Charles Powell

Charles Powell | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Charles Powell | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Private Secretary And Foreign Policy Advisor
Gain valuable insights into foreign policy and business strategy with Charles David Powell, Baron Powell of Bayswater, speaker and former foreign policy advisor to Margaret Thatcher.
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Charles David Powell, Baron Powell of Bayswater, is a British diplomat and businessman. He served as a foreign policy advisor to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher from 1983 to 1990. Powell was educated at the Cathedral Choir School, Canterbury; King's School, Canterbury; and New College, Oxford, where he graduated with first-class honors in Modern History.

Beginning his career in the Foreign Office in 1963, Powell held various diplomatic posts in Helsinki, London, Washington, D.C., Bonn, and Brussels. From 1983 to 1990, he served as Private Secretary to Thatcher at 10 Downing Street, playing a significant role in shaping her foreign policy.

After leaving Downing Street, Powell continued to have an impact on British politics and business. He has served on the boards of Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Caterpillar Inc., Textron Corporation, Mandarin Oriental International Ltd, Hongkong Land Ltd, and Schindler Holding Ltd. Powell also chaired the international advisory board of Rolls-Royce and is a member of the advisory boards of Barrick Gold, Chubb Insurance, and Thales. He was chairman of both the China-Britain Business Council and the Singapore British Business Council for ten years, as well as chairman of the British Government's Asia Task Force.

In 2000, Powell was made a life peer in the House of Lords as Baron Powell of Bayswater. He currently sits as a crossbench life peer in the House of Lords and is a member of the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy. Powell is also involved in charitable work.

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