Cathryn Ross has been appointed as the first Chair of the new Regulatory Horizon Council, a government-backed committee to ensure that UK regulation keeps pace with innovation and enables it to thrive while safeguarding the public.

Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi has appointed Cathryn Ross, the Group Regulatory Affairs Director at BT, as the first chair of the committee, which was a key recommendation from the white paper on Regulation for the fourth Industrial Revolution.

It will be responsible for:

  • advising government on regulatory reform to bolster the rapid and safe development and introduction of emerging products, services and business models in the UK
  • working with innovators, businesses, academics and regulators to scan the business horizon for technological innovation and trends, building on existing work and data across government
  • delivering a regular report with recommendations on priorities for regulatory reform to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future