Lead Non Executive Director

Sir Richard Lambert

Sir Richard Lambert



Sir Richard Lambert has been the Lead Non Executive Director on the FCO Supervisory Board since November 2011.

Richard Lambert joined the Financial Times after reading history at Balliol College, Oxford. Among other roles, he edited the Lex Column, served as financial editor and then as New York bureau chief. He was appointed deputy editor in 1983, and editor of the newspaper in 1991. He relocated to New York in 1997-98 to launch the US edition of the FT. He stepped down as editor at the end of 2001.

Sir Richard then wrote the Lambert Review of Business/University Collaboration for the government and spent a term at the Kennedy School.

He was an independent member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee between 2003 and 2006, and Director General of the CBI from 2006 to 2011. He is now Chancellor of the University of Warwick, and sits on the advisory boards of a number of companies.

Lead Non Executive Director

As the FCO’s Lead Non-Executive Director. His role is to:

  • support the Secretary of State in his role as Chair of the FCO’s Supervisory Board
  • provide an independent and objective perspective on Supervisory Board business including providing advice and challenge on FCO capability and performance against the FCO Business Plan; and on the FCO’s compliance with government-wide policies and initiatives
  • provide ongoing feedback to Board members on the performance of the Board including leading on formal evaluation of the Board’s performance
  • lead the FCO’s Non Executive team, meet regularly with other Departments’ Non-Executive Directors and liaise with the government’s Lead Non-Executive.

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