Brian Griffiths

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Brian Griffiths, Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach (born 27 December 1941) has been an international advisor and vice-chairman at Goldman Sachs since 1991. He was head of Margaret Thatcher's Policy Unit from 1985 to 1990.

He joined the House of Lords as a Conservative peer on the 5 February 1991.[1]

Education and career

Griffiths attended Dynevor Grammar School in Swansea and then took an undergraudate degree and a Masters in economics at the London School of Economics. [2] He was a assistant lecturer at the London School of Economics from 1965 to 1968, and a lecturer from 1968 to 1976. In 1977 he moved to City University where he was professor of banking and international finance until 1985. During this time he was director of the Centre for Banking and International Finance (1977-82) and dean of the University's Business School. [3]

He was a director of the Bank of England from 1984 to 1986 and from 1985 to 1990 was head of Thatcher's Policy Unit. In 1991 he was made Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach. That year he also joined Goldman Sachs as an international advisor and was appointed chairman of the right-wing think-tank the Centre for Policy Studies - a position he held until 2000. [4] He was also appointed a non-executive director of Times Newspapers and subsequently took on directorships at a number of companies.

In October 2009 Griffiths caused public anger by saying that, in regard to excessive banking bonuses, the British public should "tolerate the inequality as a way to achieve greater prosperity for all". [5] [6]


Garrick Club, member [7] | Centre for Policy Studies, chairman 1991-2000 | David Hume Institute, Advisory council 1996[8] | Centre for Social Justice, Advisory Council [9]

External Links


  1. Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach Parliament.UK, accessed 19 December 2014
  2. 'OF FFORESTFACH', Who's Who 2009, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2008, accessed 2 Nov 2009
  3. Debrett's People of Today, The Rt Hon Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach, [Accessed 2 November 2009]
  4. Debrett's People of Today, The Rt Hon Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach, [Accessed 2 November 2009]
  5. Caroline Binham, Goldman Sachs’s Griffiths Says Inequality Helps All (Update1), Bloomberg, 21 October 2009 11:20 EDT, accessed 10 March 2011
  6. Andrew Clark, Goldman Sachs breaks record with $16.7bn bonus pot, #, Thursday 15 October 2009, accessed 10 March 2011.
  7. Debrett's People of Today, The Rt Hon Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach, [Accessed 2 November 2009]
  8. Nick Kuenssberg and Gillian Lomas (Eds) The David Hume Institute: The First Decade, Edinburgh: The David Hume Institute, 1996.
  9. CSJ, Advisory Board, accessed 13 February 2010