25th March: 1.00pm
Richard Needham on Politics and Business
Following the publication of his well-received memoir, Richard Needham looks back on a life that straddles the worlds of commerce and politics.
Richard will describe his journey from innovative businessman to visionary and often controversial politician and back again to his roots in the commercial world. From Thatcher to Arafat, from Northern Ireland to China, he will also recount humorous anecdotes and frank verdicts on those with whom he came into contact.
Richard Needham was MP for Chippenham for eighteen years. During that time he was Britain’s longest serving minister in Northern Ireland, responsible for economic regeneration. In 1992 he was promoted to the Ministry of Trade, in charge of the U.K.’s export strategy. In 1997 he left politics to return to industry. He was a director of Dyson for sixteen years and chairman of Avon Rubber PLC for five. He has been involved in many other large, medium and small companies covering many sectors. He has three grown-up children and lives with his wife in Gloucestershire. Richard Needham has spent a lifetime in business and politics starting at the bottom and having reached the top finding himself at the bottom again.