Norman Blackwell, Baron Blackwell

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The Lord Blackwell
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Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group
In office
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
2 October 1997
Life Peerage
Personal details
Norman Roy Blackwell

(1952-07-29) 29 July 1952 (age 68)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Brenda Clucas
ParentsAlbert and Frances Blackwell
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
University of Pennsylvania
OccupationBanker, politician

Norman Roy Blackwell, Baron Blackwell (born 29 July 1952) is a British former businessman,[1] public servant, Conservative politician,[1] campaigner and policy advisor.

Early life[edit]

The son of Albert and Frances Blackwell,[1] he was educated first at Latymer Upper School,[1] and as a Junior Exhibitioner at The Royal Academy of Music[1] in London, and then graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge with a master of arts in natural sciences in 1973.[1] He then went on to Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a master of business administration in 1975,[1] and then in 1976 with a doctor of philosophy[1] in finance and economics.[2]


Business and commerce employment[edit]

Upon leaving academia Norman commenced employment in 1976 with The Plessey Company,[3] a British-based international electronics, defence and telecommunications company, where he was involved with strategic planning.[3] In 1978 he moved to McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting[3] and from where, in 1986, he was seconded to work, until 1987, for the Conservative government of the United Kingdom. Back at McKinsey's, Blackwell was made a partner in 1984[4] and he remained with the firm until 1995,[3] when a second spell working for a British Conservative Government commenced. That administration's defeat in the 1997 general election saw him again take up private sector employment with National Westminster Bank as director of group development between 1997 and 2000.[1] The new millennium witnessed a change in employment opportunities and he began a new phase in his career as a non-executive director and advisor appointed to a number of public listed companies.

Current directorships[edit]

Non-executive director, Lloyds Banking Group plc[5] and at Lloyds Bank Plc since 1 June 2012 and Chairman from April 2014.[6] He was appointed chairman of both Scottish Widows Group Ltd (insurance subsidiary of Lloyds Banking Group plc)[5][7] and Scottish Widows plc on 1 September 2012, but stepped down on becoming chairman of parent company Lloyds Banking Group on 3 April 2014.[8]

Emoluments – business and commerce employment[edit]

Lord Blackwell received remuneration of £755,000 as Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group, as detailed in the 2018 annual report. He had no other remunerated employment.[9]

Past directorship and advisor roles[edit]

Chairman, Interserve plc, a global support services group[5] since 1 January 2006,[6] having initially joined the board in September 2005.[3] After nine years as Interserve chairman, Lord Blackwell stepped down in early 2016 and was replaced by Glyn Barker.[10]

Non-executive director, Halma plc, which provides specialist technologies for safety, health and environmental protection)[5] since 29 July 2010.[6] He stepped down in 2014, and was replaced by Paul Walker.[11]

Blackwell was a special advisor to KPMG, within its corporate finance division, between 2000 and 2008[3] his role was reported by the Financial News as being "to assist the firm in the development of its corporate finance business with big corporates".[12]

He became non-executive chairman of Akers Biosciences Inc[2] on 8 May 2002, ahead of its stock market listing on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange on 22 May 2002,[13] yet resigned from the board on 28 March 2003, little more than 10 months later.[14]

He served as senior independent non-executive director at Corporate Services Group Plc, a recruitment and employment agency, from December 2000 to 9 June 2006.[6] and as a non-executive director of Dixons Group, a consumer electronics retailer, from 2000[1] to 2003[3] He was appointed non-executive director at SEGRO Plc, a property investment and development company which later became a real estate investment trust (REIT), from 1 April 2001 to 29 April 2010[6] and was senior independent director from 2005[3] Blackwell became non-executive chairman of Smartstream Technologies Ltd, a financial transaction management business, in 2001 a position he held until 2005[3] He served as a non-executive director of Standard Life Plc from 6 June 2003 to 25 May 2012.[3][6][15] and as senior independent director from 2008 until May 2012.[6]

Government and politics[edit]

From 1986 to 1987 Norman Blackwell was a member of Margaret Thatcher's Prime Minister's Policy Unit.[15] He then returned to 10 Downing Street serving as head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit under the government of John Major from 1995 to 1997,[15] where he coordinated domestic policy development across government departments.[2]


On 2 October 1997, he was created a life peer as Baron Blackwell, of Woodcote in the County of Surrey.[16] The honour was bestowed upon him as part of the 1997 Prime Minister's Resignation Honours which marked the May 1997 resignation of Prime Minister John Major, following the Conservative party's defeat in the 1997 general election. He sits in the House of Lords as a lord temporal for the Conservatives.[5][17]

Parliamentary committees[edit]

As of 4 April 2013 the United Kingdom Parliament listed Lord Blackwell's participation in the following committees:[5]

Committee House Years served
Tax Law Rewrite Bills (Joint Committee) Lords 2002–2010
EU Sub-Committee A – Economic and Financial Affairs, and International Trade Lords 2003–2007
European Union Committee Lords 2004–2008
EU Sub-Committee E – Justice and Institutions Lords 2007–2012
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee Lords 2008–2013
Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee Lords 2013-2014

Public policy think tank[edit]

In 1983 Blackwell co-authored a pamphlet for the Bow Group the oldest conservative think tank in the United Kingdom. From 2000 to 2012, he was a non-executive board member of the British centre-right policy think tank the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS),[15] whose goal is to promote coherent and practical public policy, to roll back the state, reform public services, support communities, and challenge threats to Britain's independence.[18] Although identified as non-partisan, the Centre has strong historical links to the Conservative Party. He served as chairman of the CPS between 2000 and 2009.[15]

Campaign group[edit]

The campaign group Global Vision was launched in March 2007 by Lord Blackwell and Ruth Lea. It purported to be "completely independent and non-partisan." Its website gives its aims as being; "to create a campaign which would offer a refreshing, forward and outward looking alternative to the existing polarised choices of going along with the full European project or pulling out and breaking all ties with our European neighbours. By advocating this middle way, Global Vision promotes a constructive new relationship between the UK and Europe based on free trade and mutually beneficial cooperation, whilst opting out of the process of political and economic integration."[19]

Lord Blackwell published the research paper, "A Blueprint for Renegotiating The UK's EU Relationship" for the campaign. The paper sets out an agenda to safeguard UK powers or, repatriate EU powers in the following areas: foreign and defence policy, legal and judicial, legislative and regulatory, European Court of Justice, EU programmes, trade policy, and free market, so as to create a new relationship between Britain and the EU.[20]

Public service[edit]

Current ministerial appointment[edit]

Office of Communications[edit]

Norman Blackwell was appointed a non-executive board member for The Office of Communications (Welsh: Y Swyddfa Gyfathrebiadau), commonly known as Ofcom, initially for a three-year term, from 1 September 2009.[2][3][5][6] He was subsequently reappointed to serve a second three-year term but stepped down in 2014.[21][22]

Ofcom is the government-approved regulatory and competition authority for the broadcasting, telecommunications and postal industries of the United Kingdom. He was a member of the Ofcom Content Board, Nominations Committee and Remuneration Committee. He had special non-executive responsibility for postal regulation.[21]

Emoluments – public service appointments[edit]

Lord Blackwell received the following emoluments for his public service role in 2010:

Regulatory Body Office Remuneration (£’s)
Ofcom[a] Non-Executive board member 42,519[2]

[a] for 1–2 days per week[2]

Past ministerial appointments[edit]

Office of Fair Trading[edit]

Norman Blackwell served as a non-executive board member for the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) from 1 April 2003[5][21] initially for a five-year term,[21] that was subsequently extended upon expiry for a further two years,[23] up to 31 March 2010.[3]

The OFT is a non-ministerial government department of the United Kingdom, which enforces both consumer protection and competition law, acting as the UK's economic regulator. The OFT's goal is to make markets work well for consumers, ensuring vigorous competition between fair-dealing businesses and prohibiting unfair practices such as rogue trading, scams and cartels.[24]

During the period when Lord Blackwell served as a non-executive director of the OFT a company where, at the time, he was also chairman, Interserve plc, became subject to an investigation by the OFT into tender activity in the construction industry prior to him joining the Interserve Board.[25] The investigation was described by the OFT as "one of the largest ever Competition Act investigations".[26] Interserve were found to have engaged in illegal anti-competitive bid rigging activities[27] and were fined a sum of £11,634,750.[28]

Postal Services Commission[edit]

Lord Blackwell served as a commissioner of Postcomm, the Postal Services Commission[6][29] a non-ministerial department of the government of the United Kingdom charged with overseeing the quality and universal service of post in the United Kingdom.[30] Postcomm was merged into the communications regulator Ofcom on 1 October 2011.

Personal life[edit]

He married Brenda Clucas, daughter of Thomas Walter Clucas, on 22 June 1974.[1] They have three sons and two daughters: Jane, Simon, Sarah, Richard and William.[1] Blackwell owns properties in London and Surrey let on assured short hold tenancies, owned jointly with his wife.[5] Blackwell's recreations, as listed in Debretts People of Today, are: classical music, walking, gardening.[3] He is a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Music.[31]


Coat of arms of Norman Blackwell, Baron Blackwell
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A badger sejant erect Proper gorged with a plain collar Or and holding in the dexter forepaw a rose Gules barbed seeded slipped and leaved Or.
Sable between two chevronels Argent five garbs Or.
On either side a beaver sejant erect Gules the tail Or holding in the interior paw and holding a trumpet also Or.
Endeavour And Integrity [32]


Lord Blackwell has published the following public policy pamphlets:


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe The Peerage, Person Page 14368 Retrieved 5 April 2013
  2. ^ a b c d e f New Postcomm Commissioners Biographical details Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 17 December 2010 09:30 Retrieved 8 April 2013
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m The Rt Hon Lord Blackwell's Biography Debretts People of Today Online Retrieved 8 April 2013
  4. ^ "Doctor Who returns to Downing Street : PROFILE". The Independent. 2 February 1995. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Lord Blackwell Register of Interests UK Parliament website Retrieved 4 April 2013
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Executive Profile Norman Roy Blackwell Ph.D. Bloomburg Businessweek Retrieved 8 April 2013
  7. ^ Lord Blackwell new chairman of Scottish Widows Herald Scotland 1 June 2012 Retrieved 4 April 2013
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Lloyds Banking Group Annual Report and Accounts 2018" (PDF).
  10. ^ "Our History". Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  11. ^ (PDF) Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ Lord Blackwell to advise KPMG Corporate Finance Financial News 10 July 2000 Retrieved 9 April 2013
  13. ^ IPO Prospectus Company website Retrieved 9 April 2013
  14. ^ Company Annual Report 2003 Company website Retrieved 9 April 2013
  15. ^ a b c d e Lord Blackwell Profile Centre for Policy Studies website Retrieved 4 April 2013
  16. ^ "No. 54913". The London Gazette. 7 October 1997. p. 11279.
  17. ^ Profile They Work For You website Retrieved 5 April 2013
  18. ^ Andrew Denham and Mark Garnett Keith Joseph (Chesham 2001), p. 240
  19. ^ Global Vision Our Vision Global Vision website Retrieved 10 April 2013
  20. ^ Global Vision Publications Global Vision website Retrieved 10 April 2013
  21. ^ a b c d OFT Board takes over. New era for OFT as corporate body OFT Press Release 31 March 2003 Retrieved 9 April 2013
  22. ^ "Ofcom Annual Report and Accounts 2014" (PDF).
  23. ^ OFT announces non-executive director appointments OFT Press Release 14 February 2008 Retrieved 9 April 2013
  24. ^ Office of Fair Trading. "Office of Fair Trading Annual Report and Accounts 2011–12" (PDF). pp. 7 to 9. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  25. ^ "Investegate |Interserve PLC Announcements | Interserve PLC: OFT Sector Investigation". Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  26. ^ OFT issues statement of objections against 112 construction companies Archived 11 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine Office of Fair Trading Press Release 17 April 2008
  27. ^ Construction firms fined for illegal bid-rigging Archived 10 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine Office of Fair Trading Press Release 22 September 2009
  28. ^ Office of Fair Trading Press Release Archived 18 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  29. ^ Minister for Postal Affairs Edward Davey today announced the appointment of four Commissioners to the Board of Postcomm, the regulator for postal services. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Press Release 17 December 2010 09:30 Retrieved 9 April 2013
  30. ^ About Postcomm Internet Memory Foundation The National Archive Retrieved 9 April 2013
  31. ^ "Governing Body". Royal Academy of Music.
  32. ^ Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage. 2000.

Further reading[edit]

Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Lang of Monkton
Baron Blackwell
Followed by
The Lord Sainsbury of Turville