Peter Mond, 4th Baron Melchett
Peter Robert Henry Mond, 4th Baron Melchett (born 24 February 1948), son of the British Steel Corporation Chairman Sir Julian Mond and Sonia Melchett (now Sinclair), was educated at Eton and Cambridge, where he read Law. He went on to take an MA in Criminology at Keele University, and later researched cannabis addiction at the London School of Economics.
Lord Melchett succeeded to his titles in 1973 upon the death of his father. When Labour won re-election in October 1974, he was made a Lord-in-Waiting (House of Lords whip) by Harold Wilson. In 1975 he was made a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department of Industry. When James Callaghan came to office in 1976 he moved to become Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office.
Announcing himself sick of the 'lying game' of Westminster politics, Melchett withdrew, working first for the Ramblers' Association in 1984, before being appointed Executive Director of Greenpeace UK in 1989.
Himself the owner of an 890 acre (360 hectares) farm, Lord Melchett was arrested in 1999 when he was present at an environmental protest against a genetically modified crop trial, at which crops were destroyed by campaigners. Melchett spent a night in Norwich Prison before being released on bail. The case came to court in 2000 when Melchett, and his 27 co-defendants, were unanimously acquitted of Criminal Damage. In the same year, he retired as Greenpeace's Executive Director, but remained on the organisation's board.
Melchett severed his ties with Greenpeace in 2002 when he took up a part-time consultancy with industry PR company Burson-Marsteller. Burson-Marsteller had formerly been PR consultants for Monsanto Company, and it was alleged at the time that Lord Melchett had stood down from Greenpeace's Board following accusation that his employment with Burson-Marsteller compromised his integrity. He has been Policy Director at the Soil Association since 2002.
Melchett is a patron of Prisoners Abroad a registered charity which supports British citizens who are imprisoned overseas.
- BBC News: Melchett forced off Greenpeace board 12 January 2002
- Greenpeace: Peter Melchett 18 January 2002
- British Government Ministers, 1970-2009
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