The Baroness Neville-Rolfe
|Chairman Assured Food Standards|
|Assumed office |
21 November 2017
|Prime Minister||Theresa May |
|Preceded by||Andrew Blenkiron|
|Commercial Secretary to the Treasury|
21 December 2016 – 13 June 2017
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Preceded by||The Lord O'Neill of Gatley|
|Member of the House of Lords |
|Assumed office |
4 February 2013
|Born||2 January 1953|
Wardour, Wiltshire, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Sir Richard Packer|
|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
She served as Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from July 2016 to December 2016. She previously worked at Tesco PLC (1997–2013), serving on the Board of Directors from 2006. She was appointed a Life Peer in the House of Lords in 2013.
Neville-Rolfe is a former senior civil servant and worked at the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1973 to 1992, and the Prime Minister's Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street from 1992 to 1994.
Neville-Rolfe was born at Wardour, Wiltshire, where she lived on a farm with her parents and four siblings. She attended Catholic convent schools before studying Philosophy, politics and economics at Somerville College, Oxford. She graduated with an MA. She is an Honorary Fellow of the College.
After leaving university, Neville-Rolfe worked in the Civil Service. She worked at the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1973-1992. She was a Member of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit from 1992 to 1994. She served as Director of the Deregulation Unit in the Cabinet Office from 1995-97.
Neville-Rolfe then took up a position at Tesco and served as Group Director of Corporate Affairs from 1997 to 2006. She served as Company Secretary from 2004-2006. She served on the Board from 2006 as Executive Director (Corporate and Legal Affairs) until she retired in January 2013. While at Tesco the company moved from its core UK grocery roots into non-food services – and 13 overseas markets across the world.
Neville-Rolfe joined the House of Lords as a Conservative Peer in October 2013 and served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister for Intellectual Property from July 2014 until July 2016. From May 2015 she was also Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Neville-Rolfe was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 17 July 2016.
Before assuming her ministerial responsibilities she spoke in the House of Lords on business, vocational education, broadband, regulatory reform and competitiveness issues. Neville-Rolfe is a particularly prominent speaker on issues concerning business. The aim is to encourage government to facilitate and support UK businesses, to remove unnecessary tax and regulatory burdens, to roll-out broadband across the UK and to enable the growth of small businesses. She has also delivered speeches on UK foreign trade agreements, with particular interest in China and India. She also sat on the Parliamentary Select Committee for Affordable Childcare
Neville-Rolfe had many non-executive positions which she resigned on appointment. She was a non-executive director of ITV Plc and a member of the supervisory board of Metro Group, a large German-based international retailer and wholesaler. Neville-Rolfe was also President of EuroCommerce, the pan-European retail trade association, and sat on the boards of 2 Sisters Food Group and Hermes Equity Ownership Services and on PwC's Advisory Board. She is a member of the London Business School's Governing Body.
Honours and awards
Neville-Rolfe was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2005 Birthday Honours for services to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Board of Management, and a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to industry and voluntary service. On 10 September 2013 she was created a life peer taking the title Baroness Neville-Rolfe, of Chilmark in the County of Wiltshire.
Neville-Rolfe is married to Sir Richard Packer, who was Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1993 until 2000. They have four sons. Her husband was knighted in 2001. From 2001 until she entered the House of Lords in 2013, her title was Lady Packer.
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