At last, I retire completely

Technically, I finished working 17 years ago when I took early retirement on health grounds from the Communication Workers Union after 24 years as a national official with that organisation. In practice, in time I was able largely to address my health issues and continue working part-time through a portfolio of appointments in the consumer world.

So, over the last couple of decades, I have served on a variety of consumer advocacy bodies – often as chair – in various regulated sectors covering the Internet, telecommunications, broadcasting, posts, water, energy, and financial services (13 altogether). But, over the last three years, I have been on a glide-path to complete retirement, gradually stepping down from one position after another.

The last such position was Ofcom’s Consumer Forum for Communications which I have chaired for the last four and a half years. Earlier this week, I chaired my 19th quarterly meeting of the Forum which in fact will cease to operate at the end of this month. A colleague on the Forum has posted a kind tribute and a photograph here.

I am 71 in a few days and I feel that it is time to leave the world of work and enter a new phase in my life. As friends will know, the last three years have seen dramatic changes to my personal circumstances and I am now entering a new and exciting chapter in the mystery that we call life.


  • Lída

    HI Roger,
    all the best to your new phase of life!!! First of all good health and next good luck in all you do:-).
    Lída from the Czech Rep

  • Roger Darlington

    Thank you so much, Lida.
    I hope that all is well with you and your family.

  • Janelle Hartman

    Best of wishes, Roger. I’m sure you’ll still have adventures, whether near or far from home. Will look forward to your FB posts. Enjoy! Janelle

  • Roger Darlington

    Thanks, Janelle.

  • Carolyn

    It has been an absolute pleasure working with you over the years Roger wearing some of your difference hats.
    Enjoy your new life and look after yourself.
    Best wishes

  • Roger Darlington

    Thanks so much, Carolyn.


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