The Rt Hon
John Gummer was Margaret Thatcher’s Chairman of the Conservative Party
and for 16 years a minister, becoming Minister for Agriculture,
Fisheries and Food, and then Secretary of State for the Environment.
His experience as an international negotiator has earned him worldwide
respect both in the business community and among environmentalists.
Previous to his ministerial career he was a successful businessman and
Chairman of a medium sized plc.
In consecutive years, the BBC unprecedentedly awarded him the title
‘Parliamentarian who did most for the Environment Internationally’,
while the NGO community called him ‘the best Environment Secretary we
have ever had’.
Since leaving office he has held the positions of Chairman of the
International Commission on Sustainable Consumption, Chairman
of the Marine Stewardship Council and Non-Executive Director of Kidde
Plc. He is currently Chairman of The Sancroft Group, Chairman of
Valpak Ltd., Chairman of the Association of Independent Financial
Advisors, and Chairman of Veolia UK Ltd.
In December 2005 David Cameron appointed him Chairman of the Quality of