Lord Powell was private secretary and advisor on foreign affairs and defence to British Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major between the years 1983 – 1991. Since 1992 he has been an international businessman serving on the boards of several major companies including Louis Vuitton-Moet Hennessy, Caterpillar, Textron, Schindler, Yell and Mandarin Oriental. He is Chairman of LVMH Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy in the UK and Chairman of Safinvest. Lord Powell is also a member of a number of international advisory boards. Lord Powell is Chairman of the China-Britain Business School, Chairman of the Trustees of the Oxford University Business School, a Trustee of the British Museum and of the Aspen Institute in the US and Chairman of Atlantic Partnership.
Lord Powell was raised to the Peerage in 2000. He sits as a Cross-Bench member of the Lords, serves on the European Union Committee and is Chairman of the All-Party Group on Entrepreneurship. He is married with two sons and lives in London.
“I am proud to be a member of The Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation and join in the support which it is providing for research into ways to restore movement to those suffering from paralysis as a result of spinal injury. It is an extremely worthwhile cause with the potential for dramatic results. I pay tribute to David Nicholls’ energy and commitment in setting up the Foundation.”