Terence Burns, Baron Burns

Terence Burns, Baron Burns GCB (born 13 March 1944, Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham), sometimes known as Terry Burns, is a British economist, made a life peer in 1998 for his services as former Chief Economic Advisor and Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury. He is currently Senior adviser to Santander UK,[1] Non-Executive Chairman of Glas Cymru, and a Non-Executive Director of Pearson Group plc. He is also President of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, President of the Society of Business Economists, Ex Chairman of the Governing Body of the Royal Academy of Music, and Ex Chairman of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra he is now Chairman of the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). On 5 November 2009 he was announced Chairman Designate of Channel Four Television Corporation, succeeding Luke Johnson, who retired on 27 January 2010 following six years in the post.[2][3]

The Lord Burns

Official portrait of Lord Burns crop 2
Chairman of Channel Four Television Corporation
In office
Jan 2010 – Jan 2016
Preceded byLuke Johnson
Succeeded byCharles Gurassa
Senior adviser to Santander UK
Assumed office
President of National Institute of Economic and Social Research
In office
Preceded by-
Succeeded bySir Nicholas Monck
Personal details
Terence (Terry) Burns, Baron Burns

13 March 1944
Anne Elizabeth Powell (m. 1969)
Children1 son and 2 daughters

Government career

His government service began as a member of the HM Treasury Academic Panel from 1976 to 1979, then Chief Economic Adviser to the Treasury and Head of the Government Economic Service from 1980 to 1991, and Permanent Secretary of HM Treasury from 1991 to 1998.

Lord Burns was a member of the Hansard Society Commission on Parliamentary Scrutiny which ran from 1999 to 2001.[4] He was a member of the Scottish Fee Support Review from 1998 to 2000, and Chairman of the Committee of Inquiry into Hunting with Dogs in England and Wales[5] in 2000. He was Chairman of the National Lottery Commission between 2000 and 2001. In 2003, he was appointed Independent Adviser to the Secretary of State for the BBC Charter Review.[6]

Business career

Lord Burns was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Pearson plc in 1999, and Senior Independent Director in 2004.[7] He was also a Non-Executive Director of Legal and General Group plc between 1999 and 2001, and of The British Land Company plc between 2000 and 2005. In July 2000, he was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Glas Cymru.[8] He was named Chairman of Abbey National plc in February 2002, and a Non-Executive Director of Banco Santander Central Hispano S.A. in December 2004.[9] He became Chairman of Marks and Spencer plc in 2006, after serving as Deputy Chairman since 2005.[10]


Lord Burns has been President of the Society of Business Economists since 1998, previously serving as Vice-President since 1985.[11] He has been President of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research since 2003, previously serving as a Governor.[12] He is also a Fellow of the London Business School, and a Vice-President of the Royal Economic Society.[13]

Other positions held

Lord Burns chaired the Government Inquiry into Hunting with Dogs in England and Wales in 1999–2000, was named Chairman of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra in 2001 after serving as a Trustee since 1998 and was appointed Chairman of the Governing Body of the Royal Academy of Music in 2002 after being a Governor since 1998.

He was Non-Executive Director of Queens Park Rangers FC between 1996 and 2001. In 2004, he was appointed Chairman of the FA Structural Review by The Football Association, and delivered his Final Report on 12 August 2005.[14]

Personal life

The son of Patrick Owen Burns, a coalminer, and Doris Burns, he was born and brought up in the village of Hetton-le-Hole in County Durham, and educated at Houghton-le-Spring Grammar School and the University of Manchester, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1965. He has been married to Anne Elizabeth Powell since 1969. They have a son and two daughters.


He was knighted in the 1983 Birthday Honours,[15] and was appointed to the Order of the Bath as a Knight Grand Cross (GCB) in the 1995 Birthday Honours.[16] In the 1998 Birthday Honours, he was raised to the peerage as Baron Burns, of Pitshanger in the London Borough of Ealing.[17][18] He sits as a crossbencher.[19]

He holds honorary doctorates and professorships from five British universities.

Styles of address

  • 1944–1983: Mr Terence Burns
  • 1983–1995: Sir Terence Burns
  • 1995–1998: Sir Terence Burns GCB
  • 1998–: The Rt Hon. The Lord Burns GCB


  • Britton, A., Randolph Quirk, Terence Burns, Peter Mathias, John Mason, The Interpretation and Use of Economic Predictions: Discussion, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Volume 407, Issue 1832, (1986), 1986RSPSA.407..123B
  • The UK Government's Financial Strategy (1988)


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Lord Burns confirmed as Channel 4 chairman, Mark Sweney, The Guardian, 5 November 2009
  3. ^ Lord Burns named new C4 chairman, BBC News, 5 November 2009
  4. ^ Lord Newton of Braintree (chair) (2001), The Challenge for Parliament: Making Government Accountable: Report of the Hansard Society Commission on parliamentary scrutiny, (London:Vacher Dod) ISBN 978-0-905702-31-5
  5. ^ "Committee of Inquiry into Hunting with Dogs in England and Wales". Archived from the original on 26 June 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2007.
  6. ^ "BBC Charter Review – Independent Advisor". Retrieved 25 May 2007.
  7. ^ "Pearson – Non-Executive Directors". Archived from the original on 18 July 2007. Retrieved 26 May 2007.
  8. ^ "Glas Cymru – Directors". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 26 May 2007.
  9. ^ "Abbey National plc – Board Directors". Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 26 May 2007.
  10. ^ "Marks and Spencer plc – Board Member Biographies". Retrieved 26 May 2007.
  11. ^ "Society of Business Economists – SBE Officers". Archived from the original on 17 July 2007. Retrieved 26 May 2007.
  12. ^ "National Institute of Economic and Social Research – Council of Management". Archived from the original on 6 February 2007. Retrieved 26 May 2007.
  13. ^ "Royal Economic Society – RES Council". Archived from the original on 25 June 2007. Retrieved 26 May 2007.
  14. ^ "The FA – The FA Structural Review". Archived from the original on 26 March 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2007.
  15. ^ "No. 49375". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 June 1983. p. 1.
  16. ^ "No. 54066". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 1995. p. 3.
  17. ^ "No. 55204". The London Gazette. 23 July 1998. p. 8043.
  18. ^ "No. 24439". The Edinburgh Gazette. 24 July 1998. p. 2019.
  19. ^ "Minutes of Proceedings". House of Lords Minutes and Order Paper. 29 July 1998. Retrieved 25 May 2007.

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Preceded by
Luke Johnson
Chairman of Channel 4
January 2010 – January 2016
Succeeded by
Charles Gurassa
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Lord Burns

Lord Burns may refer to either:

David Burns, Lord Burns, Scottish judge

Terence Burns, Baron Burns, life peer

March 13

March 13 is the 72nd day of the year (73rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 293 days remain until the end of the year.

Terry Burns

Terry Burns may refer to:

Terence Burns, Baron Burns (born 1944), British economist

Terry W. Burns (born 1942), American author


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