Meet the new peers

5 August 2016

A full list of new peerages has been published as part of David Cameron's Resignation Honours. DeHavilland has compiled a brief guide to the new peers, including their key career achievements and political sensibilities.


Gabrielle Bertin

Lately Director of External Relations at Number 10

In her role at Downing Street, Ms Bertin was responsible for creating and maintaining Downing Street's relationships with businesses, charities and pressure groups. With a background in the City, Ms Bertin has been described as a "savvy" media operator. She became the political spokesperson for David Cameron after initially linking working with him during the later stages of his Conservative Party leadership campaign in 2005. Originally from South London, she worked as an adviser to then Shadow Secretary for Health Liam Fox on behalf of the UK-American think-tank tank Atlantic Bridge.

Olivia Bloomfield

Lately Partner at Atlantic Superconnection Corporation and Chairman of the Pump House Project

Ms Bloomfield has made a prominent contribution to the Conservative Party as Head of Fundraising, working closely with former Tory Treasurer Michael Spencer – himself rejected for a peerage in the same honours list. She had previously served as his Chief of Staff from 2007 onwards. Her career experience includes roles at Bank of America and Russell Reynolds, as well as serving as a magistrate.

Jonathan Caine

Lately Special Adviser to Theresa Villiers

Mr Caine was made special adviser to Ms Villiers’ predecessor, Northern Ireland Secretary, Owen Paterson in May 2010, having joined after working as Director of Bell Pottinger Public Affairs. Described as “widely acknowledged in Westminster as one of the foremost experts on Northern Ireland politics”, Mr Caine joined Bell Pottinger in March 2007 after working as Assistant Director in the Conservative Research Department for 8 and a half years, specialising in Northern Ireland and a range of other subjects. He was Special Adviser to two secretaries of state for Northern Ireland between 1991 and 1995 - Peter Brooke and Sir Patrick Mayhew - and continued to advise Conservative politicians on the issues affecting Northern Ireland long after this time. On the ConservativeHome website he described himself as "a convinced unionist" who still believed that post-devolution, unionism was "part of the Conservative Party's DNA".


Camilla Cavendish

Lately Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit

Described by the Spectator as "one of the sharpest thinkers on the centre-right", as a Special Adviser Ms Cavendish was insistent that the Conservative Government had a "clear mandate to conduct a tough renegotiation with the EU". A journalist by trade, she worked as the chief leader writer for the Times for nearly a decade, before becoming Associate Editor of the paper. Ms Cavendish has won numerous awards for her writing, including Campaign Journalist of the Year and the Paul Foot Award for Investigative Journalism.


Andrew Fraser

Treasurer of the Conservative Party

Hon. Andrew Fraser is a major Conservative donor currently serving as Treasurer of the party. He gave some £100,000 to the Better Together campaign against Scottish independence, and has reportedly donated more than £1m to the Conservatives in total. Mr Fraser is former Head of Equities at Barings Bank, famous for its spectacular collapse in the mid-90s. He is the son of judge Lord Fraser of Tullybelton and owns land in Corriegarth in the Scottish Highlands, where he has interests in wind energy generation assets.


Jitesh Gadhia

Lately Senior Managing Director at Blackstone and currently Board Member of UK Financial Investments and UK Government Investments

Mr Gadhia is an investment banker who has substantial experience at a range of major firms. A Cambridge graduate, he has won the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader award, and has served as a trustee of Nesta and St Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. Mr Gadhia has been described in the press as a “member of the Prime Minister’s inner circle”, and has given significant amounts of money to his party. In 2016 it was revealed that he had also donated £25,000 to the Scottish Liberal Democrats in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum.


Timothy Kirkhope

MEP for Yorkshire and Humber and former Member of Parliament for Leeds North East

Mr Kirkhope is a Conservative MEP who previously served as an MP between 1987 and 1997. During his time in the Commons, he spent time as a Government Whip. Before entering Parliament, he worked as a lawyer. He has a special interest in regional issues, particularly the protection of rural communities, and has made high profile calls for support to counter the risk of flooding. In the European Parliament, he served as a Rapporteur on Passenger Name Record data, travel information collected for the purpose of combating terrorism.

Rt Hon Ed Llewellyn OBE

Lately Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister

Former Chief of Staff to David Cameron, Mr Llewellyn has been described as one of a “clique of Eton-educated southerners" with "a key role in finalising the [Conservative Party] manifesto for the [2015 General Election]”. He then served as part of the Conservative negotiating team during the discussions that led to the creation of the Coalition. Following the Conservatives' victory in May 2015, Mr Llewellyn remained in post, but stepped back from a role in domestic policy. Instead, he became what that the Spectator described as Mr Cameron's "point man" in the strategy to renegotiate the UK's relationship with the EU. He was also elevated to the Privy Council.


Mark McInnes CBE

Conservative Councillor for the Meadows/Morningside Ward in Edinburgh and Director of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Mr McInnes has served as Party Director for the Scottish Conservatives, supporting the leadership of Ruth Davidson during a period of resurgent confidence and high-profile unionist campaigning. He was part of the team which drew up the party’s strategy at the most recent Holyrood elections, based on a vision of the Conservatives as a party determined to hold the SNP Scottish Government to account. He is a prominent Conservative councillor in Edinburgh.


Philippa Roe

Leader of Westminster City Council

Ms Roe rose to become Leader of Westminster City Council following the decision of predecessor Colin Barrow to stand down over a row about a proposed “nightlife tax”. A former businesswoman, she was educated at St Andrews and previously worked as Director of Financial Services at Citigroup, and was among the business experts who contributed to the development of PFI. The daughter of Dame Marion Roe, former Conservative MP for Broxbourne, she attempted to earn the Conservative nomination to fight the London Mayoral race in 2016, but lost out to Zac Goldsmith.

Liz Sugg CBE

Lately Head of Operations at Number 10

Ms Sugg was one of David Cameron’s chief aides during the 2010 election campaign, and followed him into Downing Street as a special adviser upon the formation of the Coalition Government. Having been with Mr Cameron since the very beginning of his campaign to become party leader, Ms Sugg was part of his closest inner coterie. She served as Head of Operations during his time as Leader of the Opposition, and was chiefly responsible for organising public events. Before moving to a position organising press events for Conservative MEPs, Ms Sugg worked for Sky News, and later served as an assistant to Ken Clarke.

Charlotte Vere

Executive Director of the Girls’ Schools Association and former Executive Director at Conservatives In

Ms Vere served as Executive Director of Conservatives In, the Tory Remain campaign for the EU Referendum. She had previously served as Finance Director and Spokesperson at the No to AV campaign, and unsuccessfully stood for election in Brighton Pavilion in 2010. Professionally, she has significant experience in the financial services and recruitment sectors, and also worked for a social enterprise dedicated to supporting individuals experiencing mental health difficulties.

Laura Wyld

Lately Head of the Prime Minister’s Appointments Unit

Ms Wyld was appointed Head of the Prime Minister's Appointments Unit in May 2013, having previously worked as Consultant and later Associate Director at Fishburn Hedges. She was also a Consultant at Lexington Communications.



Shami Chakrabarti

Chancellor of the University of Essex and former Director of Liberty

Ms Chakrabarti is a former barrister who worked at the Home Office before becoming a prominent human rights campaigner. She served as Director of Liberty from 2003 to 2016, becoming a well-known face of opposition to anti-terror laws. She also notably served as Chair of an inquiry into anti-Semitism within the Labour party – a fact that has led to criticism of her nomination for a peerage. Educated at the LSE, she was once a member of the Social Democratic Party.



Sir Nicholas Macpherson

Lately Permanent Secretary to Her Majesty’s Treasury (2005 -2016)

After 20 years in the civil service, Sir Nicholas Macpherson was appointed Permanent Secretary to the Treasury on 2 August 2005 at the age of 49. On his appointment, Sir Nicholas pledged to "continue to make the Treasury a more professional and outward-facing department". After being educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, in 1982 he became an economist at the CBI, before leaving a year later to take up the post of Senior Analyst at Peat Marwick and Mitchell Management Consultancy (now KPMG). In 1985 he joined the Civil Service and eight years later became Principal Private Secretary to Chancellor Kenneth Clarke. He helped to oversee the transition at the Treasury when Labour came to power in 1997, and remained as Principal Private Secretary until 1998 when he became Director of Welfare Reform. Three years later he was appointed head of the Public Services Directorate and in 2004 he was made Managing Director of the Budget and Public Finance Directorate.

Sir Peter Ricketts

Lately Her Majesty’s Ambassador to France (2012 -16), National Security Adviser (2010-12) and Permanent Under Secretary FCO and Head of the Diplomatic Service (2006-10)

In February 2012, Sir Peter Ricketts moved from his post as the Government's first National Security Adviser to become the British Ambassador to France. He had previously been Permanent Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a post he attained in July 2006, having first joined the FCO in 1974. As the FCO's Political Director in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Sir Peter's advice was among a number of memos the Cabinet leaked in 2004. Between 2000 and 2001, Sir Peter was seconded to the Cabinet Office as Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee.

DeHavilland will be updating PeoplePoint with full biographies and contact details for the new peers in due course, as they formally become Members of the House of Lords. For further information, please contact your Monitoring Consultant.

Anna Haswell, Senior Political Analyst and Content Marketer
Anna Haswell
Senior Political Analyst and Content Marketer

As Senior Political Analyst at DeHavilland, Anna Haswell leads on financial services policy, as well as covering media issues. In her capacity as Content Marketer, she is also responsible for DeHavilland's briefings and analysis output, working across teams to ensure relevant messages reach current and prospective clients alike. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford and Goldsmiths, University of London.