Entrepreneur & Not-for-profit Operator
Dennis has been a serial entrepreneur since leaving university … initially he set up a series of consulting and biotech businesses (and a disastrous business selling knitting wool!). Most recently he has set up businesses as far afield as cloud computing, pop up shops, home distribution of foods, African television etc etc. He has also chaired some large companies (Pearson plc, GPA plc and HBOS plc).
He is a Non Executive Director of Waterstones and has recently retired after 13 years on the Board of The Economist. He is also President of Aldeburgh Music Ltd, a Director of Glyndebourne Productions and Chairman of MQ: Research for Mental Health. He was Chairman of the Trustees of the Tate Gallery in the 90s; was the Prime Minister’s Special Adviser on the application of ICT in education; was Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission and was Chancellor of the University of the Arts London.
He sits on the cross-benches in the House of Lords.
Historian & Broadcaster, BBC
Head of the Department of Economics, University of Birmingham
Reader in Early Modern European History, University of Cambridge
Former UN Assistant Secretary General
Journalist & Life Peer