Lord Wakeham was Chancellor of the University from April 1998 to December 2012.
John Wakeham, born 1932, was educated at Charterhouse and undertook army military service until 1955.
After a career as a chartered accountant and businessman and with more than 60 directorships to his name, he was elected to the House of Commons for Maldon, Essex in 1974 and was a Government minister from 1979 to 1994 with responsibilities that included Secretary of State for Energy, Leader of the House of Lords, Government Chief Whip and Leader of the House of Commons (in which role he was responsible for the first televising of Parliament).
Appointed a life peer in 1992, he went on to become Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission from 1995 to 2002 and Chairman of the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords 2000.
Since leaving Government, he has pursued new business and charitable interests including:
- President of GamCare
- Brendoncare Foundation
- Printers' Charitable Corporation
- Chairman, Alexandra Rose Day
- Trustee, HMS Warrior
- Council of RNLI 2003-05