Jonathan Marland, Baron Marland
|The Lord Marland of Odstock|
|Chairman of Commonwealth Business Council
1 January 2014
Jonathan Peter Marland, Baron Marland (born 14 August 1956) is a British businessman and entrepreneur, former Prime Minister's Trade Envoy, Minister for Energy and Climate Change and Business, Innovation and Skills and Treasurer of the Conservative Party. He was awarded a life peerage on 8 June 2006 as Baron Marland, of Odstock in the County of Wiltshire.
Marland was educated at Shrewsbury School, an independent school for boys (now co-educational) in the county town of Shrewsbury in Shropshire.
He is married to Penny, a probation officer, and they have four children.
Marland was one of the founding directors of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc, a multinational insurance business. He led the acquisitions or investment of Janspeed Ltd, Hunter Wellington Boots, Insurance Capital Partners, Jubilee Holdings Ltd, WH Ireland Ltd, The Cricketer magazine, Tamara Mellon LLC, Tricouni Brand Ltd and AAA Reputation Management Ltd.
In 2014 he became Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council.
In 2010, Marland was made a Minister at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, serving on Her Majesty's Government frontbench.
In May 2011 he was appointed as the Chairman of the British Business Ambassadors by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)
In 2012, Marland was made a Minister for Intellectual property in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
He was the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy between 2013 - 2014.
Party and parliamentary roles
In 2003, Marland was appointed as Treasurer to the Conservative Party, fulfilling the role until 2007, and subsequently became a key part of the team which saw the election of Boris Johnson as Mayor of London.
In 2009, Marland was made an opposition Whip in the House of Lords, as well as an opposition spokesman for the Cabinet Office, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Political and business interests
There is an extensive list of Marland's political and business interests in the UK Parliament website.
Away from business and politics, Marland has interests in the arts and sport.
He is the Chairman of The Churchill Centre UK, Chairman of Tickets for Troops, a Trustee of The Guggenheim UK Charitable Trust and Atlantic Partnership, President of The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir, a Patron of Salisbury and South Wiltshire Cricket and Hockey Club and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He was formerly Chairman of The Sports Nexus Trust and Harnham Water Meadows Trust. He was President of Salisbury City F.C., and is a member of the MCC. In January 2009 he challenged Giles Clarke for the chairmanship of the ECB. He failed, despite having pledged to raise a £100m capital fund for development across all 18 counties if elected as chairman.
- Mr Jonathan Marland (1956–2006)
- The Rt Hon The Lord Marland (2006- )
- The London Gazette: . 26 June 2006.
- "True blue Tories celebrate". This is Wiltshire.
- Jardine Lloyd Thomson plc official website.
- Media Release: Department of Energy and Climate Change.
- The Daily Telegraph: Lord Marland hired to boost trade and investment
- UK Parliament website: Lord Marland biographical entry
- BBC report of challenge.