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Lord Charles Powell

Lord Charles Powell served as Private Secretary and Advisor on foreign affairs and defense to Lady Thatcher when she was Prime Minister, and held the same position in the early part of Sir John Major’s time as Prime Minister (1983 to 1991).

Charles is now an independent member on the House of Lords and, after stints on the European Union, Economic Affairs and Constitution Committees, currently serves on the National Security Strategy Committee. He is a board member of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, Northern Trust, Hong Kong Land and Mandarin Oriental. Earlier board appointments include Caterpillar, Jardine Matheson, Textron and Schindler. He is on the Advisory boards of Barrick Gold and Chubb, and previously chaired Rolls Royce’s International Advisory board

He is also Chairman of the Trustees of the Saïd Business School at Oxford University, Deputy Chairman of the Fudan University Business School Advisory Board, Chairman of the British Museum Trust, a Trustee of the Aspen Institute and of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He served as President of the China-Britain Business Council and Singapore-British Business Council for many years, and is a British Business Ambassador.