THE RT HON JOHN GUMMER, LORD DEBEN
Chairman of Sancroft International
The Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben was the longest serving Secretary of State for the Environment the UK has ever had. His sixteen years of top-level ministerial experience included Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minster for London, Employment Minister and Paymaster General in HM Treasury. In two hundred years, only five others have held so long a period of office.
His experience as an international negotiator has earned him worldwide respect both in the business community and among environmentalists. In consecutive years, the BBC unprecedentedly awarded him the title 'Parliamentarian who did most for the Environment Internationally', while the NGO community called him 'the best Environment Secretary we have ever had'. He has consistently championed an identity between environmental concerns and business sense. To that end, he set up and now runs Sancroft, a Corporate Responsibility consultancy working with blue-chip companies around the world on environmental, social and ethical issues.
Since leaving office he has been Chairman of the Marine Stewardship Council, Chairman of the International Commission on Sustainable Consumption and Non-Executive Director of Kidde Plc. He is currently Chairman of Valpak Ltd., Chairman of the Association of Independent Financial Advisors, Chairman of Veolia UK Ltd and Non-Executive Director of the Castle Trust Ltd.
In December 2005 David Cameron appointed him Chairman of the Quality of Life Commission and he continues this work today in the House of Lords. The Quality of Life report, "Blueprint for a Green Economy", was launched in September 2007.