Geoffrey Norris

Geoffrey
Norris

Senior Adviser

Geoffrey is GC’s lead consultant on business and industrial policymaking, with a particular focus on energy. 

Geoffrey is an expert in energy and industrial policy and has been at the heart of business policy-making in the UK for the last decade. He was one of the key architects of Britain and Europe’s current approach to energy policy and climate change. He was a special adviser at the UK Department of Business in Whitehall. Before this, he worked for more than ten years as the principal business adviser in 10 Downing Street to Prime Minister Tony Blair and subsequently to Gordon Brown.

Articles by Geoffrey Norris on the GC Blog and GC analysis

Murdoch reaches for the Sky – will he fall flat again?

Author: 
Norris
16 Dec 2016
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Region: 
UK

Following yesterday’s formal confirmation of 21st Century Fox's bid to take control of Sky, UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley will soon need to decide on whether to launch a public interest investigation into the takeover. There is a strong sense of déjà vu with News Corporation’s ill-fated bid for BskyB in 2010.

BT and Ofcom – who will blink first?

Author: 
Norris
30 Nov 2016
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Region: 
EU/Eurozone

Frustrated by the lack of progress in its attempt to reach a voluntary agreement with BT Group about the future of its Openreach subsidiary, UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, this week raised the stakes. Chief Executive, Sharon White, notified the European Commission of its intention to impose legal separation between BT and Openreach, its infrastructure network. This separation would establish Openreach as a "distinct company with its own board" with a majority of non-BT Group affiliated non-executives – owning its assets and directly employing staff.