Lord Fowler of Sutton Coldfield

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"Norman Fowler was a member of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet from 1979 to 1990. He was successively Secretary of State for Transport; Secretary of State for Health and Social Security and Secretary of State for Employment. Between 1992 and 1994 he was chairman of the Conservative Party and between 1997 and 1999 he was Shadow Home Secretary in William Hague’s shadow cabinet. Norman Fowler was educated at Cambridge and spent eight years as a journalist on the staff of the Times before entering parliament in 1970. He remained in the House of Commons until 2001 when he went to the House of Lords. From 2004 to 2010 he was chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications. Prior to this he was chairman of two regional newspaper companies – the Birmingham Post group and the Yorkshire Post group." [1]

"In the Employment Department he abolished the dock work regulation scheme. Later he became chairman of the Conservative Party under John Major and was a member of William Hague’s shadow cabinet. He left the House of Commons in 2001 and went to the House of Lords in the same year.

"When he left the government in 1990 one of the first appointments he took up was as a non-executive board member of Evered. That company eventually became a part of Aggregate Industries. He was Chairman of Aggregate Industries from 2000 to 2006 and later was on the main board of Holcim. In his career he has also been chairman of the Yorkshire Post group of newspapers and the Birmingham Post group of newspapers. He is currently chairman of the Thomson Foundation and a non-executive director of ABTA the travel business."[2]

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  1. Who we are, Journalism Foundation, accessed December 5, 2011.
  2. Aggregate Industries Board, organizational web page, accessed May 12, 2013.