Sir Hugh Robertson has been the Chair of Camelot, the operator of the National Lottery, since 2018. During that time, the company has recorded three years of rising sales including record sales figures during the 2019/ 20 financial year. He is also Chair of the British Olympic Association, which returned its highest ever number of medals at a Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in 2018. He was previously Vice Chair during the Rio 2016 Olympics when Team GB won a record medal haul.
He is Chair of the Sports Honours Committee, the lead independent trustee on The Chelsea Football Club Foundation, a Trustee of Canterbury Cathedral, a member of The Gentlemen at Arms and a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent. He chaired the Rugby Football Union’s review into the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and is currently the Independent Chair of World Rugby’s Governance Review. From 2015 – 2017, after leaving Parliament, he was Vice Chairman of Falcon and Associates, a Dubai based strategic advisory group.
From 2013 – 14, he was The Minister of State at The Foreign Office responsible for The Middle East, North Africa and Counter Terrorism. He led the UK participation during John Kerry’s Middle East Peace initiative and the UK delegation to the Geneva Two Syria Peace talks. He also chaired The UK Gulf initiative, the G20 Arab League Initiative in Cairo in 2013 and individual bi - laterals with many Middle East and North African countries.
Previously, he was the Minister for Sport and the Olympics responsible for the delivery of London 2012, an event widely regarded as the finest Olympic and Paralympic Games of recent times. He oversaw all aspects of the budget, construction, operational management and legacy and was also Minister for Sport during an unprecedented period of British sporting success. This included securing the most ambitious ever programme of major sports events for this country and delivering the best ever funding package for Olympic sport through to Rio 2016 and beyond. He subsequently piloted The Equal Marriage Act through Parliament.
He was a Member of Parliament for a decade and a half during which he was the only Member of Parliament to double his majority at successive elections. He chaired the All Party Parliamentary UN Group, was a Trustee of The Westminster Foundation for Democracy and Treasurer of The Middle East Council.
Prior to entering Parliament, he was Head of New Business at the property division of Schroder Investment Management. He spent ten years in the army, as an officer in The Life Guards, winning the Armourers and Brasiers Prize as the top young officer on his course in 1986, The Sultan of Brunei’s Special Order of Merit in 1992 and commanding The Household Cavalry on the 1993 Queen’s Birthday Parade and The State Opening of Parliament. He saw active service as a platoon commander in Northern Ireland, with the UN in Cyprus, as Adjutant of one of the main battle tank regiments in the 1991 Gulf War and commanding the British detachment in Sarajevo during the siege of the city in 1994.
He was made a Privy Counsellor in 2012 and knighted in 2014 for his work on London 2012 and The Middle East. He also holds a distinguished Fellowship from Reading University, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bedfordshire, the Emeritus Award from the Sport and Recreation Alliance and was honoured by the International Paralympic Committee for his work during London 2012.
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Rt Hon Sir Hugh Robertson was appointed as the first independent Chair of Camelot in June 2018, since when the company has recorded three years of rising sales including record sales figures in the 2019/ 20 financial year. He is also Chair of the British Olympic Association, an organisation he helped lead to its largest ever medal hauls at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
He served in Parliament from 2001 - 2015, doubling his majority at both the 2005 and 2010 elections. He was a Minister for Sport and the Olympics during London 2012, an event widely described as the finest Olympic and Paralympic Games of modern times. He was subsequently Minister for the Middle East, North Africa and Counter Terrorism at The Foreign Office taking part in the Kerry Middle East Peace Process and the Geneva Peace talks as well as many other major international negotiations.
Prior to entering Parliament, he worked at Schroder Investment Management and served in the army, seeing active service in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, the first Gulf War and Bosnia. He was made a Privy Counsellor in 2012 and, subsequently, knighted for his work on London 2012 and in the Middle East.