Sir Hugh Robertson is Chairman of The British Olympic Association, having previously been Vice Chairman during the Rio 2016 Olympics when Team GB won a record medal haul. He is also Chairman of The Canterbury Cathedral Appeal, Chairman of the Sports Honours Committee, a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent and the lead independent trustee on The Chelsea Football Club Foundation. 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 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.