Mr Christopher Graham, BA (Vice-President)

Christopher Graham

Christopher Graham is Chair of Public Services Lab LLP, a Liverpool-based joint venture working to help reimagine the delivery of public services, with a bigger role for communities, charities, and social enterprise. He is a Non-executive director of Electoral Reform Services Ltd (senior independent director), 2017 to date. From 2009 to 2016, Christopher served as UK Information Commissioner, with responsibility for overseeing the Freedom of Information Act and Data Protection Act regimes. From 2012 to 2014, he served as Vice-Chair of the Article 29 Working Party of EU privacy commissioners.  Christopher was Director General of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) from April 2000 to June 2009 and from 2003-5, he was Chairman of the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA), the federation of advertising self-regulatory bodies across the EU Single Market. 

Prior to joining the ASA, Christopher was for three years Secretary of the BBC, having first joined the broadcaster as a News Trainee in 1973.  He subsequently became a Current Affairs Producer for BBC radio and TV before becoming Managing Editor of News Programmes for TV and Radio.

Christopher is a Liverpool alumnus, graduating with a B.A. (Hons) in History in 1973 and during his time at the University he held the position of President of the Guild of Undergraduates (now Guild of Students) from 1971-72.

In addition Christopher was a member of Liverpool City Council 1971-4, representing St Michael’s Ward, a member of the Education Committee and a Governor of Liverpool Institute High Schools.