The Rt Hon Sir Jeremy Hanley KCMG

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A Chartered Accountant, Sir Jeremy has carried on a wide-ranging commercial life since retiring from politics in 1997. Previously he was Member of Parliament for Richmond & Barnes from 1983-97, and a Government Minister for over 7 years. His posts included: Cabinet Minister without Portfolio whilst Chairman of the Conservative Party, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (responsible for Hong Kong and the Middle East), Minister of State for the Armed Forces at the Ministry of Defence and Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland as Minister for Health & Social Services, Minister for Agriculture and for Education and Political Development. He was selected for "Great Parliamentary Speeches 1978-91" and is an acclaimed after-dinner speaker.

He qualified as an FCA (1969), FCCA (1980) and FCIS(1980) and was Senior Lecturer in Law with the Financial Training Co. for 21 years, becoming Deputy Chairman. He now serves on the Boards and Audit Committees of a number of quoted and unquoted companies, including currently Willis Group Holdings Inc, Lottomatica SpA and Langbar International plc, after working with Credit Lyonnais, CSS Stellar (and PFD) Ltd, Nymex Ltd, Blue Hackle Ltd and Gtech Inc. He was with the ITE Group plc for 10 years, and served on the Board of International Advisers for Talal abu-Ghazaleh from 2005/2006. He is a consultant on trade in the Middle East and Asia and has led 17 high level trade missions to 8 countries since 1997; he is a director and chairman of the Audit Committee of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce.