Camilla Cavendish

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Camilla Cavendish

Camilla Hilary Cavendish served as the head of the Number 10 Policy Unit under former UK prime minister David Cameron. She is a former journalist for The Times. [1]

In August 2016, she was awarded a peerage under Cameron's resignation honour's list, amongst 13 other former personal and political aides. [2] Just three months later however, Cavendish stepped down from the House of Lords as a Conservative peer, in order to take up another job. She continues to sit in the chamber as a non-aligned member. [3]


Before entering journalism, Cavendish was an aid worker, consultant at McKinsey, CEO of the trust that rebuilt London's South Bank[4] and an aide to Dame Majorie Scardino, the former CEO of Pearson Plc.[5]

Cavendish joined The Times in 2002, where she was associate editor, columnist and chief leader writer[4] and in 2013 she joined the Sunday Times.[6]

In May 2015, after the Conservative Party achieved a majority in the general election, it was announced Cavendish would replace Jo Johnson as head of the Number 10 Policy Unit.[7]


Cavendish was a contemporary of Prime Minister David Cameron at the University of Oxford, with them both studying politics, philosophy and economics.[7]




  1. Frances Perraudin, Sunday Times columnist Camilla Cavendish to head No 10 policy unit, The Guardian, 21 May 2015, accessed 6 February.
  2. Kate McCann and Christopher Hope, Former PM David Cameron facing MPs' inquiry after resignation honours list is published that would 'embarrass a medieval court', The Telegraph, 4 August 2016, accessed 6 February 2017.
  3. Daniel Martin, New Cameron peer drops her Tory allegiance just three months after being appointed to the Lords so she can take up a new job, Daily Mail, 15 December 2016, accessed 6 February 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Times Camilla Cavendish, accessed 26 May 2015.
  5. Independent Fighting talk from the 'FT', 13 October 2002, accessed 26 May 2015.
  6. Lisa O'Carroll Camilla Cavendish moves to Sunday Times Guardian, 28 January 2013, accessed 26 May 2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Frances Perraudin Sunday Times columnist Camilla Cavendish to head No 10 policy unit Guardian, 21 May 2015, accessed 26 May 2015.
  8. Social Investigations Policy Exchange links to the Conservative party, 1 November 2012, accessed 26 May 2015.