Professional life

Telegraph Media Group: Executive Director, 2005-2018; Deputy Chairman, 2018-  

Director of Communications, Conservative Central Office and Press Secretary to Rt Hon Michael Howard QC, MP (Leader of the Opposition), 2003-05

Director, Press Complaints Commission, 1996-2003

Associate Director, Good Relations (1994-6); and Westminster Strategy (1992-4)

Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Energy, 1989-1992

Conservative Research Department, 1986-89

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Press and media freedom, and regulation

Chairman, Press Standards Board of Finance, 2009-14

Director, Advertising Standards Board of Finance, 2005-

President, Institute of Promotional Marketing, 2015 -

International media

Supervisory Board of WAN-IFRA (World Association of News Publishers), 2020- 

Vice-President, News Media Europe, 2015 -

Chairman, Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust, 2009-

President, European Newspaper Publishers Association, 2014-2015

Media and press charities and organisations

Patron, Rory Peck Trust, 2014-

Vice President, The Journalists’ Charity, 2014-

President, The Printing Charity, 2013-15

President Emeritus, The Printing Charity 2015 -

President, The London Press Club, 2012-


Chairman of the Royal College of Music, 2017 - (and member of Council since 2009)

Chairman, The Hanover Band, 2014-2017

Trustee, Mayor of London's Fund for Young Musicians, 2010-11

Honorary Member, Incorporated Society of Musicians, 2015

Public bodies and charities

Treasurer, Imperial War Museum Foundation, 2009-

Trustee, Imperial War Museum, 2007 - 2015

Honorary Vice President, Northern Ireland Schools Debating Competition, 2007-

Patron, International Cat Care, 2016 -

Patron, Terrence Higgins Trust, 2017-

St Bride’s

Master of St Bride's Guild, 2020 - 

Churchwarden, St Bride’s, 2014- 2017

Member of the Guild of St Bride, 2009-


Governor, Brentwood School, 2013-

President, Society of Old Brentwoods, 2012-13

Member, Brentwood District Council, 1988-1992

Honours and Awards

2016 - Awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations

2016 - Received Pink News "Peer of the Year" Award for contribution to LGBT rights

2017 - Received Journalists' Charity Award for outstanding contribution to journalists and journalism. 


Peterhouse, Cambridge, MA in History, 1982-85. (Winner Sir Herbert Butterfield Prize for History, 1985; John Cosin Scholarship, 1984)

Brentwood School, Essex, 1971-81


House of Lords 

Appointed to the House of Lords as a Conservative Peer, July 2010

Committees and All Party Groups

Member, Select Committee on Democracy and Digital Technology, 2019-2020

Member, Information Committee, 2011- 2015

Member, Select Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict, 2015 -

Member, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Privacy and Super-injunctions, 2011-12

Vice Chairman, All Party Parliamentary Groups on HIV; ITV; and Cats (APGOCATS). 

Co Chairman, APPG on Music Education

Parliamentary record

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Introduced the Welfare of Cats Bill as Private Members’ legislation in July 2014. For a copy of the Bill click here

Updated: October 2020