Lord (James) Arbuthnot is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Thales (UK) and of Neuro-Bio Ltd, a director of SC Strategy Ltd and Gusbourne Estates 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. James has a son and three daughters.
His wife Emma is the Senior District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) – or Chief Magistrate – of England and Wales.