Matthew Evans, Baron Evans of Temple Guiting
|The Lord Evans of Temple Guiting|
|Born||7 August 1941|
|Died||6 July 2016(aged 74)|
|Alma mater||London School of Economics|
|Occupation||Politician, book publisher|
|Political party||Labour Party|
(1966－1991, 2 sons)
(?－2010, 3 children)
Background and career
The son of George Ewart Evans and Florence Ellen Knappett, Matthew Evans was educated at Friends' School, Saffron Walden, Essex, and graduated from the London School of Economics with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics (B.Sc.Econ.). He initially worked as a bookseller before at the age of 23 joining the publisher Faber and Faber, where by the age of 30 he had risen to become the company's managing director (1971–73) and subsequently chairman. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 1990. Evans also served as a governor of the British Film Institute and in 1999 was appointed the first chairman of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.
In the 1998 Birthday Honours he was appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), and on 11 May 2000 was created a life peer as Baron Evans of Temple Guiting, of Temple Guiting in the County of Gloucestershire. In the House of Lords, he was a government whip from 2002 to 2007, and a spokesman for the Department for Constitutional Affairs from 2003. He has also served as a spokesman for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Treasury. He left the Government in October 2007 to join Swiss Bank EFG International.
He married Elizabeth Mead in 1966 and after their divorce in 1991 was married to literary agent Caroline Michel, until 2010. He had two sons by his first wife, and two sons and a daughter by his second wife.
Evans died on the morning of 6 July 2016 after a long illness.
- "Matthew Evans, Baron Evans of Temple Guiting", The Peerage, p. 19124.
- "The Power Couples (Section 4); CAROLINE MICHEL & MATTHEW EVANS – Publishing's Golden Couple", The Evening Standard, 27 April 2007.
- Matthew Evans, "TS Eliot — Guru-in-chief", The Guardian, 6 June 2009.
- "Matthew Evans becomes first Chairman of new Museums, Libraries and Archives Council", Government News, 10 August 1999.
- "(Supplement) no. 55155". The London Gazette. 15 June 1998. p. 8.
- "no. 55850". The London Gazette. 17 May 2000. p. 5420.
- "Literary agents Caroline Michel and Michael Foster marry businesses", Daily Telegraph 19-05-2010.
- Richard Kay, "Novel split for literary couple", Mail Online, 4 February 2010.
- Mark Brown, "Publisher Matthew Evans, former Faber and Faber boss, dies aged 74 ", The Guardian, 6 July 2016.
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