The Rt. Hon. The Lord (Leon) Brittan of Spennithorne QC DL
Former EC Commissioner/Vice President, Vice Chairman, UBS AG Investment Bank
Past Speaking Events
Lord Brittan is currently Vice Chairman of UBS Investment Bank. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Unilever.
Lord Brittan was a Member of the European Commission from 1989 to 1999 and for much of the time served as Vice President. From 1989-92 he was responsible for Competition Policy and Financial Institutions. From January 1993 he was responsible for External Economic Affairs and Trade Policy. From January 1995 he was responsible for Trade Policy and for bilateral relations with North America, Australasia, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea.
Educated at Haberdashers' Aske's School, Cambridge and Yale, Lord Brittan was called to the Bar in 1962, became a QC in 1978 and a Bencher of the Inner Temple in 1983. He was knighted in 1989.
In 1974 he entered Parliament as Member for Cleveland and Whitby, holding various shadow posts. Following the general election in 1979, Lord Brittan was appointed Minister of State at the Home Office. In 1981 he joined the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, became Home Secretary in 1983 and was Secretary of State for Trade and Industry from 1985 to 1986.
In 1983, following boundary changes, he was elected MP for Richmond, North Yorkshire, which he retained until he took up his post in Brussels.
He was awarded a Life Peerage in the Millennium New Year Honours List, and appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for North Yorkshire in 2001.
He is a Trustee of the Daiwa-Anglo Japanese Foundation.
He is a Member of the International Advisory Committee for TOTAL SA.
Past Speaking Events
25 May 2010
The UK and Europe: What could future changes mean for business?
In the run-up to the election, Conservative divisions over the UK’s relationship with the EU have receded. But Tory eurosceptics’ strength of feeling on this issue and questions about alliances mean this will soon resurface. An outspoken pro-European, Lord Brittan will discuss his analysis and views on the UK/European relationship.