International Adviser, Asia and United Kingdom
Lord Griffiths taught at the School of Economics from 1965 to1976. He
was appointed professor of Banking and International Finance at the City University in 1976 and was dean of the City University Business School from 1982 to1985. Lord Griffiths was a director of the Bank of England from 1983 to 1985.
Lord Griffiths served at No. 10 Downing Street as head of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit from 1985 to 1990. As special advisor to Margaret Thatcher, he was responsible for domestic policy-making and was a chief architect of the government’s privatisation and deregulation programmes.
Since then, Lord Griffiths has been vice chairman of Goldman Sachs International and an international advisor to Goldman Sachs concerned with strategic issues relating to private equity and United Kingdom and Asian operations, business development activities worldwide. He is chairman of the European Middle East and Africa Audit Business Practice and Compliance Committee. He is a non-executive director of Times Newspaper Holdings Ltd. and Herman Miller Inc., and was on the boards of ServiceMaster, and the English, Welsh and Scottish Railway and Chairman of Land Securities Trillium. He was chairman of Westminster Health Care from 1999 to 2002.
He has also been chairman of the School Examination and Assessment Council and the Centre for Policy Studies. He has been a member of various Select Committees in the House of Lords and is at present a member of the Select Committee on Economic Affairs.
Lord Griffiths is chairman of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lambeth Fund and Christian Responsibility in Public Affairs. He has written and lectured extensively on economic issues and the relationship of the Christian faith to politics and business, and has published various books on monetary policy and Christian ethics.
Born in Fforestfach, Swansea in 1941, Lord Griffiths was educated at Dynevor Grammar School and the London School of Economics.