Jonathan Marland

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Jonathan Marland
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Jonathan Peter Marland, Baron Marland, (born 14 August 1956) is a venture capitalist and was treasurer of the Conservative Party between 2003-07. In 2006 he was made Baron Marland of Odstock. He has also acted as an advisor to the Conservative Party on its relations with business, arguing that relations need to be improved to regain the Tory's "credibility on the economy".[1]

Marland is the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy, and is a former parliamentary under-secretary at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

In January 2014, 11 months after leaving office, Marland was appointed as the part-time paid director and chairman of the Commonwealth Business Council. [2]

Background

Outside of politics, Lord Marland was one of the founding directors of Jardine Lloyd Thomson plc, a multinational insurance business and also founded the Jubilee insurance company at Lloyd's of London. He led the acquisitions of Hunter Wellington Boots, Insurance Capital Partners, Janspeed Performance Ltd and Wisden Cricketer Magazine.

Activities

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In 2010, Lord Marland was made Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), serving on the government frontbench. In May 2011 he was also appointed as the Chairman of the British Business Ambassadors by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

Marland's DECC responsibilities include nuclear issues:

  • 'managing the nuclear legacy, including NDA performance and delivery (supported by the Shareholder Executive) and policy on plutonium'
  • civil nuclear security, including responsibility for the Civil Nuclear Constabulary
  • transparency
  • commercial negotiations[3]

In June 2010 in response to a question asked by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on what proposals the Coalition government had for the development of nuclear-powered generation in the United Kingdom, Lord Marland replied:

The Government are committed to allowing the construction of new nuclear power stations, provided that they are subject to the normal planning process for major projects and receive no public subsidy. The Government will continue to work through the Office for Nuclear Development to drive progress in all areas needed to bring this about.[4]

Meetings with nuclear firms

In June and July 2010 Marland met with Chaucer Plc and Rolls-Royce respectively to discuss "Nuclear issues". [5]

In January 2011 he met with the Nuclear Liabilities Fund to discuss "energy issues". [6]

In March 2011, the month after the Fukushima disaster, he met with EDF Energy, Sellafield Ltd (Sellafield Remediation Forum), Mizuho International PLC, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to discuss "energy issues". [7]

In July 2011 he met with Nuclear Management Partners Ltd to discuss "energy issues". [8]

Close friend of spindoctor Lynton Crosby

In September 2013 documents released under Freedom of Information to the University of Bath's Tobacco Control Research Group revealed that Marland had been lobbied by David Cameron's election guru lobbyist Lynton Crosby over tobacco plain packaging. Marland is a close friend of Crosby, whom he has described as "fantastic". The Observer reported that:

They worked together on London mayor Boris Johnson's campaigns. "When I was asked to get involved in Boris's campaign for London mayor, the first thing I did was call my friend, campaign guru Lynton Crosby, and ask him to run it," Marland once explained. CTF's website carries a testimony from Marland, calling Crosby "the best [campaign] manager in the world". [9]

Directorships

  • Paid part-time Director, Test Match Extra.Com Limited - from January 2014
  • Non-Executive Director, Three Jays Limited from July 2013
  • Part-time Chairman of Herriot Ltd, an investment company that Lord Marland owns and co-founded in 1989.
  • Non-Executive Director, Tamara Mellon Inc

Affiliations

He is the President of Salisbury City F.C. and a member of the MCC.

Resources

Contact

Address:
Odstock Manor
Odstock Salisbury
SP5 4JA
Tel:01722 329 781

Notes

  1. Transcript of BBC On The Record, Broadcast 24 November 2002
  2. Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, date of approval June 2013
  3. DECC, Lord Marland Responsiblities, undated, accessed 4 June 2012
  4. Hansard Debates, Energy: Nuclear Power Question, asked by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, House of Lords, Thursday, 3 June 2010: Column 365, parliament.co.uk, accessed 4 June 2012
  5. Department of Energy and Climate Change. Ministerial meetings with outside interests, 13 May - 31 Jul 2010
  6. Department of Energy and Climate Change. Ministerial meetings with outside interests, 1 Jan - 31 Mar 2011
  7. Department of Energy and Climate Change. Ministerial meetings with outside interests, 1 Jan - 31 Mar 2011
  8. Department of Energy and Climate Change. Ministerial meetings with outside interests, 1 Jul - 30 Sep 2011
  9. Conservative election guru Lynton Crosby lobbied minister over tobacco, The Guardian, The Observer, Sunday 7 September 2014