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James Arbuthnot

The Rt. Hon Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom
  • Former UK Minister of State for Defence Procurement, and Chief Whip
  • Former chairman of Neuro-Bio Ltd and director of SC Strategy Ltd, Gusbourne Estates Ltd, and Astutus Strategy Ltd
  • Uses vast experience to speak on topics related to politics, defence, and cyber security
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Cyber SecurityNational SecurityPoliticsPolitical Leaders

Lord (James) Arbuthnot is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Thales (UK) and of Neuro-Bio Ltd, a director of SC Strategy Ltd , Gusbourne Estates Ltd, Astutus Strategy Ltd and an adviser to Babcock International, Pure Storage and other companies. He has a long history of involvement at the top of UK defence and political life, having been a Conservative MP for 28 years, Minister of State for Defence Procurement (1995-7), Conservative Chief Whip (1997-2001), and Chairman of the Defence Select Committee (2005-2014) and is a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute.

James served as a member of Her Majesty’s Government under Prime Minister John Major, acting as Government Whip (1992-1994), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Social Security (1994-1995) and Minister of State for Defence Procurement (1995-1997). He spent four years as opposition Chief Whip from 1997-2001. He became a Life Peer in October 2015.

James Arbuthnot is the Chairman of the advisory board of Thales UK, the defence and technology company. He is Chairman of Neuro-Bio Ltd, a UK company doing ground-breaking research in the field of Alzeheimer’s Disease. James also serves as Non-Executive Director of Gusbourne Estates. Started in 2004, its wine is growing into a globally recognised brand. In September 2015 James Arbuthnot joined Lord Carlile CBE, QC and Sir John Scarlett KCMG, OBE (former head of SIS/MI6) first as an advisor, then as a Director, of SC Strategy Ltd. in September 2015. From 2017 James joined the Advisory Board of IRM Ltd, a Cheltenham-based cyber security company.

James has a son and three daughters. His wife Emma is the Senior District Judge (Magistrates' Courts) - or Chief Magistrate - of England and Wales.

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