The Right Honourable Lord Howard of Lympne

Michael HowardMichael Howard was born in 1941 and educated at Llanelli Grammar School and Peterhouse, Cambridge.  In 1962 he was elected President of the Cambridge Union. He was called to the Bar in 1964 and was appointed a QC in 1982.

He was elected Member of Parliament for Folkestone and Hythe in 1983.  In 1984 he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Solicitor General.  The following year he entered the Government as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Trade and Industry with responsibility for corporate and consumer affairs.

In 1987 he moved to the Department of the Environment, first as Minister of State for Local Government and then as Minister of State for Water and Planning.  In 1990 he entered the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Employment, abolishing the closed shop and playing a crucial role in negotiating the UKs opt-out from the Social Chapter at Maastricht.

Following the 1992 election, Michael Howard was appointed Secretary of State for the Environment.  In this position he played a major role in securing the participation of the USA at the Earth Summit in Rio which he attended on behalf of the Government.

In May 1993 he became Home Secretary, a position he held for four years.  During his term of office crime fell by an unprecedented 18%.  When he left office, nearly a million fewer crimes a year were being committed than when he became Home Secretary four years previously.

Following the 1997 Election Michael Howard was appointed Shadow Foreign Secretary until his retirement from the Front Bench in June 1999.

In September 2001, under the Leadership of Iain Duncan Smith, he was invited to return to the front bench as Shadow Chancellor where he remained in post until November 2003.

Michael was then elected as Leader of the Conservative Party, a position he held for over two years.  He led the Party at the 2005 General Election, the first election in 22 years in which the Party gained a significant number of seats.  In that election the Conservative won more votes than Labour in England.  Indeed if just 14,500 votes in the 34 seats which give Labour its majority had changed their vote, Labour would have been deprived of its majority.

The day after the election Michael announced his decision to stand down as Leader of the Party, but called for a debate on the future direction of the Party before the commencement of any leadership election.  He submitted his resignation in November, and, following the election of David Cameron in December 2005, handed over the leadership to him.

Michael continues to represent Folkestone and Hythe at Westminster.

Lord Powell of Bayswater

Lord Powell of BayswaterLord Powell was for many years Private Secretary and adviser on foreign affairs and defence to Lady Thatcher when she was Prime Minister, and held the same position in the early part of John Major’s time as Prime Minister. Since 1992 he has been an international businessman, serving as a Board member of several major international companies. He is currently Chairman of Sagitta Asset Management Limited, and Chairman of LVMH, Louis Vuitton Moet-Hennessy in the UK. He is a board member of, among others, the Textron Corporation, Caterpillar Inc., LVMH, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Schindler Corporation, Northern Trust Global Services, Yell Group, Matheson & Co, and British Mediterranean Airways. He also holds a number of other positions, in particular President of the China-Britain Business Council, Chairman of the Trustees of the Oxford Business School and a Trustee of the British Museum.


Charles Powell was born in Sussex, UK in 1941. He was educated at King’s School, Canterbury and New College, Oxford, where he obtained a first class honours degree in History.

He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1963 and served successively in Helsinki, Washington, Bonn and at the European Community in Brussels, as well as in the Foreign Office in London. In 1984 he became Private Secretary and adviser on foreign affairs and defence to the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. He continued to serve in the same capacity with John Major until 1991.

Lord Powell subsequently embarked on a career in international business in 1992. He is currently Chairman of two companies: Sagitta Asset Management Limited and LVMH Louis Vuitton Moet-Hennessy in the United Kingdom.

He serves as a Director of the Textron Corporation and of Caterpillar Inc. in the United States, of LVMH in France, of Schindler Corporation in Switzerland and of Yell Group in the UK. He is also a Director of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, of Matheson & Co, of British Mediterranean Airways, and Northern Trust Global Services .

Previous directorships include Jardine Matheson Holdings and associated companies (1992-2000), National Westminster Bank and Arjo Wiggins Appleton.

Lord Powell is a member of a number of international advisory boards including Textron Corporation, Barrick Gold, Magna Corporation, HCL Technologies, Diligence LLC and GEMS Oriental & General Fund, as well as the European Advisory Board of Rolls-Royce and the European Strategy Board of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst.

Lord Powell also serves as President of the China-Britain Business Council: as Chairman of the Trustees of the Said Business School at Oxford University: as a Trustee of the Aspen Institute in the United States: and as a Trustee of the British Museum.

Lord Powell was created a Life Peer in the 2000 New Year Honours List. He is married and has two sons.