leading independent funders of social research in the UK and I am excited to be appointed as its new Chief Executive. I’ve spent many years working at the intersections between academia, public policy and the wider public debate. This role will allow me to use my past experience to lead the Foundation and to increase its already considerable impact. I look forward to taking up the role in September and to working with trustees and staff.” Tim Gardam

Tim will take over from Josh Hillman, the Nuffield Foundation’s Director of Education, who has been Acting Director since June 2015.

The Nuffield Foundation is a charitable trust established in 1943 by William Morris, Lord Nuffield, the founder of Morris Motors. Its purpose is to improve social well-being by funding research and innovation, especially in education and social policy, and by building research capacity in science and social science.

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We improve people’s lives by funding research that informs social policy, primarily in EducationWelfare and Justice. We also fund student programmes that give young people skills and confidence in science and research.

We offer our grant-holders the freedom to frame questions and enable new thinking. Our research must stand up to rigorous academic scrutiny, but we understand that to be successful in effecting change, it also needs to be relevant to people’s experience.