Stephen Unger

Connect with Stephen on

About Stephen

Until recently I was a Board member of Ofcom, the UK regulator for digital communications. I was one of three executive members of the Board, and I also served as Acting Chief Executive. I set strategy, represented the UK internationally, and led Ofcom’s technology programme.

Before I was a regulator I spent several years in the private sector, working for start-ups developing new wireless technologies. I have particularly fond memories of Ionica, Cambridge’s first billion-dollar company.

The first part of my career was in astrophysics research. I was the first Director of what was then the most powerful telescope in the world. I published over 40 research papers in scientific journals.

I now hold a portfolio of non-executive and advisory roles in the technology sector, covering the closely related fields of telecommunications and data science:

  • I am a Board member of the Geospatial Data Commission. I chair a taskforce on data-driven innovation in transport networks.
  • I am on the advisory boards of Faculty AI and ASSIA, both companies which are developing advanced data analytic tools.
  • I work as a consultant with various companies in the tech sector. I advise on the issues that arise when technology strategy meets public policy.
  • I am a member of the programme board for government-funded 5G test-beds, and the independent assurance panel for the Emergency Services Network programme.

In my spare time I am writing a book on the history of technology regulation. This explores how modern communications networks have been shaped, over a period of more than 200 years, by the interplay between technological innovation, commercial rivalry, and public policy.

Subscribe to the CW newsletter

This site uses cookies.

We use cookies to help us to improve our site and they enable us to deliver the best possible service and customer experience. By clicking accept or continuing to use this site you are agreeing to our cookies policy. Learn more

Start typing and press enter or the magnifying glass to search

Sign up to our newsletter
Stay in touch with CW

Choosing to join an existing organisation means that you'll need to be approved before your registration is complete. You'll be notified by email when your request has been accepted.

i
Your password must be at least 8 characters long and contain at least 1 uppercase character, 1 lowercase character and at least 1 number.

I would like to subscribe to

Select at least one option*