Allen Sheppard, Baron Sheppard of Didgemere

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Allen John George Sheppard, Baron Sheppard of Didgemere KCVO (born 25 December 1932) is an industrialist.

He was educated at Ilford County High School and the London School of Economics.[1]

He worked first in car manufacturing: Ford of Britain and Ford of Europe, 1958–68; Rootes/Chrysler, 1968–71; British Leyland, 1971–75.[1] He then moved to Grand Metropolitan, 1975–96, being Chief Executive, 1986–93 and Chairman, 1987–96.

He was chairman of the Board of Trustees, Prince's Youth Business Trust, 1990–94 and of the Prince's Trust Council, 1995-98. He was a member of the Board of Management of the Conservative Party, 1993-98. He has been a governor of LSE since 1989 and Chancellor, Middlesex University since 2000.

He received a knighthood in 1990 Birthday Honours,[2] having the accolade conferred by The Queen on 4 December 1990.[3] He was created a life peer[1] as Baron Sheppard of Didgemere, of Roydon in the County of Essex on 6 September 1994,[4] and was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the 1998 New Year Honours.[5]

From 1996 to 2003 he was non-executive Chairman of GB Railways Group Plc, a train company listed on the Alternative Investment Market which operated the Anglia Railways franchise, and which launched GB Railfreight and Hull Trains.


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