Patience Wheatcroft, Baroness Wheatcroft

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The Baroness Wheatcroft
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Personal details
Born (1951-09-28) 28 September 1951 (age 67)
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
Political partyConservative
Alma materUniversity of Birmingham

Patience Jane Wheatcroft, Baroness Wheatcroft (born 28 September 1951) is a British journalist and Conservative life peeress, who was editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal Europe.[1] She left this role upon becoming a peer.[2][3]

She previously served as editor of The Sunday Telegraph newspaper. She resigned from this post in September 2007 after eighteen months in the job and temporarily moved out of journalism.[4]


Wheatcroft was educated at Wolverhampton Girls' High School and Birmingham University (LLB, Law, 1972).[5] Wheatcroft and her husband, Tony Salter, launched the specialist trade magazine Retail Week in 1988, and Wheatcroft served as its consultant editor until 1992.[6]

Wheatcroft has worked on several national newspapers including the Daily Mail, The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph. After serving as Deputy City Editor of The Mail on Sunday, Wheatcroft was appointed Business and City Editor of The Times in 1997, and then as editor of The Sunday Telegraph in March 2006.

In 2001 she won the Wincott Senior Journalist of the Year Award, and in 2003 was London Press Club Business Journalist of the Year.

On 4 September 2007, she resigned as editor of The Sunday Telegraph being replaced by Ian MacGregor, who until then had been deputy editor of the Daily Telegraph. Reports stated that Wheatcroft was under pressure to integrate the Sunday paper's reporters with the daily newspaper's 24/7 operation.[7]


From 1 January 2008 until 2009, Wheatcroft served as a non-executive director of Barclays plc.[8]

From 27 February 2008 until 2009, Wheatcroft served as a non-executive director of Shaftesbury plc,[9] a British property investment company with assets in central London.

On 8 May 2008 she was appointed head of the newly created Forensic Audit Panel by the incoming Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The panel is tasked with monitoring and investigating financial management at the London Development Agency and the Greater London Authority.[10]

On 30 July 2010, The Prime Minister appointed her to the board of the British Museum.[11]

On 22 December 2010, Wheatcroft was created a life peer as Baroness Wheatcroft, "of Blackheath in the London Borough of Greenwich".[12] She sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative, having been a lifelong supporter of the party.[13][14]

In October 2014, Wheatcroft became a non-executive board member of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Wheatcroft is married with three children. Her publisher husband Tony was a Conservative campaigner working in the London boroughs of Woolwich and Lewisham.[15]


  1. ^ "Patience Wheatcroft to head Wall Street Journal Europe" Archived 16 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Press Gazette, 17 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Patience Wheatcroft to leave Wall Street Journal" Archived 2 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ WSJ Europe brings in Tracy Corrigan for editor role Archived 28 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Wheatcroft quits journalism" Archived 27 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine, The Guardian, 13 December 2007.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 May 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Dominic Ponsford and Zoe Smith "Will Telegraph Group find that Patience is a virtue?", Archived 12 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine Press Gazette, 10 March 2006. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
  7. ^ Kiss, Jemima (4 September 2007). "Wheatcroft quits Sunday Telegraph". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 16 May 2008.
  8. ^ Biography of Patience Wheatcroft on Retrieved 23 June 2008[dead link]
  9. ^ Announcement of Patience Wheatcroft's appointment from Hemscott Archived 22 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 27 November 2008
  10. ^ "Mayor of London announces new Forensic Audit Panel to investigate GLA and LDA". Greater London Authority. 8 May 2008. Archived from the original on 18 May 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2008.
  11. ^ "Patience Wheatcroft appointed to the board of the British Museum". 30 July 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  12. ^ "No. 59644". The London Gazette. 24 December 2010. p. 24689.
  13. ^ "Latest Peerages announced". 19 November 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  14. ^ "New Members of the Lords announced – News from Parliament – UK Parliament". Parliament of the United Kingdom. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  15. ^ "87. Patience Wheatcroft". The Guardian. 17 July 2006. Retrieved 30 September 2007.
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Preceded by
Sarah Sands
Editor of The Sunday Telegraph
Succeeded by
Ian MacGregor