In 1985, he founded private nursing home company Westminster Health Care, which he built into a leading health care provider which he sold in 1999. He was chair of Sport England from 2002 to 2006, and has chaired a number of government reviews including Commonwealth Games 2002, The English National Stadium (Wembley), National Athletics, Payroll Services, Criminal Records Bureau, Offender Management, Public Diplomacy, the Procurement of Legal Aid and Pathology..
He has been part of sub committees on the environment and agriculture; agriculture, fisheries and environment; agriculture, fisheries, environment and energy and economic and financial affairs.
In 2012 the Department of Health said it had 'every confidence' in Carter to fulfil his role as chairman of the NHS Co-operation and Competition Panel despite also being UK chairman of US-owned healthcare giant McKesson, a company who says it has contracts with more than 90 per cent of NHS organisations, as well as with other private health companies.
In 2014, Carter donated £5,000 to Will Straw (son of Carter's school friend Jack Straw), who is Labour's candidate for Rossendale and Darwen in the 2015 general election. Will Straw said in his speech that he wanted to stop the Tory privatisation in its tracks and launched a petition calling for an end to private firms making profit in the NHS. Straw's speech raised eyebrows after it was revealed that Carter, who earns £799,000 a year from one of the primary NHS contractors McKesson UK, had donated money to him and his party.
Register of interests
- Director, Primary Group Ltd, and also of the following subsidiary companies: PGUK HAB Ltd; Qmetric Group Ltd; UK General Insurance Ltd; UK General Insurance Group Ltd
- Director, JKHC Ltd
- Director, Health Services Laboratories LLP
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- Judge's biography Lord Carter of Coles Society Guardian, Wednesday May 23 2007
- Lord Carter of Coles Parliament.uk, accessed 2 December 2014
- Juliette Jowit Whitehall defends dual health roles of chairman of NHS watchdog The Guardian, 4 March 2012, accessed 2 December 2014
- Red Prince Vows “End to Tory Privatisation of NHS" But Takes Donation From Boss of Top Private Contractor Guido Fawkes, 10 November 2014, accessed 2 December 2014