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Dr Shirley Dent


Head of Communications

Dr Shirley Dent, Head of Communications – PhonepayPlus

Dr Shirley Dent is Head of Communications at PhonepayPlus, the UK regulator of premium rate telephone services. She led PhonepayPlus’ report published this year into Children as Connected Consumers, which outlines some of the issues the regulator has seen as more and more young people own smartphones and connected devices and use them to access and purchase digital content. Shirley has worked in communications for policy bodies and think-tanks for fifteen years, including as Communications Director for the Institute of Ideas, where she ran a series of debates on the media for the Battle of Ideas festival. She is has also widely published on the poet and painter, William Blake.