Professor Robert Pinker, Emeritus Professor of Social Administration at LSE, has taken oven as Acting Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, following Lord Wakeham's decision to stand aside in light of the Enron situation.
Professor Pinker has served as a member of the UK Press Complaints Commission since 1991 and as its Privacy Commissioner since 1994. His previous experience in the field of self-regulation includes Council membership of the Advertising Standards Authority from 1988 to 1995 and the Direct Mail Services Standards Board/Accreditation Centre from 1995 to 1998.
In his academic career, he had held Professorial appointments at Goldsmiths College, Chelsea College and the London School of Economics and Political Science. During his tenure at LSE, he served as Pro-Director of the School from 1985 to 1988, and as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Social Sciences of the University of London from 1989 to 1990. In 1996 he was appointed Emeritus Professor of Social Administration at LSE. His academic publications include Social Theory and Social Policy, 1971; The Idea of Welfare, 1979; Social Work in an Enterprise Society, 1990, and more recently, various articles on social policy issues and press self-regulation.
For further information about his PCC work, please contact Tonia Milton at the Press Complaints Commission on 020 7353 1248. See www.pcc.org.uk/ for Lord Wakeham's statement.
1 February 2002