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Appointments taken up by former Ministers

The table below sets out details of the appointments considered by the Committee since April 2012, where it is known that the appointment has been taken up or announced.

Information on appointments taken up before April 2012 can be found in the relevant annual report

Please Note: If an appointment is not listed here, it does not necessarily mean that approval has not been given, as we release information only when we are informed that an appointment has been taken up or announced.

Leighton Andrews
Former Minister for Education and Skills, Welsh Government
Left office June 2013
Columnist, Golwg
Took up new appointment September 2013
Mr Andrews sought permission to take up an unpaid, part-time position as a columnist with Golwg, a Welsh language magazine.

When considering this application, the Committee noted that Mr Andrews had had official dealings with Golwg whilst in office, but that these had only been through interviews.  The Committee took into account the fact that a grant had been awarded to Golwg by the Welsh Government, but that this had not come from Mr Andrews’s former Department.  The Committee further considered the fact that this role would be unpaid.

The Committee advised Mr Andrews that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment, subject to the conditions that:

- he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister; and

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office, Mr Andrews should not become personally involved in lobbying the Welsh Government on behalf of his new employer, its parent company or its clients.
Date of approval
Approval letter
July 2013 
Dictionary of Welsh Biography
Took up new appointment March 2014

Leighton Andrews sought the Committee’s advice about accepting a role as Board Member for the Dictionary of Welsh Biography.

When considering the application the Committee took into account that he had contact with the organisation funding this project, the National Librarian to groups looking at the use of digital resources in schools and higher education. The Committee further noted that the Permanent Secretary’s office did not see any propriety issues with this application.

The Commitee advised Mr Andrews that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment subject to the condtions that: 

- that he should not draw on any privileged information available to you as a Minister; and

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the Welsh Government on behalf of his new employer, its parent company or its clients.

Date of approval  
Approval letter
February 2014
Joint Venture Company
Took up new appointment March 2014

Mr Andrews sought the Committee’s advice to set up a joint venture company with a software developer, to develop his ideas for two web or mobile applications.

The Committee advised Mr Andrews that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment subject to the conditions that:

- that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister;

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not receive investment or salary from Box UK; and

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the Welsh Government on behalf of his new company or its clients.

Date of Letter
Approval Letter 

January 2014
Henry Bellingham
Former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Left office September 2012
Non-Executive Director, Developing Markets Limited
Took up new appointment May 2013

Mr Bellingham sought permission to accept a position as a part-time Non-Executive Director of Developing Markets Associates Ltd (DMA). The role would involve working across emerging markets providing strategic advice, chairing conferences and providing introductions.

The Committee took into consideration the fact that Mr Bellingham had had official dealings with his prospective employer whilst in Government. However, the Committee noted that Mr Bellingham had been unaware of any relationship between his former Department and DMA and had had no official dealings with any competitors. It further took into account the fact that it had been seven months since Mr Bellingham left office.

The Committee advised Mr Bellingham that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment, subject to the conditions that:

- Mr Bellingham should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government; and

- Mr Bellingham should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients for two years from his last day in office.

Date of approval
Approval letter
May 2013
Non-Executive Director, Pontus Marine Ltd
Took up new appointment June 2013

Mr Bellingham sought permission to accept a part-time, paid appointment as a Non-Executive Director of Pontus Marine Ltd, a commercial fisheries company operating off the coast of the Horn of Africa and in the Gulf of Aden. This role would involve providing good governance and strategic direction to the Board, and ensuring adherence to the Combined Code on Corporate Governance.

When considering this application the Committee took into account the fact that Mr Bellingham had met with the Chief Executive of Pontus Marine Ltd on occasion whilst in office. However, the Committee noted that this individual was a contact Mr Bellingham had made prior to taking up office. The Committee further took into account that Mr Bellingham had had no official dealings with any competitors of Pontus Marine Ltd whilst in Government; nor had he been aware of any relationship between Pontus Marine Ltd and his former Department.

The Committee advised Mr Bellingham that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith, subject to the conditions that:

- Mr Bellingham should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government; and

- Mr Bellingham should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients for two years from his last day in office.
 

Date of approval
Approval letter
June 2013
Non-Executive Chairman, Pathfinder Minerals Ltd 
Took up new appointment February 2014

Mr Bellingham sought advice from the Committee to take up a part-time, paid appointment as Non-Executive Chairman of Pathfinder Minerals Ltd.

When considering this application the Committee took into account that Mr Bellingham met Pathfinder Minerals on one occasion whilst he was in office; and subsequently wrote to the Government of Mozambique supporting the company in an ongoing legal dispute it is involved in that country. The Committee noted that this activity was in the normal course of your ministerial duties.

The Committee advised Mr Bellingham that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment, subject to the conditions that:

 - he should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government; and

 - he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients for two years from his last day in office.

Date of approval
Approval letter
 February 2014
Rt Hon Richard Benyon MP
Former Parliamentary Under-Sercretary of State for Natural Environment and Fisheries
Left office October 2013
Director and Chairman of the Board of Director's of the Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Limited
Took up new appointment  December 2013

Mr Benyon sought the Committee’s advice about accepting a part-time, unpaid role as Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Limited.

The Committee took into account that he was formerly a Director of the Englefield Estate Trust. The Committee further took into account that you did not have any direct official dealings with his prospective employer during your last two years in office. Furthermore, he did not have access to commercially sensitive information about any competitors and he will not be required to lobby Government in his proposed role.

The Committee advised Mr Benyon that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment, subject to that condition for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer, its parent company or its clients.

Date of approval
Approval Letter
 November 2013

Crispin Blunt
Former Under-Secretry of State for Justice, Ministry of Justice

Left office September 2012
Non-executive director, The Social Investment Business
Took up new appointment January 2013

Mr Blunt sought advice about accepting a part-time appointment as a non-executive director of The Social Investment Business (TSIB), a specialist fund manager investing in viable non-bankable projects to help civil society organisations.

When considering the application, the Committee took into account that, whilst he did not have any official dealings with TSIB during his last two years in office, TSIB’s Chairman attended a meeting of the Cabinet committee on Social Justice of which he was a member. The Committee also noted that he had some official dealings with a competitor of TSIB but that he left office before he would have had access to the first management information about a scheme that was managed by the relevant competitor. The Committee further noted that it is now four months since he left office and that he has made it clear to TSIB that he will be unable to lobby the UK Government for two years from the date that he left office.

The Committee advised him that, on the understanding that he would not draw on any privileged information from his time in Government, it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith, subject to the following conditions:

- for two years from the date of his leaving office, he should not advise on the terms of any bid or contract related to the work of the Ministry of Justice; and

- for two years from the date of his leaving office, his should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Government on behalf of his new employer, its parent company or their clients.

Date of approval
Approval letter
January 2013
Consultant, Ethos Capital Advisors
Took up new appointment June 2013
Mr Blunt sought permission to accept a part-time appointment as a Consultant with Ethos Capital Advisors Ltd, which provides advice to investors on derivatives and structured financial products.

When considering this application, the Committee took into account the fact that Mr Blunt had had no official dealings with his prospective employers or their competitors while in office.

The Committee advised Mr Blunt that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith, on the understanding that he would not draw on privileged information, and subject to the following conditions:

- for two years from the date of leaving office, Mr Blunt should not advise on the terms of any bid or contract related to the work of the MOJ; and

- for two years from the date of leaving office, Mr Blunt should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Government on behalf of his new employer, its parent company or their clients.

Date of approval
Approval letter

June 2013
Consultant, Mr Harish Mehta
Took up new appointment July 2013
Mr Blunt sought permission to accept a part-time appointment as a Consultant with Mr Harish Mehta. Mr Blunt would initially be providing government relations, public affairs and corporate finance advice to Mr Mehta and his group of companies regarding a major road project in the Balkans.

When considering this application, the Committee took into account the fact that Mr Blunt had had no official dealings with his prospective employer or any competitors in his ministerial capacity.

The Committee advised Mr Blunt that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith, subject to the conditions that:

- Mr Blunt should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government; and

- for two years from the date of leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Government on behalf of his new employer, its parent company or their clients.
Date of approval
Approval letter
July 2013 
Non-executive board member for the Council for Arab-Brtish Undertadning
Took up new appointment January 2014

Mr Blunt sought the Committee’s advice on taking up a part time, unpaid role as Non Executive Director for the Council for Arab-British Understanding (CAABU).

Mr Blunt’s role will be to help oversee a small organisation and promote it policy programme. The Committee noted that he had no dealings with competitors of CAABU, nor did he have access to commercially sensitive information about any competitors.

The Committee advised Blunt that is saw no reason why he should not take the post forthwith, subject the conditions that:

- that you should not draw on any privileged information available to you as a Minister; and

- for two years from your last day in ministerial office, you should not become personally involved in lobbying the Ministry of Justice on behalf of your new employer or its clients.

Date of Approval
Approval letter 

November 2013
Baroness Browning 
Former Minister of State, Home Office
Left office  September 2011 
Speaker with Cumberlege Connections
Took up first engagement  November 2012 
Baroness Browning sought advice about accepting a role  as a speaker on Cumberlege Connections' 'Westminster Experience' course on how Parliament works.

The Committee advised her that, on the understanding that she would not draw on any privileged information from her time in government, it saw no reason why she should not accept the engagements forthwith. 
Date of approval
Approval letter
November 2012

Rt Hon Paul Burstow MP
Former Minister of State for Care Services, Department of Health

Left office September 2012
Trustee, Silverline
Took up new appointment December 2012

Mr Burstow  sought advice about accepting a part time unpaid role as a Trustee of the charity Silverline. Silverline provides a telephone based support and referral service for older people, with the aim of helping them to maintain and build social connections and resilience.  The post will take up one or two days per month. He will be speaking on behalf of the charity about issues of social isolation and loneliness, advising on how local and national government operate and on current and possible policy. He will also provide oversight and ensure good governance to achieve the charity’s objectives.

The Committee noted that he had had some official dealings with the organisation before it achieved charitable status and that the Department of Health has agreed to contribute to the funding of the charity during its launch phase. It also noted that the appointment is unpaid and that he had waited three months from the date he left leaving office before seeking to take up the appointment.

The Committee advised him that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith, subject to the condition that;

- for two years after leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying Government on behalf of his new employer, and he should stand aside from any bid for funding or contract dealings involving his new employer and the Department of Health.

The advice is also given on the basis that he would make clear in any dealings he has with other organisations with which Silverline has or is seeking work involving the health sector, that he is not representing the Department of Health and that he has no special access to the Department.

Date of approval
Approval letter

December 2012
Left office September 2012

Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Left office October 2013
Independent Consultant 

Alistair Burt, the former Parliamentary under Secretary of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Mr Burt sought the Committee’s permission to set up as an independent consultant and to undertake a commission.

The Committee noted that his consultancy will provide advice orally and/or in writing, to assist with overall appreciation and understanding of the economic and political environments in various countries.

The Committee advised Mr Burt that his that it saw no reason why he should not take up the the consultancy and commission subject to the conditions that:

 - that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister;

 - for 12 months from his last day in ministerial office, Mr Burt should not undertake any work as a consultant which involves providing advice to any company or organisation on the terms of any bid or contract relating directly to the work of his former Department, the FCO;

 - for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new company or its clients; and

- once he has received approval to set up as an independent consultant, for two years from his last day in ministerial office he must seek confirmation from the Committee directly that each individual commission is permissible under the terms of his consultancy before taking it up. If, after enquiry, the Committee takes the view that a commission is, or may be, outside the terms of the consultancy he will be expected to submit a fresh application.

Commission

PLLG Investment Advisors Limited - February 2014
Global GSA Group BV - June 2014  

Date of approval
Approval letter
January 2014
Jonathan Djanogly
Former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice
Independent consultant (CGLV Ltd)
Took up new employment November 2012

Mr Djanogly sought advice on his proposals to incorporate a consultancy company (CGLV Ltd) for the purposes of entering into a retainer with Oakley Capital Ltd, an FSA registered company that provides corporate finance advice, and mergers and acquisitions services. Mr Djanogly will provide advice on developing the company's strategy, its corporate governance, and assist it in its transactional work.

When considering the application the Committee noted his earlier career in commercial law and that he had had no dealings with Oakley Capital as a Minister. It also noted that he was not subject to the three-month waiting period imposed on former Cabinet Ministers.

The Committee saw no reason why he should not incorporate a consultancy company and accept work wih Oakley Capital Ltd forthwith, subject to the conditions that:

- for 12 months from his last day in office, he should not undertake any work which involves providing advice to any company or organisation on issues relating to the work of Ministry of Justice;

- that, for two years from the same date, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Government Ministers or Crown servants, including Special Advisers, on behalf of any of his clients; and

- once he has received approval to set up as an independent consultant, he must, for two years from his last day in office, seek confirmation from the Committee that each individual commission is permissible under the terms of his consultancy before taking it up. If, after enquiry, the Committee takes the view that a commission is, or may be, outside the terms of the consultancy he would be expected to submit a fresh application.

Date of approval
Approval Letter

November 2012

Non Executive Director of Pembroke Venture Capital Trust PLC

Took up new employment February 2013

Mr Djanogly sought advice about accepting a role as a non-executive director of Pembroke VCT, a proposed venture capital trust to be listed in November 2012. Mr Djanogly will receive an annual director’s fee.

When considering this application the Committee noted Mr Djanogly's earlier career in commercial law and that he had had no dealings with Pembroke VCT as a Minister. It also noted that he is not subject to the three-month waiting period imposed on former Cabinet Ministers.

The Committee saw no reason why Mr Djanogly should not accept this appointment forthwith subject to the conditions that:

- for 12 months from his last day in office, he should not undertake any work which involves providing advice to any company or organisation on issues relating to the work of Ministry of Justice; and

- for two years from the same date, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Government Ministers or Crown servants, including Special Advisers, on behalf of any of his new employers.

Date of approval
Approval Letter

November 2012

James Duddridge
Former Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury and Government Whip
Left Office September 2012
Adviser, Wilcocks & Associates Ltd
Took up new appointment March 2013

Mr Duddridge sought advice about accepting a part-time, paid role as an adviser to Wilcock's & Associates, a wealth management company established in 2005, which delivers an integrated estate planning, financial planning and investment management service to over 300 clients. He will advise the Directors on strategy and business development. The role will not involve any lobbying of Government.

When considering the application, the Committee took into account that Mr Duddridge did not have any direct official or contractual dealings with his prospective employer during his last two years of service. Furthermore, he did not have access to commercially sensitive information about any competitors. The Committee also noted that over five months had passed since he left office.

The Committee advised him that he could accept the appointment forthwith, subject to the conditions that he should not draw on any privileged information from his time in Government and that, for two years from the date of his leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients.

Date of approval
Approval letter

February 2013
Trustee/Director and Consultant, Grown Volunteer Consulting
Took up new appointment April 2013
Mr Duddridge sought advice about accepting a part-time, unpaid role of Trustee/Director and Consultant with Grow Volunteer Consulting. Grow Volunteer Consulting is a charity that provides free business consulting to micro, small and medium sized enterprises in developing countries. It aims to enhance the skills of local entrepreneurs to lead their countries out of poverty.

The Committee advised him that he could accept the appointment forthwith, subject to the conditions that he should not draw on any privileged information from his time in Government and that, for two years from the date of his leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients.
Date of approval
Approval letter
March 2013
Sir Edward Garnier
Former Attorney General for England and Wales
Left Office  September 2013
DLA Piper
Took up new appointment  January 2014

Sir Edward sought the Committee’s advice to accept a retainer with DLA Piper.

The Committee took into account that he did not have any direct official dealings with his prospective employer during his last two years in office. Furthermore, Sir Edward did not have access to commercially sensitive information about any competitors. The Committee also noted that the fact it was now sixteen months since he left ministerial office.

The Committee advised Sir Edward that is saw no reason why he should not take the post forthwith, subject to the conditions that:

- he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister; and

- for two years his your last day in ministerial office, you should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer, its parent company or its clients.

Date of Approval
Approval letter
 January 2014
Nick Gibb
Former Minister of State for Schools, Department for Education
Left Office September 2012
Member of the Advisory Council of Civitas' Curriculum Project
Took up new appointment February 2013

Mr Gibb sought advice on accepting an unpaid, part-time appointment with the independent think tank Civitas, which has set up the Curriculum Project to encourage schools to adopt a more knowledge-based curriculum. Mr Gibb has been asked to join the Project's Advisory Council.

When considering the application, the Committee noted that Mr Gibb had dealings with Civitas whilst in Government and that his ministerial responsibilities included the implementation of the Curriculum Review. It also noted that he had contact with a number of other think tanks and academy chains whilst in office but had no access to commercially sensitive information about them. Given the nature of his ministerial role, the Committee recognised that such contacts were to be expected and, particularly as the appointment would be unpaid, it does not consider that it could reasonably be perceived as a reward. Furthermore, the Committee took into account the fact that it is now almost five months since he left Government.

On the understanding that he would not draw on any privileged information from his time in Government, the Committee saw no reason why he should not take up this appointment forthwith, subject to the condition that, for two years from the date of his leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of Civitas or its clients. 

Date of approval
Approval letter
February 2013
Trustee, The David Ross Education Trust
Took up new appointment February 2013

Mr Gibb sought advice on accepting an appointment as a Trustee of The David Ross Education Trust, part of The David Ross Foundation, an independent grant-making foundation operating in England and Wales. The Foundation aims "to further such charitable purposes and to benefit such charitable institutions as the trustees think fit”. It manages a number of Academy Schools (both secondary and primary) on behalf of the Secretary of State.

The Committee noted that, whilst in Government, he had dealings with the Foundation. It also noted that he had contact with a number of other academy chains whilst in office but had no access to commercially sensitive information about them. Given the nature of his ministerial role, the Committee recognised that such contacts are to be expected and, particularly as the appointment is unpaid, it does not consider that any could reasonably be perceived as a reward. Furthermore, the Committee took into account the fact that it is now almost five months since he left Government.

On the understanding that he would not draw on any privileged information from his time in Government, the Committee saw no reason why he should not take up this appointment forthwith, subject to the condition that, for two years from the date of his leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer.

Date of approval
Approval letter
February 2013
Member of the Mayor of London's Expert Advisory Group for the London Schools' Excellence Fund
Took up new appointment February 2013

Mr Gibb sought advice on accepting a part-time, unpaid appointment as a member of the Expert Advisory Group of the London Schools' Excellence Fund, which was set up by the Mayor of Londonto to provide grants to selected London schools in order to drive progress towards higher academic standards, particularly in literacy and maths in primary schools and science, maths and languages in secondary schools. Of the £24.25 million in the Fund, £20 million will come from the DfE and £4.25 million from the Greater London Authority (GLA). The Expert Advisory Group will advise the senior GLA officials who make the decisions on priorities and grant recommendations for the Fund.

The Committee noted that, whilst in Government, Mr Gibb had dealings with the GLA. It also noted that he had contact with a number of think tanks and academy chains whilst in office but had no access to commercially sensitive information about them. Given the nature of his ministerial role, the Committee recognised that such contacts are to be expected and, particularly as the appointment is unpaid, it does not consider that any could reasonably be perceived as a reward. Furthermore, the Committee took into account the fact that it is now almost five months since he left Government.

On the understanding that he would not draw on any privileged information from his time in Government, the Committee saw no reason why he should not take up this appointment forthwith, subject to the condition that, for two years from the date of his leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer.

Date of Approval
Approval letter
February 2013
 

Sir Nick Harvey
Former Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence

Left Office September 2012
Consultant, Global Partners and Associates Ltd
Took up new appointment February 2013

Sir Nick sought advice on accepting a part-time, paid appointment as a consultant for Global Partners and Associates Ltd. Global Partners was established in 2005 to promote democratic politics, effective governance and human rights around the world by developing policy and practice and delivering projects. It works with donors and governments, civil society organisations and private sector partners. As a consultant, he will be contributing to programmes helping legislatives, their committees and political parties develop their effectiveness within functioning democracies. He states that there will be no lobbying of UK Government of any sort.

When considering his application, the Committee took into account that he did not have any direct official or contractual dealings with his prospective employer during his last two years of service. Furthermore, he did not have access to commercially sensitive information about any competitors and he was not involved in the development or administration of any departmental policy or decisions that could have affected hisprospective employer. The Committee also noted that it is now five months since he left  ministerial office.

The Committee advised him that, on the understanding that he would not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister, it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith, subject to the condition that, for two years from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients.

Date ofapproval
Approval Letter
February 2013
Charles Hendry
Former Minister for Energy, Department for Energy and Climate Change
Left Office September 2012
Visiting Professor, University of Edinburgh
Took up new appointment November 2012

Mr Hendry sought advice concerning a part-time, unpaid appointment as a Visiting Professor at Edinburgh University. As well as lecturing students and taking tutorial groups at the University’s new Academy of Government, he will support academic research undertaken by the University’s Business School, assisting students to understand government better, and help them understand the relationship between energy policy-making and business.

The Committee noted that he had had some official dealings with the University in relation to its expertise on, and support for the development of, carbon capture and storage technologies, but that the Visiting Professorship did not involve this work.

The Committee advised him that it saw no reason why he should not accept the appointment forthwith, subject to the condition that, for two years from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying Government on behalf of his new employer.

Date of approval
Approval letter
November 2012
Chairman, Forewind Ltd
Took up new appointment February 2013

Mr Hendry sought advice on accepting a part-time, paid appointment as Chairman of Forewind Ltd, a consortium of four leading energy companies (RWE, SSE, Statkraft and Statoil) that was set up to bid for a zone development agreement as part of The Crown Estate's third license round for UK offshore wind farms. His role will include: chairing Forewind Ltd’s board meetings, providing leadership of the board and planning its meetings; and representing Forewind Ltd at events and meetings. He will not have any executive responsibility for the day-to-day running of Forewind Ltd and will not have a vote on the board’s decisions. He confirmed that the role will not involve any lobbying of Government.

The Committee noted that he had official dealings with his prospective employer and its parent companies in the last two years in Government as Forewind Ltd would have attended industry meetings and Forewind Ltd’s parent companies would have taken part in meetings to discuss energy matters. Mr Hendry confirmed, however, that his dealings with Forewind Ltd and its parent companies would not have involved the award of grants or regulatory work.

The Committee also noted that, during his last two years in office, he had official dealings with competitors of his prospective employer/its parent companies in that all the major energy companies would attend similar meetings to those that Forewind’s parent companies attended. However, Mr Hendry confirmed that those meetings would invariably focus on wider energy issues than offshore wind, which is the sole business activity of Forewind Ltd. The Committee took into account that Forewind Ltd already have their licence for the development of Dogger Bank and are, therefore, not in a competitive situation. Finally, the Committee noted that he left ministerial office four months ago.

Taking all of these factors into account and noting that the three month waiting period that it would have been minded to impose has already expired, the Committee advised him that he could take up this appointment, subject to the conditions that:

- he should not draw on any privileged information from his time in Government; and

- for two years from the date of his leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer, its parent companies or their clients.

Date of approval
Approval letter

January 2013

Commission with Atlantic Supergrid Corporation LLP
Took up new appointment June 2013
Mr Hendry sought permission to accept a specific commission from Atlantic Supergrid Corporation LLP (ASC) through a company he had recently set up. Mr Hendry’s role would be to advise on general energy issues, particularly cross-border electricity trading. He would be entitled to a monthly retainer and small equity stake.

When considering this application, the Committee took into account the fact that Mr Hendry had had official dealings with ASC but that he was not aware of any relationship between ASC and his former Department. The Committee also noted that ASC had no competitors in relation to this project at this stage.

The Committee advised Mr Hendry that is saw no reason why he should not take up the commission, subject to the conditions that:

- he should not draw on drawing on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government or current capacity as Trade Envoy;

- for 12 months from his last day in office, Mr Hendry should not provide advice to his client on the terms of any bid or contract directly relating to DECC;

- Mr Hendry should make it clear in any activities he undertakes on behalf of his new employer that he is acting as their representative and not as a Government representative; and

- for two years from his last day in office, Mr Hendry should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his client.
Date of approval
Approval letter
April 2013 
Chairman of the Advisory Board, Russo-British Chamber of Commerce
Appointment taken up May 2013
Mr Hendry sought permission to accept a position as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC).

When considering this application, the Committee into account the role of the RBCC, which is to promote trade and investment between the United Kingdom and Russia. The Committee noted that Mr Hendry did not have any official dealings with the RBCC during his last two years in office and that he was unaware of any relationship between them and his former Department. The Committee further took into account that this was an unpaid appointment The Committee also took into consideration Mr Hendry’s current role as Trade Envoy to Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

The Committee advised Mr Hendry that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment, subject to the conditions that:

- he should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government or in his current capacity as Trade Envoy;

- he should make it clear in any activities he undertakes on behalf of his new employer that he is acting as their representative and not as a Government representative; and

- he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients for two years from his last day in office.
Date of approval
Approval letter
April 2013
Consultant for Vitol Services Ltd
Appointment taken up  February 2014

Mr Hendry sought the permission to accept an offer of employment as a Consultant for Vitol Services Ltd.

When considering this application, the Committee took into account the fact that Mr Hendry did have some contact with Vitol while in office, but that this was through DECC’s ongoing industry engagement, and that he had similar dealings with other leading firms. They further considered the fact that Vitol were involved in discussions with DECC at the time of the closure of the Coryton refinery and, although most discussions were handled at an official level, he had a couple of phone conversations with the company. However, the Committee considered the Department’s view that his appointment with Vitol does not raise any propriety concerns from their perspective.

The Committee advised Mr Hendry that is saw no reason why he should not take the post forthwith, subject the conditions that:

 - that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister or in his capacity as a Trade Envoy; 

 - he should make it clear in any activities he undertakes on behalf of his new employer, its parent company or its clients, that he is acting as their representative and not as a Government representative; and

 - for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer, its parent company or its clients.

Date of Approval
Approval Letter
 January 2014
Sir Gerald Howarth MP
Minister for International Security Strategy
Left office September 2012
Consultant, CNU Online Holdings LLC (ENOVA)
Took up new appointment June 2013

Sir Gerald sought permission to accept a part-time, paid role as a consultant with ENOVA. ENOVA is a global financial service provider, it offers a variety of online credit products to people all over the world, including the United Kingdom.

When considering the application, the Committee took into account that Sir Gerald had no direct official dealings with the company in his ministerial capacity. Furthermore, he had no dealings with any competitors of the company during his last two years in office. The Committee also noted that he did not have access to commercially sensitive information about any competitors.

The Committee advised Sir Gerald that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment, subject to the conditions that:

- that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister; and

- for two years from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer, their parent companies or their clients.

Date of approval
Approval letter
June 2013
Consultant, Blenheim Capital Partners
Took up new appointment April 2013
Sir Gerald sought permission to accept a paid appointment, working two days per month, as a consultant for Blenheim Capital Partners (BCP).

When considering this application, the Committee took into account that Sir Gerald did have official dealings with BCP while in office.  However, the Committee also considered that the MOD does not have any formal contractual relationship with BCP, and that Sir Gerald had not had access to any commercially sensitive information relating to competitors.

Taking into account all the circumstances, including that Sir Gerald had left office five months earlier, the Committee advised him that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith, subject to the following conditions:

- that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister; and

- for two years from the same date, Sir Gerald should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients.
Date of approval
Approval letter
March 2013
Consultant, Sigma Energy Limtied
Took up new appointment  July 2013

Sir Gerald sought advice from the Committee about accepting a part-time, paid appointment as a consultant for SIGMA Energy Limited. Sigma operates in the renewable fuel sector and is focused on the production of biomass based fuels from agriculture sources. His responsibilities will be to provide strategic advice, and advice on regulatory environment relating to the biomass industry, as well as political trends.

The Committee took into account that he had no direct office dealing with his prospective employer in his ministerial capacity. The Committee also noted that he did not have access to commercially sensitive information about any competitors.

The Committee advised Sir Gerald that it saw no reason why he should not take the post forthwith, subject to the conditions that: -

- that he should not draw in any privileged information available to him as Minister; and

- for two years from your last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Government on behalf of your new employers, their parent companies or their clients.

Date of approval
Approval letter 

 June 2013
The Rt Hon the Lord Howell of Guildford
Former Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Left Office September 2012
Senior Adviser, Japan Central Railway Company Ltd (JR Central)
Took up new appointment December 2012

Lord Howell sought advice concerning a part-time, paid appointment with JR Central, a high speed rail operator in the Chubu region of central Japan. Before joining the Government in May 2010, Lord Howell had spent seven years as a Senior Adviser to the company, providing intemittent strategic background advice to its leading members both in the UK and Japan, and now wished to resume this role.

The Committee noted that, whilst in Government, Lord Howell had no significant official dealings with JR Central, its parent company or its competitors, and that he did not anticipate any lobbying of government in his new role.

On the understanding that he would not draw on any privileged information from his time in office, the Committee advised him that it saw no reason why he should not resume the appointment forthwith, subject to the condition that, for two years from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Government on behalf of his new employer. 

Date of approval
Approval letter

September 2012

Economic Adviser, British Chamber of Commerce
Took up new appointment January 2013

Lord Howell sought permission to take up the part-time, unpaid position as economic adviser to the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC), the independent business network which works with and represents businesses. He will be member of a panel of economic advisers who meet four times a year to advise the BCC on economic developments generally as well as “broad geo-political and global market issues”.

The Committee noted that, whilst in Government, he did not have any significant contact with the BCC and he was not involved with any competitors. The Committee also noted that the appointment is unpaid and that it would be in line with supporting the UK's prosperity objectives. Furthermore, the Committee took into account the fact that four months ad passed since he left Government but that he currently acts as personal adviser to the Foreign Secretary on energy and resource security.

On the understanding that he would not draw on any privileged information from his time in Government, or in his current capacity as personal adviser to the Foreign Secretary on energy and resource security, the Committee saw no reason why he should not take up this appointment forthwith, subject to the condition that:

- for two years from the date of his leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employers or their clients.

Date of approval
Approval letter
January 2013
Adviser, Kuwait Investment Office
Took up new appointment February 2013

Lord Howell sought advice on resuming a part-time appointment as an adviser to the Kuwait Investment Office, the branch office of the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) in the City of London and manages funds on behalf of the State of Kuwait. He will meet managers intermittently to advise on international investment strategy. He does not anticipate any lobbying or contact with government of any kind.

The Committee noted that, whilst in government, he did not have official dealings with his prospective employer,parent company or competitors. The Committee also noted that he did not anticipate any lobbying of government in this role.

On the understanding that he would not draw on any privileged information from his time in government, the Committee advised him that it saw no reason why he should not resume the appointment forthwith, subject to the condition that:

- for two years from the date of his leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK government on behalf of his new employer or its clients.

Date of approval
Approval letter
October 2012
Adviser, Mitsubishi Electric, Europe
Took up new appointment March 2013

Lord Howell sought advice about accepting a part-time, paid appointment (working one day per month) as an adviser to Mitsubishi Electric, Europe. Mitsubishi Electric is a Japanese multinational company that offers a range of industrial, commercial and consumer electric and electronic products. It is one of the core companies of the Mitsubishi Group.

When considering the application, the Committee took into account that, whilst in Government, he not have official dealings with his prospective employer or its competitors. The Committee also noted that he did not anticipate any lobbying of UK Government in this role.

The Committee advised him that, on the understanding that he would not draw on any privileged information from his time in Government, it saw no reason why he should not resume the appointment forthwith, subject to the condition that:

- for two years from the date of his leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Government on behalf of his new employers or their clients
.

Date of Approval
Approval letter
December 2012
Member of the Governing Board of the Centre for Global Energy Studies
Took up new appointment April 2013

Lord Howell sought permission to accept a part-time, unpaid appointment (working three days per year) as a Member of the Governing Board of the Centre for Global Energy Studies (CGES). CGES is a non-profit think tank, specialising in oil market analysis and forecasting, as well as the economics and politics of energy. The CGES offers advice and consultancy, conducting in-depth studies and publishing reports on oil and gas issues. It also holds regular energy related events.

When considering the application the Committee noted that, whilst in Government, Lord Howell did not have any significant official dealings with the CGES and was not involved with any competitors. The Committee took into account the fact that Lord Howell spoke at two CGES events in 2011.  However, these were not seen to raise any propriety issues.

The Committee advised Lord Howell that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment, subject to the conditions that:

- he should not draw on any privileged information from his time in Government, or from his time as personal adviser to the Foreign Secretary on energy and resource security; and

- for two years from the date of him leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients.

Date of Approval
Approval Letter

April 2013
Chairman, Commonwealth Exchange
Took up new appointment July 2013
Lord Howell sought permission to accept an unpaid appointment as Chairman of the Commonwealth Exchange, working one day per month.

When considering this application, the Committee took into account that Lord Howell had not had official dealings with his prospective employer or any competitors. The Committee noted that the Commonwealth Exchange is a new, non-political think tank, which is applying for registration as a charitable organisation.

The Committee advised Lord Howell that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith, on the understanding that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government (including in his former capacity as personal adviser to the Foreign Secretary) and subject to the condition that:

- for two years from his last day in office, Lord Howell should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients.
Date of approval
Approval letter
July 2013
President, Royal Commonwealth Society
Took up new appointment August 2013
Lord Howell sought permission to accept a part time, unpaid role as President of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS).

When considering this application, the Committee took into account that Lord Howell had dealings on Commonwealth issues in his role as Minister of State at the FCO, but that this had no direct connection to the work of the RCS. The Committee noted that Lord Howell was not aware of any relationship between the RCS and his former Department and that he had not had any official dealings with any competitors (albeit the RCS does not have competitors in the usual sense).

The Committee advised Lord Howell that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith, on the understanding that he should not draw on privileged information from his time in Government (including in his earlier capacity as personal adviser to the Foreign Secretary on energy and resource security), and subject to the condition that:

- for two years from his last day of service, Lord Howell should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients.
Date of approval
Approval letter
July 2013

The Rt Hon Chris Huhne
Former Secretary of State, Department for Energy and Climate Change

Left Office February 2012
Consultant, Nationwide Energy Services Ltd
Took up new appointment October 2012

Mr Huhne sought advice about an appointment he wished to take up acting as a consultant to Nationwide Energy Services Ltd, who advise customers on energy efficient improvements they can make on their homes.

The Committee noted that, during his two years in office, Mr Huhne had no official dealings with Nationwide Energy Services or its competitors, and that the company had no direct contracts with DECC. It also received assurances from Mr Huhne that he would not advise the company on any contract with DECC, lobby government on its behalf or us any privileged information gaine whilst in office.

The Committee advise Mr Huhne that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment subject to:

- a waiting period of six months from his last day in office; and

- the condition that, for two years from the same date, he should not become personally involved in lobbying Government on behalf of his new employer.

Date of approval
Approval letter
May 2012
Chairman, Europe, Zilkha Biomass Energy
Took up new appointment August 2013
Mr Huhne sought advice on accepting a position as Chairman, Europe for Zilkha Biomass Energy (ZBE), a company supplying renewable energy, working two days per week.

When considering this application, the Committee took into account the fact that Mr Huhne had met with ZBE during his last two years in office. However, this meeting had been for ZBE to brief officials and provide information, and had not included any request for finance or policy exchange. The Committee noted that Mr Huhne had not been involved in the development of policy, award of grants, or regulatory work that might have impacted on ZBE. It also took into account that Mr Huhne was not aware of any contractual relationship between his former Department and ZBE and had had no access to commercially sensitive information about any competitors.

The Committee advised Mr Huhne that, as he had left office 16 months earlier and was no longer subject to the usual three month waiting period, it saw no reason why he should not take up this appointment forthwith, subject to the conditions that:

- he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister; and

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients.
Date of approval
Approval letter
July 2013
Columnist, Guardian
Took up new appointment September 2013

Mr Huhne sought advice on accepting a part-time postion as a columnist with the Guardian.

When considering this application the Committee noted that Mr Huhne had had official dealings with the Guardian whilst in office, but that these had comprised of briefings, which had also been provided to all other major national newspapers.  The Committee also noted that Mr Huhne was not aware of any contractual relationship between his prospective employer and his former Department.  The Committee further took into account that Mr Huhne had been a columnist with the Guardian between 1980 and 1990.

The Committee advised Mr Huhne that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment, subject to the conditions that: 

- he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister; and

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbing the UK Government on behalf of his new employer, its parent company or its clients.

Date of approval 
Approval letter
July 2013

Tim Loughton MP
Former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, Department for Education

Left office September 2012
Trainer, Cumberlege Connections
Took up new appointment March 2013

Mr Loughton sought advice on a post as a Trainer at Cumberlege Connections. This is a part-time, paid position working three and a half days per year. Cumberlege Connections delivers leadership and political awareness programmes to health sector clients.

The Committee took into account the fact the Mr Loughton was involved with Cumberlege Connections on a similar basis before he became a Minister, but he did not have official dealings with the company or any competitors during his last two years in office.

The Committee advised Mr Loughton that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment subject to:

- he should not draw on any privileged information from his time in Government;

- for two years from the date of him leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of your new employer or its clients.

Date of approval
Approval letter
March 2013
Member of the Advisory Board, Community Service Volunteers
Took up new appointment March 2013

Mr Loughton sought advice on a post as a member of the Advisory Board at Community Service Volunteers (CSV). The role is unpaid working one day a year. Community Services Volunteers is the UK’s largest volunteering and training charity.

The Committee took into account that Mr Loughton has had official dealings with CSV previously as they were regular contributors to consultation exercises within the DFE but did not have dealings with any competitors.

The Committee advised Mr Loughton that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment subject to:

- he should not draw on any privileged information from his time in Government;

- for two years from the date of him leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients.

Date of approval
Approval letter
March 2013
Honorary Member of the Board of Advisors, London Capital Club
Took up new appointment March 2013
Mr Loughton sought advice on a part-time, unpaid role as Honorary Member of the Board of Advisors to the London Capital Club. The London Capital Club is an exclusive private club. The Club is operated by CCA International who, for over 25 years, have been involved in developing and operating private clubs in Asia and Europe.

The Committee advised Mr Loughton that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment subject to:

- he should not draw on any privileged information from his time in Government;

- for two years from the date of him leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of your new employer or its clients.
Date of approval
Approval letter
March 2013 
Independant Conualtant, the National Fostering Agency
Took up new appointment April 2013

Mr Loughton sought advice on a part time, paid role as a independant consultant to the National Fostering Agency (NFA).  The NFA is the second largest independent child fostering agency in the United Kingdom with over 1,500 foster carrers looking after more than 2,000 foster children.

The Committe advised Mr Loughton that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment subject to:

-that he should not draw on any privileged information from his time in Government;

-for two years from the  date of your leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Goernment on behalf of his new employers, their parent companies or their clients.

Date of Approval
Approval Letter
March 2013
Chairman of the Mindful Policy Group
Took up new appointment May 2013
Mr Loughton sought advice on a part time, paid role as Chairman of the Mindful Policy Group (MPG). The MPG is a newly formed company that brings together an informal group of child psychologists on a commercial basis. It promotes evidence-based psychological, biological and social research into the psychological welfare and health of children, providing resources such as training, conferences, and publications.

The Committee advised Mr Loughton that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment subject to the conditions that:

- he should not draw on any privileged information from his time in Government; and

-for two years from the date of leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients.
Date of Approval
Approval Letter
February 2013
Non-Executive Chairman, Classwatch
Took up new appointment October 2013

Mr Loughton sought advice on resuming a part time, paid position as Non Executive Chairman of Classwatch, a company that supplies audiovisual recording systems to the UK education sector.

When considering this application the Committee took into account that Mr Loughton had been involved with this organisation on the same basis before he became a Minister. The Committee further noted that Mr Loughton had not had any official dealings with Classwatch or its competitors during his last two years in office.

The Committee advised Mr Loughton that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment, subject to the conditions that:

- for 12 months from his last day in ministerial office, Mr Loughton should not provide advice to his new employer on the terms of any bid or contract directly relating to the Department for Education;

- Mr Loughton should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government; and

- for two years from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employers.

Date of Approval 
Approval Letter
March 2013
Sir Peter Luff
Former Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Ministry of Defence
Left office September 2012
Member of the Advisory Board, Northern Defence Industries (NDI)
Took up new appointment November 2012

Sir Peter sought advice on an honorary, unpaid role he had been offered by the NDI, which provides business support services and research services to small and medium-sized enterprises in the defence, aerospace, space and security sectors. It works closely with MOD and UKTI, prime contractors and systems integrators to creat business growth for its members. Mr Luff has been asked to join its Advisory Board.

When considering the proposed appointment, the Committee noted that it was an honorary, unpaid role, that the Advisory Board (which already includes a number of MOD officials) advises on the NDI's strategic direction, and that almost three months had passed since Sir Peter left office.

On this basis, the Committee saw no reason why Sir Peter should not take up the appointment forthwith, subject to the condition that:

- for two years from his last day in office, he should not undertake any work which involves providing advice to any company or organisation on the terms of any bid or contract relating to the work of the Ministry of Defence: and

- for two years from the same date, he should not become personlly involved in lobbying UK Government Ministers or Crown servants, including special advisers, on behalf of his new employer.

Date of approval
Approval letter
November 2012
Non-Executive Director, Marlin Group Holdings plc
Took up new appointment February 2013 

Sir Peter sought advice on  a post as a Non Executve Director at the Marlin Group.  This is a part-time, paid position working one and a half days per month. Marlin Group is involved in providing bespoke automated manufacturing systems and services for manufacturers in a diverse range of markets, including: automotive; civil aerospace; medical devices; contact lenses; and food.

In reaching a decision on the appropriate conditions to impose, the Committee took into account the fact that he confirmed that none of Marlin’s work is with or is likely to be with the Government, although the Committee noted that Marlin will work for manufacturers that supply the Government from time to time. As the Government is not one of Marlin’s customers, he confirmed that he did not anticipate any lobbying of Government in this role. In considering  his application, the Committee also noted that he  had no official dealings with his prospective employer, its parent company or its competitors during his last two years in Government. The Committee also noted that there is no apparent relationship between his  prospective employer and his former Department, so his appointment is sufficiently removed from his ministerial responsibilities. Furthermore, the Committee took into account the fact that it is now four months since he left office.

On the understanding that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government, the Committee advised him that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith subject to the condition that:

- for two years from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer, its parent company or its clients.

Date of Approval
Approval Letter
January 2013

Chairman, Democracy Forum

Took up new appointment January 2013

Sir Peter, sought advice on the part-time, paid post of Chairman of the Democracy Forum. The Democracy Forum was established in 2009. It is a not for profit organisation, which is funded by its supporters. Its aim is to promote peace, democracy and harmony as an alternative to terrorism, dictatorship and discord.  His role as Chairman will be to oversee the activities of the Forum and help develop ideas and new contacts who can help strengthen democratic thinking. Sir Peter said that he will be required to Chair around three seminars each year in the United Kingdom and India. No lobbying of Government is required in this role.

When considering the  application the Committee took the fact he did not anticipate any lobbying of Government in this role.  The Committe noted that he did not have any offiial deaings with his prospective employer or its competitors during his last two years in Government.  It also noted that there is no apparent relationship between his employer and his former Department and his ministerial office.  Furthermore, the Committee took into account the fact it is now over four months since he left office. 

On the understanding that he would not draw on any privileged information from his time in Government, the Committee saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith subject to the condition that:

- for two years from the date of him leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Government on behalf of his new employer or their clients.

Date of approval 
Approval Letter
January 2013
Non Executive Director, Parity Group Plc
Took up new appointment  September 2013

Sir Peter sought the Committee’s advice on taking up a paid appointment, as a non executive director for the Parity Group. 

Sir Peter's role as non executive director will be to offer advice and guidance at board meetings, and between meetings, to executive directors.

The Committee noted that Parity Group did have some contracts with his former department. The Committee observed that these contacts were of relatively small size amounting to less than three percent of the Group’s turnover.

The Committee advised Sir Peter that it saw no reason why he should not take up the post forthwith, subject to the conditions that:

 - he should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government;

 - for two years from his last day in office, Sir Peter should not advise on the terms of any bid or contract relating to the work of MOD; and

 - for two years from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients. 

Date of approval
Approval letter
August 2013
Chairman of the British Shooting Sports Council
Date of announcement March 2014

Sir Peter Luff  sought the Committee’s advice on a part-time, unpaid, appointment, as Chairman of the British Shooting Sports Council (BSSC).

The Committee noted that the BSSC is an umbrella body which brings together the UK’s twelve major shooting associations to achieve consensus positions on political and legislative issues affecting the shooting sports. As such, its member organisations – rather than the BSSC - tend to undertake any representational work required in support of the objectives of the shooting world. The Committee further noted that you had no dealings with the BSSC, nor any competitors, during his last two years in office, nor does his former department have any contractual or non-contractual relationship with the organisation.

The Committee advised Sir Peter that it saw no reason why h should not take up the appointment subject to the condition that, for two years from the date of him leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Government on behalf of the BSSC.  

Date of approval
Approval letter
January 2014
Chairman of the Board of Directors for Pub Governing Body
Date of annoucement
Took up new appointment
June 2014
July 2014

Sir Peter sought the Committee’s  permission to accept a part-time, paid, appointment, as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Pub Governing Body (PGB).

The Committee noted Sir Peter’s role as Chairman of the Board of Directors is to provide leadership and direction to the Board, to enable them to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation, ensuring that the organisation complies with its governing document, company law, relevant legislation and regulations to ensure the PGB pursues its objectives.

The Committee advised Sir Peter that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment subject to the conditions that for two years from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients.

Date of approval
Approval letter  

January 2014
Chairman of the Oversight Board for the Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) and the University of Roehampton
Took up new appointment July 2014

Sir Peter sought advice to accept a part-time, unpaid appointment as Chairman of the Oversight Board for the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the University of Roehampton.

When considering this application, the Committee took into account that Sir Peter did have official dealings with RUSI while in office; he spoke regularly at their events and met members of their staff on an occasional basis. It was also noted that Sir Peter had no dealings with the University of Roehampton, nor any competitors, during his last two years in office.

The Committee advised Sir Peter that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment subject to the following conditions;

 - Sir Peter should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government; and

- he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of RUSI and the University of Roehampton, their parent companies or their clients for two years from his last day in office.

Date of approval
Approval letter

June 2014
Lord Marland of Odstock
Former Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Left office January 2013
Non-Executive Director, Tamara Mellon Inc
Took up new appointment March 2013
Lord Marland sought permission to accept a part-time post as a Non-Executive Director of Tamara Mellon Inc, representing shareholders’ interests.

When considering this application the Committee took into account the fact that Lord Marland had known Ms Mellon for a number of years and collaborated on projects prior to being a Minister. It considered the fact that Ms Mellon had joined two trade missions with Lord Marland, but also that he had not had access to any commercially sensitive information about competitors. The Committee noted that Lord Marland’s investment in Tamara Mellon Inc will be through a bespoke solely owned company (Wilton Place Inc). The sole purpose of the company (of which he will be the Director) is the particular investment in Tamara Mellon Inc.

The Committee advised Lord Marland that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith, subject to the conditions that: 

- he should not draw on privileged information available to him as a Minister or in his role as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy;

- he should make it clear in any activities he undertakes on behalf of his new employer that he is acting as their representative and not as a Government representative; and 

- for two years from his last day of service, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or their clients.
Date of approval
Approval letter
March 2013 
Chairman, Herriot Ltd
Took up new appointment January 2013
Lord Marland sought permission to accept a part-time appointment as Chairman of Herriot Ltd, an investment company that Lord Marland owns and that he co-founded in 1989.

When considering this application, the Committee took into account the fact that there had been no relationship between Herriot Ltd and Lord Marland’s former department, nor had he had any dealings with competitors of the company. They further noted that Lord Marland had remained principal shareholder of the company whilst in Government, but that he had not been involved in any decision making.

The Committee advised Lord Marland that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith, subject to the conditions that:

- he should not draw on privileged information available to him as a Minister or in his role as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy;

- he should make it clear in any activities he undertakes on behalf of his new employer that he is acting as their representative and not as a Government representative; and

- for two years from his last day of service, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or their clients.
Date of approval
Approval letter
March 2013 
Non-Executive Director, Three Jays Limited
Took up new appointment July 2013
Lord Marland sought permission to take up a part-time, unpaid appointment as a Non-Executive Director for Three Jays Limited, an investment company.

When considering this application the Committee took into account the fact that Lord Marland had had no official dealings with his prospective employer or its clients and had not had access to commercially sensitive information about any competitors.

The Committee advised Lord Marland that it saw no reason why should not take up the post forthwith, subject to the conditions that:

- he should not draw on privileged information available to him as a Minister or in his role as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy;

- he should make it clear in any activities he undertakes on behalf of his new employers that he is acting as their representative and not as a Government representative; and

- for two years from his last day of service, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employers or their clients.
Date of approval
Approval letter
June 2013 
Director/Chairman, Commonwealth Business Council
Took up new appointment 1 January 2014

Lord Marland sought permission to accept a part time, paid appointment as Director/Chairman for the Commonwealth Business Council.

The Committee took into account he had limited official dealings with his prospective employer. The Committee noted that these dealing were in the normal course of his ministerial duties.

The Committee also noted that it is 11 months since he left office.

The Committee advised Lord Marland that is saw no reason why he should not take the post forthwith, subject to the conditions that:

 - that he does not draw on privileged information available to him as a Minister or in your role as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy; 

- he makes it clear in any activities you undertake on behalf of his new employers that he is acting as their representative and not as a Government representative; and

- for two years from his last day in UK Government, in lobbying the UK Government, he does not promote the particular interests of Herriot Ltd, Tamara Mellon, or Three Jays Ltd. 

Date of Approval
Approval letter
 December 2013
Director, Test Matach Extra.Com Limted
Took up new appointment Janaury 2014

Lord Marland sought the Committee’s advice on taking up a part time appointment with Test Match Extra.Com.

The Committee noted that he had no official dealings with his prospective employer or its clients. The Committee also noted that it is over twelve months since Lord Marland left office.

The Committee advised Lord Marland that is saw no reason why he should not take the post forthwith, subject the conditions that:

 - that you should not draw on any privileged information available to you as a Minister; or as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy; and 

 - for two years from your last day in ministerial office, you should not become personally involved in lobbying the Ministry of Justice on behalf of your new employer or its clients

Date of Approval
Approval letter

Janaury 2014
Lord McNally
Former Minister of State for Justice
Left office December 2013
Chair, Youth Justice Board
Appointment announced
Appointment to be taken up
December 2013
March 2014
Lord McNally sought permission to accept a position as Chair of the Youth Justice Board (YJB).

When considering this application, the Committee took into account the fact that the YJB is sponsored by the Ministry of Justice and delivers/commissions youth justice services alongside it. The Committee noted that Lord McNally has made contributions to ministerial decisions relating to the YJB, but that he has not been the lead Minister on this.

The Committee also took into account the fact that Lord McNally thought it best to observe a three month waiting period between stepping down as a Minister and taking up the new position with the YJB. They noted that this was not suggested due to any conflict of interest arising from the appointment (as he had applied for an advertised appointment, regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments), but as a way to create a clear gap between the two roles.

Taking into account the strong public interest in allowing Lord McNally to lobby Government on issues that benefit youth justice, the Committee advised him that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment, subject to the conditions that:

- he observe a waiting period of three months from his last day in ministerial office;

- he should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government; and

- for two years from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer, its parent company or its clients on any matters not related to youth justice.
Date of approval
Approval letter
November 2013

The Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell
Former Government Chief Whip

Left Office October 2012
Member of the Advisory Board, The Foundation
Appointment taken up February 2013

Mr Mitchell sought advice about resuming his membership of the Advisory Board of The Foundation, a growth and innovation consultancy which helps clients to achieve long-term, sustainable growth through innovation. Clients include Marks & Spencer, Audi, Visa, HSBC and Comic Relief. As a member of the Board Mr Mitchell will advise the company on its business development. The role is part-time and paid.

When considering his request the Committee took into account the nature of The Foundation's work, and the fact that, while Mr Mitchell had been a member of its Advisory Board for ten years before joining Government, he had no dealings with the company or its competitors whilst in office. Nor was there any connection between the company’s work and his Ministerial roles as either Secretary of State for International Development or Chief Whip. The Committee also noted that he was no longer subject to the three-month waiting period usually observed by former Cabinet Ministers before they take up a new appointment.

As the three-month waiting period usually observed by former Cabinet Ministers had expired, the Committee saw no reason why he should not accept this appointment forthwith subject to the condition that:

- for two years from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Government, on behalf of his new employer or its clients.

Date of approval
Approval letter
February 2013
 
Strategic Adviser, Montrose Associates
Appointment taken up March 2013
Mr Mitchell sought advice sought advice on a part-time paid appointment as a Strategic Adviser to Montrose Associates. Montrose Associates “provides its clients with the strategic intelligence, insights and perspective to help them to take the best possible decisions”. This includes advice on reputational risk management, political and security analysis, and support and acquisitions.

When considering the request the Committee noted that there was no connection between Montrose Associates and his Ministerial roles, and that he had no official dealings with them or their competitors. The Committee also noted that he was no longer subject to the three-month waiting period usually observed by former Cabinet Ministers before they take up a new appointment.

As the three-month waiting period usually observed by former Cabinet Ministers had expired, the Committee saw no reason why he should not accept this appointment forthwith subject to the condition that:

- for two years from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Government, on behalf of his new employer or its clients.
Date of approval
Approval letter
March 2013
Senior Advisor, East End Foods
Appointment taken up September 2013
Mr Mitchell sought permission to take up an appointment as a Senior Advisor to East End Foods (EEF).

When considering this application, the Committee noted that Mr Mitchell had had some contact with EEF in his constituency work, and had visited their factory in 2008. However, it also noted that Mr Mitchell had not had any contractual dealings with EEF in his last two years in office, had not had dealings with any competitors, and had not been involved in any policy or decisions that could have affected EEF.

The Committee advised Mr Mitchell that he could take up the appointment, subject to the conditions that:

- he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister; and

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employers or its clients.
Date of approval
Approval letter
September 2013
Senior Advisor, Investec
Appointment taken up October 2013
Mr Mitchell sought advice on accepting a position as a Senior Advisor to Investec.

When considering this application, the Committee took into account that Mr Mitchell had not had any direct official dealings with Investec and that this role would not involve any lobbying of Government. The Committee noted that Mr Mitchell did have occasional, incidental contact with competitors of Investec as a Minister, but that this had been through the course of his ministerial duties at meetings/receptions.

The Committee advised Mr Mitchell that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment, subject to the conditions that:

- he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister; and

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employers or its clients.
Date of approval
Approval letter
September 2013 
Baroness Morgan of Dreflin
Former Parlimentary Under-Secretary of State, Children and Families
Left Office May 2010
Chief Executive, Breast Cancer Campaign
Appointment announced
Appointment taken up

April 2011
July 2011

Baroness Morgan sought advice on a full-time appointment as Chief Executive of the Breast Cancer Campaign. The appointment had already been announced in April 2011 but she was not due to take it up until July. 

The Committee noted with concern that the appointment had been accepted before advice was sought.

Had her application been made at the correct time, the Committee would have advised that it saw no reason why she should not take up the appointment forthwith.

Date of approval

May 2011

Robert Neill
Former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government
Left Office September 2012
Contributor, The MJ
Took up new appointment November 2012

The MJ (formerly The Municipal Journal) is a weekly magazine aimed at council Chief Executives and senior managers, councillors and the private sector working with local authorities. Mr Neill sought advice about contributing occasional articles on the current political scene tailored to the interests of The MJ's readers. In addition, he will also speak at some of their conferences and seminars.

When considering the application, the Committee noted that Mr Neill had given interviews to Th MJ as a Minister to explain Government policy and that he also spoke at events it had organised, but that he had no involvement with them beyond that.

The Committee advised him that it saw no reason why he should not accept the appointment forthwith subject to the conditions that:

- for two years from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Government on behalf of his new employer and that he should not draw on privileged information available to him as a Minister.

Date of approval
Approval letter
November 2012
The London School of Business
Took up new appointment   April 2014

Mr Neill sought the Committee’s advice about taking up a part-time, paid appointment as a lecturer at the London School of Business and Finance.

The Committee advised Mr Neill that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appoitment forthwith, subject to the following conditions:

- he should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government; and

- he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients for two years from his last day in office.

Date of approval
Approval letter
March 2014
Independent Strategic Business Consultant
Took up new appointment  July 2014

Mr Neill sought the Committee’s advice about taking up a part-time, paid appointment as an independent strategic business consultant.

The Committee noted that Mr Neill’s role as an independent strategic business consultant is likely to involve areas of work around policy, legal and transactional advice largely relating to infrastructure and real estate.

The Committee advised Mr Neill that it saw no reason why he should not take up the consultancy forthwith, subject to the following conditions:

- that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister; and

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the Government on behalf of his new employer, its parent company or its clients Commissions taken up HGD Ltd Kilbride Group and Cratus Communications.

Commissions

Kilbride Group
HDG Ltd
Cratus Communications

Date of approval
Approval letter

 May 2014
The Rt Hon Baroness Neville-Jones DCMG
Former Minister of State for Security and Counter Terrorism, Home Office
Left Office May 2011
Member of the UK Advisory Board of Brooks International
Took up new appointment October 2012

Baroness Neville-Jones sought advice on an appointment she wished to take up on the UK Advisory Board of the international management services company, Brooks International.

The Committee noted that it had been some fifteen months since she left Government and that she had had no dealings with her prospective employer or its competitors.

On the understanding that she would not draw on any privileged information from her time in Government, the Committee saw no reason why she should not take up the appointment forthwith subject to the condition that:

- for two years from leaving office, she should not become personally involved in lobbying Government on behalf of her new employer or its clients.

Date of approval
Approval letter
August 2012
Rt Hon Stephen O'Brien MP
Prime Minister's Envoy and Special Representative for the Sahel at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Left office September 2012
Trustee and Non-Executive Director, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Took up new appointment March 2013

Stephen O’Brien MP sought permission to accept a part-time unpaid appointment as Trustee and Non-Executive Director of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) was the first research and teaching institution in the world dedicated to tropical disease and leads in the fight against infectious, debilitating and disabling diseases. A registered charity, it works in over 60 countries worldwide in order to improve the health of the world's poorest people.

When considering the application the Committee noted that Mr O’Brien did have official dealings with ‘competitors’ of LSTM and had the occasional meetings on general policy matters. However, he did not have access to any commercially sensitive information about them and they are were not competitors in a commercial sense in any event. The Committee also noted that it has now been nearly six months since Mr O’Brien left office.

Taking into account all the circumstances, the Committee advised Mr O'Brien that he can accept the appointment with LSTM forthwith, subject to the following conditions:

- that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government including in his current capacity as the Prime Minister's Envoy and Special Representative;

- that he should make it clear in any activities that he undertakes on behalf of his new employer that he is acting as their representative and not as a Government representative; and

- for two years from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients.

Date of approval
Approval letter
March 2013
Global Advocate for Roll Back Malaria
Took up new appointment  May 2013

Stephen O’Brien MP sought permission to accept an unpaid role as Global Advocate for Roll Back Malaria (RBM), part of the World Health Organisation, working 15-20 days per year. The role was offered to Mr O’Brien by RBM once he left his ministerial post due to his previous work and personal commitment on the issue, which had been in an unremunerated and voluntary capacity.

When considering the application the Committee noted that Mr O’Brien had met with RBM on a number of occasions while in office, and that DFID and RBM have a contractual relationship, but one below the threshold that Mr O’Brien would have had sight of. However, the Committee also noted that Mr O’Brien had left office seven months earlier and that the proposed role was unpaid.

Taking into account all the circumstances, the Committee advised Mr O’Brien that he could accept the appointment with RBM, subject to the conditions that:

- Mr O’Brien should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government, including in his current capacity as the Prime Minister's Envoy and Special Representative;

- Mr O’Brien should make it clear in any activities he undertakes on behalf of his new employer that he is acting as their representative and not as a Government representative; and

- for two years from his last day in office, Mr O’Brien should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer, its parent company or its clients on any matters not related to the fight against malaria.

Date of Approval
Approval letter

May 2013

Independent Consultancy

Took up new appointment  March 2014
Non Executive Director - S4Si Limited
Took up new appointment January 2014

Stephen O’Brien MP, sought the committee’s advice about the following:

1) A part time, paid appointment as Non Executive Director for S4Si; and

2) Setting up a general consultancy (OBSERVE Ltd) and commissions with Montrose International LLP and S4Si.

The Committee advised Mr O’Brien that his that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment as a Non Executive Director for S4Si forthwith, subject to the following conditions:

- that for the duration of your consultancy, he should not undertake any duties that involve advising on the terms of any bid or contract relating to the work of DFID;

- he should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government including your current capacity as the Prime Minister's Envoy and Special Representative; and

- for two years from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of your new employers, its parent company or its clients.

Furthermore, the Committee advised Mr O’Brien that they he could establish his independent consultancy, OBSERVE Ltd (to provide advice to international business clients on strategy, corporate governance, business administration, finance, sales, listing and associated matters), and accept the commissions with Montrose International LLP and S4Si, subject to the following conditions:

- he should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government including your current capacity as the Prime Minister's Envoy and Special Representative;

- for two years from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of your new company or its clients; and

 - once he has received approval to set up as an independent consultant, for two years from his last day of service you must seek confirmation from the Committee directly that each individual commission is permissible under the terms of his consultancy before taking it up. If, after enquiry, the Committee takes the view that a commission is, or may be, outside the terms of the consultancy he will be expected to submit a fresh application.

Commissions

S4SI Limited
Montrose International LPP 
Global Strategy Limited

Date of approval
Approval letter

January  2014
Rt Hon Sir James Paice MP
Former Minister of State, Defra
Left Office September 2012
Non-Executive Chairman, First Milk Ltd
Appointment announced
Takes up new appointment
August 2013
November 2013
Sir Jim sought permission to take up a role as Non-Executive Chairman of First Milk Ltd.

When considering this application, the Committee took into account Sir Jim’s official dealings with First Milk whilst in office, but noted that these were mainly through their attendance at the Dairy Supply Chain Forum, where representatives of several competitors were also present. The Committee took into account Sir Jim’s involvement with the UK dairy sector, but noted that his relationship with First Milk had been no different to with other dairy organisations. The Committee also noted that Sir Jim was not aware of any contractual relationship between Defra and First Milk, that he had not had access to commercially sensitive information about competitors, and that he had left office 11 months earlier.

The Committee noted with concern that, due to a leak, Sir Jim’s appointment was announced before it could provide its advice. However, taking into account all the circumstances, the Committee was content to approve the appointment, subject to the conditions that:

- Sir Jim should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister; and

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office, Sir Jim should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients.
Date of approval
Approval letter
August 2013
Non Executive Director, Camgrain
Appointment announced October 2013
Sir Jim sought permission to accept a position as a Non Executive Director for Camgrain, a farmer-owned cooperative, storing and managing grain for its members.

When considering this application, the Committee took into account the fact that Sir Jim did have dealings with Camgrain during his time in office, but that these had been undertaken as a constituency MP and not as a Minister. The Committee noted that Camgrain had received grants from the Rural Development Programme for England during Sir Jim’s time in office, but that there had been no ministerial involvement in these.

The Committee advised Sir Jim that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment, subject to the conditions that:

- he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister; and

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients.
Date of approval
Approval letter
October 2013
Mark Prisk MP
Former Minister for Housing at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
Left Office  October  2013
Adviser, Essential Living Ltd.
Took up new appointment  June 2014

Mark Prisk MP sought the Committee’s advice about taking up a part-time, paid appointment as an adviser to Essential Living, a private sector rented property developer.

The Committee noted that Mr Prisk’s role would involve advising on current and upcoming laws which affect the private rented sector, providing strategic advice on broader housing policy, supporting the progression of individual sites and assisting Essential Living to establish a recognisable brand.

The Committee advised Mr Prisk that his application is approved subject to the following conditions:

- he should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government; and

 -he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients for two years from his last day in office

Date of approval
Approval letter

April 2014
The Rt Hon Lord Sassoon Kt
Former Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, HM Treasury
Left Office January 2013
Director, Matheson & Co Ltd
Took up new appointment January 2013

Lord Sassoon sought advice about an appointment he wished to take up as a Director of Matheson & Co, which provides support services to the subsidary and associated companies of the Jardine Matheson Group, an Asia-based conglomerate with a broad portfolio of businesses. Lord Sassoon will join a small team providing strategic advice to the Group's Chairman and senior executives and will network globally in support of the Group's businesses, particularly through initiatives to help British businesses win more business in Asia. He would also become a director of Jardine Matheson Holdings, Hong Kong Land Holdings Ltd, Mandarin Oriental International Ltd, and Dairy Farm International Ltd.

The Committee noted that in his Commercial Secretary role he was involved in a broad range of policies that affect all UK companies. It noted that that he had no direct official dealings with his prospective employer since becoming Commercial Secretary to the Treasury in May 2010 and that, while he and other ministers participate in Asia-focused business groups in which the Jardine Matheson Group also participates, his involvement had been limited to giving talks to associations within the UK and that he havd not led any trade missions to the Far East. The Committee noted that, although he anticipated some limited involvement with the UK Government in his new role, this would not involve any lobbying for business from the UK Government or lobbying the UK Government on policy matters.

On the understanding that he would not draw on any privileged information from his time in Government and that there were no changes in the circumstances of his application up to the date of his leaving office in January 2013, the Committee advised him that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment as described, subject to the conditions that:

- for three months from his last day in office, his activities on behalf of his new employer would be strictly limited to matters directly concerning the company’s interests in Asia, and that he would have no involvement in its UK business or operation;

- for 12 months from the same date, he should not provide advice to his new employer, or any subsidiary of the Jardine Matheson Group, on the terms of any bid or contract directly relating to HM Treasury; and

- for two years from the same date, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or any subsidiary of the Jardine Matheson Group.

Sir Hugh Stevenson recused himself from consideration of this application as he is a friend of Lord Sassoon.

Date of approval
Approval letter
December 2012
Non-executive Director, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc

New appointment announced
To be taken up

March 2013
April 2013

Lord Sassoon sought advice on accepting a part-time appointment as a non-executive director of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group (JLT), one of the world’s largest groups of risk specialists and employee benefits consultants. JLT is an associated company of Jardine Matheson Holdings, of which Lord Sassoon is currently an Executive Director (see above), and Jardine Matheson Holdings has two seats on JLT’s Board. As part of his non-executive directorship, Lord Sassoon will be required to sit on the Audit and/or Remuneration Committees. The post is part-time, working twelve days per year, and his Director’s fees will be surrendered to Jardine Matheson Holdings. He confirms that there will be no requirement to lobby Government in this role.

When considering this application the Committee took into account that he had official dealings with his prospective employer within his last two years in office in that executives of JLT may have been present at events in which he participated as a Minister. While he had a broad role to consider City competitiveness and general pro-growth policies, neither this nor his role as Treasury spokesperson in the Lords involved any specific consideration of issues particular to JLT, as far as Lord Sassoon was aware. Furthermore, whilst JLT had a creative role in the development of the NewBuy Government backed mortgage indemnity scheme (launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government in March 2012) and whilst it administers the scheme for the Home Builder Federation and Council of Mortgage Lenders, he was not involved in the project.

The Committee took into account that he had official dealings with competitors of his prospective employer in that he attended events and had discussions with one competitor about the possible re-domicile of their business in London. The Committee noted that he did not have access to commercially sensitive information from these dealings. The Committee also noted that there will be no requirement to lobby Government in his proposed role.

Notwithstanding this, the Committee felt that, since JLT operates within the UK and has had some meaningful dealings with Government (as set out above) a waiting period between his leaving office and taking up the appointment would be appropriate. However, noting that he did not propose to take up the appointment until 30 April 2013 (by which time the three month waiting period that the Committee would have been minded to impose will have expired), it advised him that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment, subject to the following conditions: 

- that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister;

-
for 12 months from his last day in office, he should not provide advice to his new employer, or any clients, on the terms of any bid or contract directly relating to HM Treasury; and

-
for two years from the same date, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients.

Lord Lang recused himself from consideration of this application as he is Chairman of a competitor company. Sir Hugh Stevenson recused himself as he is a friend of Lord Sassoon. 

Date of approval
Approval letter
February 2013
Member of the Committe of the Hong Kong Association
Took up new appointment  April 2013

Lord Sassoon sought advice on accepting a part-time (working three days per year), unpaid appointment as a member of the Committee of the Hong Kong Association (HKA).

The HKA includes most of the principal British companies investing and doing business in Hong Kong, as well as leading Hong Kong companies active in the United Kingdom. The HKA’s main activities, in support of its mission, are to host events for its members at which speakers include members of the UK Government and civil service, and of the Hong Kong administration, business people involved with Hong Kong, economists and academics.

When considering this application the Committee took into account that, whilst in Government, Lord Sassoon had dealings with his prospective employer in the broadest sense, in that the HKA was one of the many organisations that asked him to speak to them, which he did in May 2011. The Committee took into account that he had not had any dealings with any of his prospective employer’s competitors.

The Committee also noted that, whilst the HKA interacts with the UK, Hong Kong and Chinese administrations, it is not involved in lobbying for specific business. Its aim is to foster the understanding of issues and links between organisations and business people in the UK and Hong Kong.

The Committee advised Lord Sassoon that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment subject to the following conditions:

-
that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister;

-
for 12 months from his last day in ministerial office, he should not provide advice to his new employer, or any clients, on the terms of any bid or contract directly relating to HM Treasury; and

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients.

Sir Hugh Stevenson recused himself as he is a friend of Lord Sassoon.

Date of approval letter
Approval letter 

February 2013
Chariman of the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) and President to the EU China Business Assocition (EUCBA)
Took up new appointment  July 2013

Lord Sassoon sought advice on accepting unpaid, part time appointments as Chairman of the China Business Council (CBBC) and President of the EU China Business Association (EUCBA).

When considering this application the Committee took into account that Lord Sassoon had been involved in a broad range of UK business policy matters and government to government meetings with many countries, including the People’s Republic of China and Hong Special Administrative Region.  Given that the CBBC and HM Treasury are each involved in China trade and investment matters, they inevitably interact on this agenda. The Committee noted that, whilst in office, he did not have access to commercially sensitive information about any competitors.

The Committee also took into the account the views of UKTI in relation to this appointment. Whilst the Chairmanship of the CBBC is not a Ministerial appointment as such, UKTI has been consulted on the succession plans because of the extremely close relationship CBBC has with them and the Government more widely on UK/China trade and investment issues. The Committee took into account that UKTI, the FCO and BIS have observer positions on the CBBC Board. Since 2007, CBBC has been UKTI’s partner in delivering a range of business to business trade services for China and it receives an annual grant from UKTI of circa £2.8 million to undertake this work. CBBC (and by extension its Chairman) have a key role to play in advising the Government on the wider bilateral business relationship with China.

The Committee advised Lord Sassoon that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith, subject to the following conditions:

- that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister;

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office, in lobbying Government, he should not promote the particular interests of the Jardine Matheson Group.

Sir Hugh Stevenson recused himself as he is a friend of Lord Sassoon.

Date of Approval
Approval Letter

April 2013
Member of Global Advisory Board, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Took up new appointment July 2013
Lord Sassoon sought advice on accepting a part-time, paid appointment as a member of the Global Advisory Board with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG).

When considering this application the Committee noted that he had had no official dealings with his proposed employer whilst in office. Furthermore, his proposed role would involve no lobbying of the UK Government.

The Committee advised Lord Sassoon that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith, subject to the following conditions:

- that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister;

- for 12 months from his last day in ministerial office, he should not provide advice to his new employer, or any clients, on the terms of any bid or contract directly relating to HM Treasury; and

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer, its parent company or its clients.

Sir Hugh Stevenson recused himself as he is a friend of Lord Sassoon.

Date of approval
Approval letter

May 2013 
Trustee to the British Museum
Took up new appointment  September 2013

Lord Sassoon sought permission to accept a part-time, unpaid appointment, returning to a position as a Trustee of the British Museum (BM).  When considering this application the Committee took into account the fact that, whilst in Government, Lord Sassoon frequently attended BM events in his capacity as a patron and former Trustee.  The Committee noted that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is the sponsoring department for the BM, but that, as a publicly funded body, the BM will have regular contact with the Treasury.  However, the Committee noted that Lord Sassoon had not had responsibility for the Treasury’s culture spending team.

The Committee advised Lord Sassoon that it saw no reason that why he should not take up the appointment, subject to the conditions that:

- he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister; and

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer or its clients.

Sir Hugh Stevenson recused himself as he is a friend of Lord Sassoon.

Date of approval
Approval letter

 August 2013
Rt Hon Lord Shutt of Greetland
Former Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeoman of the Guard and Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords
Left office May 2012
Trustee, Pennine Heritage
Took up new appointment September 2013
Lord Shutt sought advice on accepting a role as a trustee of Pennine Heritage, a charity promoting the Yorkshire/Lancashire South Pennines, a position which he held prior to taking up ministerial office.

When considering this application the Committee noted that it had been 14 months since Lord Shutt left ministerial office. They also considered the fact that he had had no direct official dealings with his prospective employers, or with any competitors, in his ministerial capacity, and was not aware of any relationship between his prospective employer and former Department.

The Committee advised Lord Shutt that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment, subject to the conditions that:

- he should not draw on privileged information available to him as a Minister; and

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office, Lord Shutt should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employers or their clients.
Date of approval
Approval letter
July 2013
Director, X-Pert Health Training and Education Ltd
Took up new appointment September 2013
Lord Shutt sought advice on accepting a position as Director of X-Pert Health Training and Education Ltd (XPHTE).

When considering this application, the Committee noted that Lord Shutt had previously been Chairman of XPHTE, a position which he had resigned when he took up ministerial office. The Committee took into account the fact that it had been 14 months since Lord Shutt left ministerial office. They also considered the fact that he had had no direct official dealings with his prospective employers, or with any competitors, in his ministerial capacity, and was not aware of any relationship between his prospective employer and former Department.

The Committee advised Lord Shutt that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment, subject to the conditions that:

- he should not draw on privileged information available to him as a Minister; and

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office, Lord Shutt should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employers or their clients.
Date of approval
Approval letter
July 2013
The Rt Hon Mark Simmonds
Fomrer Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Left Crown Service   August 2014
CEO Mortlock Simmonds Ltd
Took up new appointment October 2014

Mr Simmonds asked for the Committee’s advice on accepting an unpaid appointment as CEO of Mortlock Simmonds Ltd, a family investment company set up by Mr Simmonds prior to his entering Parliament.

The company’s main activity is investment in commercial property. When considering the application, the Committee noted that: this is an unpaid role, at least for now; it is Mr Simmonds’ company, and he acted as its Chairman before becoming a Minister; and the main activities of the company are unrelated to his former responsibilities as a Minister.

The Committee sees no reason why Mr Simmonds should not accept this appointment subject to the following conditions:

• he should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government; and

• for two years from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Government Ministers or Crown servants, including Special Advisers, on behalf of his new employer.

Date of approval
Approval letter
September 2014
Lord Strathclyde
Former Leader of the House of Lords
Left Office January 2013
Director on Supervisory board - Tafigura BV and Trafigura BV and Trafigura Group PTE Ltd
Galena Assest Managment Ltd; and Senior Adviser - G3 Good Governance
Took up new appointments April 2013

The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments has received an approach from Lord Strathclyde, for advice about accepting the following three part-time, paid appointments:

• Director on Supervisory Board - Trafigura Beheer BV and Trafigura Group PTE Ltd; 

• Hedge fund manager - Galena Asset Management Ltd; and

• Senior Adviser - G3 Good Governance Group.

When considering your applications, the Committee took into account that he did not have any direct official or contractual dealings with his prospective employers during his last two years in office. Furthermore, he did not have access to commercially sensitive information about any competitors. It also noted that he was formerly a Non Executive Director of GAML, which is a subsidiary of Trafigura Beheer BV and Trafigura Group PTE Ltd, from 2004 until just before the 2010 General Election.

The Committee advised Lord Strathclyde, that is saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment subject to:

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that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister; 

- a three month waiting period from his last day in office; and

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for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employers, their parent companies or their clients.

Date of Approval
Approval Letter
April 2013
Senior Adviser - URS Corporation
Took up new appointment  June 2013

The Advisory Committee on Business Appointmentshas received an approach from Lord Strathclyde for advice about accepting a part time, paid appointment as a Senior Adviser to the URS Corporation.

URS is a leading provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world.

When considering the application the Committee took into account that he did not have any direct official dealings with his prospective employer during his last two years in office. Furthermore, he did not have access to commercially sensitive information about any competitors and he will not be required to lobby Government in his proposed role. The Committee also noted the fact it is now four months since he left ministerial office.

Taking into account all the circumstances, and noting that the usual three month waiting period that the Committee would normally attach to appointments taken up by former Cabinet Ministers has now expired. 

The Committee advised Lord Strathclyde, that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment subject to: 

- that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister;

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office, you should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of your his employer or its clients.

Date of Approval
Approval Letter
June 2013
Senior Adviser - Battersea Power Station
Took up new appointment June 2013

The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments has received an approach from Lord Strathclyde, for advice on accepting a part time, paid appointment as a senior adviser to Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC).

Battersea Power Station is one of the world’s most famous buildings in the heart of Central London, which is being redeveloped by BPSDC. When considering the application the Committee took into account that you he did not have any direct official dealings with his prospective employer during his last two years in office. Furthermore, he did not have access to commercially sensitive information about any competitors and he will not be required to lobby Government in his proposed role. The Committee also noted the fact it is now five months since he left ministerial office.

Taking into account all the circumstances, and noting that the usual three month waiting period that the Committee would normally attach to appointments taken up by former Cabinet Ministers has now expired.

The Committee saw no reason why he should not accept this appointment forthwith subject to the following conditions:

- that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister;

- for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer, its parent company or its clients.

Date of Approval
Approval Letter

 June 2013
Adviser - JC Bamford Excavators
Took up new appointment November 2013

Lord Strathclyde sought the Committee’s advice about accepting a part-time, paid appointment as adviser to JC Bamford Excavators (JCB).

When considering his application, the Committee took into account that you did not have any direct official dealings with his prospective employer during his last two years in office. Furthermore, he did not have access to commercially sensitive information about any competitors (or dealings with any of them) and he will not be required to lobby Government in his proposed role.

The Committee advised Lord Strathclyde that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment subject to the conditions that:

• that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister;

• for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of your his employer, its parent company or its clients.

Date of approval
Approval letter

October 2013
Adviser - Ferrero UK
Took up new appointment March 2014

Lord Strathclyde sought the Committee’s advice about accepting a part-time, paid appointment as an adviser to Ferrero UK.

The Committee took into account that he did not have any direct official dealings with your prospective employer during his last two years in office. Furthermore, he did not have access to commercially sensitive information about any competitors, and he will not be required to lobby Government in his proposed role.

The Committee advised Lord Strathclyde that it saw no reason why he should not take up the appointment subject to the conditions that:

• that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him as a Minister; and

• for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of his new employer, its parent company or its clients.

Date of Approval
Approval letter
 February 2014
Bill Wiggin MP
Former Assistant Whip
Left office  5 September 2012
Non-executive director at Philip T English International Financial Services Ltd
Non-executive director at Allpay Ltd
Manager, Emergin Managaer Incubation Services at Apex Fund Services Ltd

Mr Wiggin sought retrospective permission to accept the following part-time, paid appointments, which he had already taken up:

- Non-executive director at Philip T English International Financial Services Ltd, which provides financial services to private and corporate clients, including portfolio management, international brokerage of pensions and life contracts, long-term care planning, tax planning strategies and international company and trust formation.

- Non-executive director at Allpay Ltd, provides bill payment services and related functions such as prepaid cards and legal services, primarily to the public sector.

- Manager, Emerging Manager Incubation Services at Apex Fund Services Ltd, a global independent fund administration company which offers services including fund set up, portfolio valuations, fund accounting, shareholder services, corporate secretarial administration, directorships and listing sponsorship.

When considering this application, the Committee took into account the fact that Mr Wiggin had had no official dealings with his prospective employers or any competitors in his ministerial capacity.

The Committee advised him that it saw no reason why he should not have accepted these appointments, subject to the condition that, for two years from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying Government on behalf of his employers.

The Committee did however note with concern that advice was not sought when the appointments were first taken up.

Date of approval
Approval letter
November 2013