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With an extensive and wide-ranging career in politics and business, Tim Yeo is known for making things happen (e.g. in government by revising planning policy, creating greater local control over funding to care for the elderly) and making a difference (e.g. exposing government mishandling of the Foot and Mouth epidemic). He is much sought-after for his views on current affairs and how business can and should play a greater role in shaping our times.
Areas of Expertise
He is an authoritative and independent commentator on environment issues as the Chairman of the All Party Committee of the Environmental Audit Committee.
Tim resigned from Michael Howard’s Shadow Cabinet immediately after the 2005 General election because he felt the environment was not being taken seriously enough by the party.
He served in the Thatcher and Major Governments, latterly as Minister of State for the Environment and Countryside, where he reformed planning law, helped to develop climate change policy and established the now thriving Energy Saving Trust.
1983 to present MP for South Suffolk
One of only 30 Conservative MPs returned in the last six elections.
Member of Shadow Cabinet ’98-’05
Ministerial briefs included: Agriculture; Health; Education; Trade & Industry; Culture, Media & Sport; Transport & Environment.
Chairman of Environmental Audit Committee
Appointed December ’05 as chairman of the all party parliamentary group to question government and propose policy ideas on issues affecting the environment. Has recently produced reports on Sustainable Housing and Transport
Government Minister ’88-’94
Ministerial posts in: Home Office, Foreign Office, Health & Environment.
Non-executive director of Univent plc, operators of private nursing homes; ITI Energy Ltd, suppliers of gasifiers: AFC Energy ltd, suppliers of fuel cells.
Various appointments in the City and Industry at board level before entering Parliament and serving in Government.
1980 – 1983 CEO of SCOPE
1984 – 1990 Chairman of The Children’s Trust