Lord O'Donnell

Lord O'Donnell

Full title

The Lord O'Donnell GCB


Augustine O'Donnell



Joined the Lords

10 January 2012

Contact details

House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 020 7219 5353
Fax: 020 7219 5979


Professional life

Job title Organisation Date
Non-Executive Director Brookfield Asset Management 2013-
Chairman Frontier Economics 2013-
Adviser to the CEO TD Bank 2012-
Senior Adviser Frontier Economics 2012-
UK Board Member IMF and World Bank 1997-98
Lecturer in Economics University of Glasgow 1975-79

Public life

Post Organisation Date
Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Civil Service 2005-11
Permanent Secretary HM Treasury 2005-

Member's focus

Business, industry and consumers
Culture, media and sport
Economy and finance
Energy and environment
Parliament, government and politics
Behaviour change

Register of Interests

  • 1: Directorships

    • Non-executive Director and Strategic Adviser, Brookfield Asset Management
  • 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

    • Strategic Adviser to the Chief Executive of Toronto Dominion Bank
    • Chairman, Frontier Economics
    • Senior Fellow, Civil Service College, Singapore
    • Fellow, Institute for Government
    • Chair, Commission on Wellbeing, Legatum Institute
    • Payments from BBC Public Services for broadcasts
    • Payments from News International for articles
    • Speaking engagement, 27 August 2014, Statoil Advisory Board
    • Speaking engagement, 11-13 September 2014, Pensions conference at Gleneagles arranged by JP Morgan; accommodation and fares paid for Member and wife
    • Paid Adviser to International Monetary Fund (IMF) on capability of Tunisian Central Bank, 24-26 September 2014; fee, expenses, accommodation and fares paid by IMF
  • 4: Shareholdings (b)

    • The Member holds a number of ISAs, some of which are sector-specific investments (Euros, property), which collectively exceed the registration threshold
    • Brookfield Asset Management
  • 6: Sponsorship

    • Associate of Wellbeing programme, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics; provides some finance to support my work on wellbeing
  • 7: Overseas visits

    • Visit to Australia with wife, 7-17 November 2014, for lecture tour sponsored by Telstra, Deloittes and Cisco; fee, fares and accommodation paid by sponsors
    • Visit to Singapore, 28-29 November 2014, to attend Global Governance Group forum event; no fee but accommodation cost met by Group
  • 10: Non-financial interests (a)

    • Interim Chair, What Works Centre on Wellbeing development group
  • 10: Non-financial interests (b)

    • Visiting Professor, University College, London
    • Visiting Professor, London School of Economics
    • Chair, Advisory Board, Behavioural Insight Issues, Cabinet Office
  • 10: Non-financial interests (e)

    • Trustee, The Tablet newspaper
    • Member, Economist Trust