Lord Patten is an expert in emerging markets and a sought-after keynote speaker and commentator on world affairs. He is the former Chairman of the BBC Trust.
In 1974 he was appointed the youngest ever Director of the Conservative Research Department. Elected as Member of Parliament for Bath in May 1979, Lord Patten held the seat until 1992.
In September 1986 he became Minister for Overseas Development at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 1989 and was appointed a Companion of Honour in 1998. In November 1990 he was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Chairman of the Conservative Party.
Lord Patten was appointed Governor of Hong Kong in 1992, a position he held until 1997, overseeing the return of Hong Kong to China. He became Chairman of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland, which he set up under the Good Friday Peace Agreement.
From 1999 - 2004 he was European Commissioner for External Relations, and when he left he was made a life peer and took his seat in the House of Lords in January 2005.
He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh, and an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He was Chancellor of Newcastle University, and was elected Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 2003.
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