Sir Ian Byatt

(Elected 2005)

Sir Ian Byatt is former Director General of OFWAT – the Office of Water Services for England and Wales – a post he held between 1989 and 2000.

In 2005, he was appointed to the position of Chairman of the new Water Industry Commission for Scotland. One of the first jobs of the Commission is to review water charges from 2006–10.

At Birkbeck Sir Ian served on the Board of Governors as a co-opted Governor from 1997 to September 2005. He was also Chairman of Birkbeck’s Finance and General Purposes Committee between 2001/02 and 2004/05.

Sir Ian has an active history in the world of academia. A former Commonwealth Fund Fellow of Harvard (1957–58), he held the post of economics lecturer at two higher education institutions: the University of Durham and the London School of Economics. As senior Treasury advisor to the Water Industry Commissioner since 2002, he is an expert on state monopolies before privatisation, and has published several policy documents and articles on public services for official reports and learned journals.