Sandy Leitch

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Sandy Leitch (Lord Leitch) is a Labour peer in the House of Lords, having been raised to the peerage on 7 June 2004.

Leitch also holds senior positions at BUPA, Old Mutual Wealth and FNZ, having formerly been chairman of Scottish Widows Group, head of the UK branch of Zurich Financial Services and deputy chairman of the Bank of Scotland plc, Lloyds Banking Group plc and HBOS plc.

Labour links

Whilst he was in power, Tony Blair utilised Leitch and viewed him as one of his most trusted business advisers. When Gordon Brown replaced Blair, Leitch maintained his Labour links by donating £5,000 to the party in 2007.[1]


From the House of Lords Register of Interests


Significant shareholdings

Office-holder in voluntary organisations

  • Deputy Chairman of Commonwealth Education Fund
  • Founding Vice President of 'CARES' (employee volunteering) - subdivision of Business in the Community
  • Chairman of Leitch Review of Skills (unpaid) (independent review of skills in the UK - voluntary post)
  • Chairman, National Employment Panel Ltd (unpaid)

Voluntary organisations

Former interests



  1. Michael Seamark The man behind Blair's new job: From miner's son to peer with power Daily Mail, 28 January 2008, accessed 22 December 2014
  2. Interest amendments Parliament.UK, accessed 22 December 2014