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Sir Richard Lambert – Chairman of Trustees, British Museum

Sir Richard Lambert was appointed Chancellor of the University of Warwick in 2008, a role he held until 2016. Sir Richard is the former Director-General of the CBI and was knighted in the 2011 New Year Honours for service to business.

Having studied history at Balliol College, Oxford, Sir Richard joined the Financial Times in 1966. He edited the Lex column in the 1970s, becoming financial editor in 1979. In 1982 he moved to New York as the Bureau Chief, returning to the UK a year later as Deputy Editor. He became Editor of the Financial Times in 1991 and during his 10 years in this role successfully launched the US version of the newspaper. In 2002 he spent a semester at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Sir Richard was commissioned by HM Treasury, the Department for Education and Skills and the Department for Trade and Industry to write the Lambert Review of Business-University Collaboration which was published in December 2003. The report made a series of recommendations which encouraged universities to identify distinctive strengths in research, and encouraged business to give a greater priority to understanding the opportunities for exploiting innovation and creativity through universities.

Sir Richard was appointed as a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, a position he held from 2003 until 2006. In 2014, the Trustees of the British Museum elected Sir Richard as their Chairman for a term of four years.

The University of Warwick awarded him an Honorary Degree (LLD) in 2004.