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International Centre for Financial Regulation appoints David Currie as chairman

The International Centre for Financial Regulation has announced that David Currie has been appointed as its first chairman.

Currie (pictured), who chaired the initial working group responsible for preparing the centre's prospectus and terms of reference two years ago, will help direct the organisation's strategy as well as establishing relations with potential stakeholders across the world and advising on research and training.

'It is a delight to welcome such a qualified and experienced chairman,' says the centre's chief executive Barbara Ridpath. 'David's help in increasing the visibility of the ICFR across the globe will be invaluable and his knowledge of the sector will further add to the quality of its output.'

Currie has served the inaugural chairman of the communications regulator, Ofcom, since July 2002 and steps down this month. A well-known figure in international economic policy, Currie has published extensively in the field of government regulation of industry and of macroeconomic policy.

He was dean of Cass Business School (2001-2007), professor of economics (1988-2000) and deputy dean (1992-95, 1999-2000) at London Business School and director of its centre for economic forecasting (1988-95) and regulation initiative (1995-2000).

He has previously served as chairman of Independent Audit, on the board of Abbey National and on the board of Ofgem, the UK energy regulator, as well as on a variety of UK government advisory bodies including the Treasury's panel of independent forecasters.

He is chairman of Semperian PPP Investment Partners and a board member of the Dubai Financial Services Authority, the Royal Mail, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the newly launched Institute for Government. He also chairs the major project on innovation at the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.

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