Gill Whitehead


Group Director, Online Safety

Gill was appointed Ofcom’s Group Director for Online Safety at the end of 2022, formally taking on her role in April 23 when the new Online Safety Group was formed. She oversees Ofcom’s new duties as the UK regulator for online safety.

Prior to this Gill, was the inaugural Chief Executive of the UK’s Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum (DRCF) where she established the DRCF as a world-leading approach to implementing digital regulation.

Gill spent four years as Google UK’s Senior Director of Client Solutions & Analytics, leading teams in data analysis, measurement, user experience, consumer segmentation, having previously led their Market Insights across EMEA. Gill previously worked at Channel Four and BBC Worldwide in a variety of strategy leadership and technology-driven roles, beginning her career at the Bank of England and Deloitte Consulting.

Gill holds a Master’s degree at the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute and spent 2 years conducting academic research in her interest areas of data markets and data access.

Gill is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She is a Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair of Informa plc, the British Olympic Association, and Chair of the Board for The Rugby World Cup 2025.