Sir Richard Lambert joined the Financial Times after reading history at Balliol College, Oxford. He edited the Lex column and served as financial editor and New York bureau chief before being appointed deputy editor in 1983. He edited the paper between 1991 and 2001, and moved back to New York (1997-98) to launch the US edition.
After leaving the FT, Richard spent a semester at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and wrote the Lambert Review of Business-University Collaboration. In 2003, he started a three-year term as an independent member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee. He was Director General of the CBI from 2006 to 2011.
Richard was appointed Chancellor of the University of Warwick in 2008, and is an independent non-executive of EY and chair of Big Society Trust. In 2013 he as Chairman, was appointed the task of establishing an independent organisation, The Banking Standards Review Council, to raise standards of competence and behaviour in the Banking Industry. He was a Trustee of the British Museum from 2003 to 2011, and was appointed its Chairman in July 2014.
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.