Shriti Vadera

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Baroness Shriti Vadera is a pro-industry and privatisation politician and former investment banker. Until September 2009, she was a government minister jointly for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Cabinet Office. She is a non-executive director of mining giant BHP Billiton and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca.[1][2]

Banking background

Vadera was Executive Director at Warburg Dillon Read, where she worked on banking and privatisation teams playing a role in the partial privatisation of South African Telecom. She is an expert on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) deals.

Gordon Brown's 'representative on earth'

Following 15 years with Warburg she spent 10 years in Gordon Brown's office including as Minister for Overseas Development at the Department for International Development from June until December 2007 and subsequently a minister for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (then the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) as well as a minister for the Cabinet Office and became a close friend and advisor of his, known as 'Gordon Brown's representative on earth'.[3]

As Vadera was not a member of either of the Houses of Parliament, she was created a life peer on 11 July 2007 as Baroness Vadera.The Sunday Times reported that the Cabinet Secretary "flatly refus[ed] to allow her to cross the threshold of No 10 as policy enforcer" and "no Permanent Secretary could stand her" - although the Cabinet Secretary denied making these comments.[4]

She was the Treasury's top negotiator in the PPP scheme to part-privatise the London tube network, [5] telling London transport commissioner Bob Kiley she 'could not sanction public control of the tube under any circumstances' on February 12th 2001. She was also a key architect in the 2008 bank bailout.[6]

The London Evening Standard stated she the most powerful person in Gordon Brown's cabinet, in reality 'the Prime Minister's principal fixer' and 'has three desks - in the Business Department, Cabinet Office and Number 10'.[7]

According to a Guardian report in which she was 'nominated' to be a future Governor of the Bank of England by (BBC journalist and Social Market Foundation advisor) Evan Davis:

Shriti Vadera, a publicity-shy former banker, is one of the key figures behind the scenes in the Treasury, where she has been central to the development of public-private partnerships. She's the main point of contact between the Treasury and the City, and has impressed those she has dealt with. "She combines financial expertise and political common sense," says Evan Davis. "Her appointment would be greeted with gushing enthusiasm everywhere, from City wine bars to high-street charity shops - she is on Oxfam's council of trustees." [8]

Life after government

Vadera stepped down as business minister in September 2009 to take up a new role advising the G20 from Downing Street on behalf of South Korea, which held the G20 chair.[9]

According to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments she took up a part-time consultancy role with the Dubai government shortly after April 2010. [10]

In December 2010 Vadera was appointed a non-executive director of mining giant BHP Billiton and Big Pharma company AstraZeneca.[11][12]

Affiliations

References

  1. Astra Zeneca website. Friday, 17 December 2010 AstraZeneca PLC appoints new Non-Executive Director Accessed 20/7/11
  2. Russell Lynch, 13 Dec 2010. London Evening Standard Ex-minister Shriti Vadera joins BHP Billiton board Accessed 20/7/11
  3. The Telegraph Shriti Vadera: A profile of the Business Minister nicknamed 'Shriti the Shriek' 15th Jan 2009. Accessed 3/8/11
  4. Brown's brain and his hand are not always connected. 8 July 2007.  The Times
  5. Martin Vander Weyer That's Shriti Vadera - Gordon's Representative On Earth, The Spectator, 20 June 2007
  6. George Parker, October 14 2009. Financial Times His finest moment Accessed 20/7/11
  7. Chris Blackhurst, 25 Mar 2009 From banker with a passion for change to the PM's fixer-in-chief London Evening Standard. Accessed 20/7/11
  8. Adrian Butler Who Will Be Who, The Guardian, 18 September 2004
  9. Vadera stepping down as minister, acc 12 Dec 2011
  10. Jim Pickard, Shriti Vadera’s new consultancy role in Dubai, FT Westminster blog, May 24, 2010
  11. Astra Zeneca website. Friday, 17 December 2010 AstraZeneca PLC appoints new Non-Executive Director Accessed 20/7/11
  12. Russell Lynch, 13 Dec 2010. London Evening Standard Ex-minister Shriti Vadera joins BHP Billiton board Accessed 20/7/11
  13. The Telegraph Shriti Vadera: A profile of the Business Minister nicknamed 'Shriti the Shriek' 15th Jan 2009. Accessed 3/8/11
  14. Astra Zeneca website. Friday, 17 December 2010 AstraZeneca PLC appoints new Non-Executive Director Accessed 20/7/11
  15. Russell Lynch, 13 Dec 2010. London Evening Standard Ex-minister Shriti Vadera joins BHP Billiton board Accessed 20/7/11