Term: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2018
John Horam has been a Minister in both Conservative and Labour Governments with responsibilities for Transport, Health, the Civil Service and Science and Technology. He was the Conservative MP for Orpington from 1992 to 2010, and was previously MP for Gateshead West (Labour, 1970 to 1981, SDP, 1981 to 1983). He has fought 10 general elections.
After 1997 he was the first Chair of the Commons Environmental Audit Committee, and then a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. He is also one of the founders and now Non-Executive Director of a successful international company (CRU International) and the first Chair of the major housing association, Circle Thirty Three Housing Trust. Before that he was a leader and feature writer on the Financial Times and The Economist. He is a Fellow Commoner of St Catharine's College, Cambridge.
On 4 September 2013 he was created a Life Peer, as Baron Horam, of Grimsargh in the County of Lancashire.