Journalist & Life Peer
For most of her career, Patience was a journalist. She began her national newspaper career with the Daily Mail and worked on a number of different titles before becoming Business Editor of The Times. After nine years in that role, she took on the editorship of the Sunday Telegraph. Then she decided to see what business was like from the other side, and joined the boards of Barclays and property company,Shaftesbury. She returned to journalism, editing the Wall Street Journal Europe, but had to give that up on joining the Lords in January 2011.
Patience is on the board of Fiat SpA and St James’s Place Capital, she is also the deputy chairman at the British Museum.
Independent Life Peer & Consultant
Former MP & Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Linguistics
Chief Executive, John Lewis Partnership & Former Chief Executive, Ofcom
Chief Corporate Officer, ScottishPower