John Howard has been appointed founding chairman of the Transparency Task Force's (TTF) newly-formed advisory board.
Formerly a BBC TV and radio presenter - including presenting Radio 4's You and Yours between 1979 and 1994 - Howard was appointed to the role earlier this month and is also a member of the Scottish Widows independent governance committee (IGC) and with-profits committee.
He will be tasked, alongside other board members, with "formally" shaping the purpose and strategy of the pressure group.
He was also previously chairman of the Financial Services Consumer Panel from 2005 to 2008 and, upon stepping down, a non-executive director of the Financial Ombudsman Service from 2008 to 2010, and a member of the Independent Commission on Equitable Life Payments from 2010 to 2011.
"There can be no doubt that the financial ecosystem is profoundly important to the well-being of society, the global economy and political stability," he said. "So it has always been obvious to me that consumers must get treated fairly. The TTF has gotten off to a very good start and I am pleased to have the opportunity to help take it to the next level."
Howard said he would be "busy" with the recruitment of around a dozen people for the board but urged any interested persons to get in touch.
TTF founding chairman Andy Agathangelou added the "momentum" behind the TTF had driven the need for the board.
"We have grown to the point that an advisory board is now needed to formally shape our purpose and strategy moving forward," he said.
"It is important that we assemble a great team and all great teams need a great leader. All those who know John Howard will immediately understand why he is the perfect person to take on such an important role for us. He has had an authentic, high-profile, pro-consumer worldview for decades. We are honoured that John wants to help lead us forward."
Howard is currently also vice-chairman of the National Counties Building Society, a director of Consumer Insights, and a trustee of The Thalidomide Trust.
Between 2009 and 2015, he was a non-executive director for Ofgem, the gas and electricity market regulator, and between 2006 and 2008, he was a member of the market participants group of the committee of securities regulators.
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