Fred Catherwood

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Sir Fred Catherwood
Fred and Elizabeth Catherwood 2012.JPG
Fred and Elizabeth Catherwood in 2012
Member of the European Parliament
for Cambridge and Bedfordshire North
In office
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byRobert Sturdy
Member of the European Parliament
for Cambridgeshire
In office
Preceded byParliament established
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Henry Frederick Ross Catherwood

(1925-01-30)30 January 1925
Castledawson, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Died30 November 2015(2015-11-30) (aged 90)
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Political partyConservative

Sir Henry Frederick Ross Catherwood (30 January 1925 – 30 November 2014) was a British politician and writer.

Early life and education[edit]

Catherwood was born at Castledawson, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and Clare College, Cambridge.


He was former Director General of the National Economic Development Council, Chief industrial Adviser at the Department of Economic Affairs (1964–66), President of the Evangelical Alliance and President of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) He was knighted in 1971. From 1972 -76 he was Chairman of the Institute of Management and Chairman of the British Overseas Trade Board (1975–79).

Catherwood was committed to economic co-operation within the European community for much of his professional life. He was elected as a Conservative member of the European Parliament for Cambridgeshire and related areas from 1979 until his retirement in 1994. He was Vice President of the European Parliament 1989-1992.

Personal life[edit]

He married Elizabeth, the daughter of Christian pastor and author Martyn Lloyd-Jones. They had two sons and a daughter. Their son Christopher Catherwood is an author. Their daughter, Bethan Marshall is a university lecturer and youngest son, Jonathan is Director of the Martyn Lloyd Jones Trust. He died in Cambridge, England on 30 November 2014 at the age of 89.[1][2][3]


Catherwood authored many books and hundreds of articles in a range of journals. He described the requirements of responsible management and good industrial relations. His books include:

  • The Christian in Industrial Society, 1964, rev. edn 1980 (On the Job, USA, 1983);
  • Britain with the Brakes Off, 1966;
  • The Christian Citizen, 1969;
  • A Better Way, 1976;
  • First Things First, 1979;
  • God’s Time God’s Money, 1987;
  • Pro Europe?, 1991;
  • David: Poet, Warrior, King, 1993;
  • At the Cutting Edge (memoirs), 1995;
  • Jobs & Justice, Homes & Hope, 1997;
  • It Can be Done, 2000;
  • The Creation of Wealth: Recovering a Christian Understanding of Money, Work, and Ethics, 2002

Obituaries and tributes[edit]

  • The Guardian obituary written by Stephen Bates.
  • The Times obituary
  • Fulcrum tribute, written by Elaine Storkey
  • IFESworld tribute, written by Penny Vinden.


  1. ^ "Christenpoliticus Sir Frederick Catherwood overleden". Reformatorisch Dagblad. 1 December 2014.
  2. ^ Bates, Stephen (3 December 2014). "Sir Fred Catherwood obituary". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Storkey, Elaine. "Sir Henry Frederick Ross Catherwood (1925-2014): A Tribute". Fulcrum.