Professor Jim Norton BEngHons CEng DEng FIET FIoD FRSA

Member of the Information Technology Policy Panel

Jim Norton

Professor Norton has been a member of the IET Information Technology Policy Panel since October 2004.

Aged fifty three, Jim Norton is an independent director, policy adviser and public speaker. On a part-time basis, Jim is the Senior Policy Advisor - e-Business and e-Government, for the UK Institute of Directors (IoD).  He is also Senior Non-Executive Director of Zetex plc and Non-Executive Director of F&C Capital & Income Trust plc.

His policy roles include:

  • external member of the Board of the UK Parliament's Office of Science & Technology (POST);
  • council member of the Parliamentary IT Committee (PITCOM);
  • Board Member and Trustee of the Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR);
  • Member of the ‘External Advisory Group’ (EAG) and of the 'Forward Looking Programme Steering Panel' (FLP) for the Irish Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg);
  • and member of the Utilities Appeals Tribunal for the Island of Guernsey

He was previously Head of e-Business Policy at the Institute of Directors (1999-2001).   Prior to joining IoD, Jim led the Cabinet Office team that produced the PIU report 'e-commerce@its.best.uk' for the UK Prime Minister in September 1999.

He is a former Chief Executive of the DTI Radio-communications Agency (the UK's radio spectrum manager 1993-1998) and has held senior positions in Cable & Wireless (Marketing Director C&W Europe 1990-1993), Butler-Cox (Director Vendor Consulting Practice 1987-1990), and British Telecom (Senior Manager International Business Development).

Jim is a past non-executive director of 3i European Technology Trust plc (role completed 20/12/04) and of Securicor plc (retired 31/12/02) and is the former UK Country Manager for the Deutsche Telekom (DT) Group and former Executive Chairman of DT Ltd (2001-2002).

He is a Visiting Professor of Electronic Engineering at Sheffield University and a Doctor of Engineering of that University.  Jim is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET).  He is also a Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS), of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Commerce and Manufactures and of the Institute of Directors.  Jim holds the Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors and is a Chartered Director.

Jim was a member of the Strategic Stakeholders' Group (SSG) of the UK National High-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCHU) prior to the creation of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) in April 2006 and of the NESTA FutureLab committee, prior to FutureLab being spun out from NESTA also in April 2006.