An international businessman, author and philanthropist, Lord Ashcroft has many, varied business interests in the United Kingdom, United States and the Caribbean. He supports a wide range of charities, notably crime prevention and education. He is the Founder and Chairman of Crimestoppers, Chairman of Trustees of the Ashcroft Technology Academy in south London and an ambassador of the educational charity SkillForce. In May 2011, he was appointed as lead advisor on a government review of military bases on Cyprus and in September 2012 was made the Government’s Special Representative for Veterans’ Transition, working on support for military personnel making the transition to civilian life. Lord Ashcroft’s collection of Victoria Cross medals – the largest in the world – has been on display in The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes at IWM London since November 2010.
He is a Trustee and President of the West India Committee, a Trustee of Imperial War Museums, Vice-Patron of the Intelligence Corps Museum in Bedfordshire and Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University. He is also a Trustee of the Cleveland Clinic in the US.
Imperial War Museum Trustees are not remunerated. This reappointment has been made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice. It is a requirement of the Code that political activity by those appointed is declared. Lord Ashcroft declared he did, until 2015, sit on the conservative benches of the House of Lords.