Viscount Ridley

Viscount Ridley

Full title

The Viscount Ridley DL


Matthew Ridley



Joined the Lords

8 February 2013

Contact details


House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 020 7219 7763

External/Private Office

Private Office
Tel: 01670 789325

Web & Social media


UK Parliament

Committee House Date
Science and Technology Committee (L) Lords 2014-

Professional life

Job title Organisation Date
Columnist The Times 2010-
Columnist Wall Street Journal 2010-
Author The Rational Optimist 2010-
Author Francis Crick 2006-
Fellow Academy of Medical Sciences 2004-
Author Nature via Nurture 2003-
Author Genome 1999-
Fellow Royal Society of Literature 1999-
Author The Origins of Virtue 1996-
Author The Red Queen 1993-

Member's focus

Agriculture, animals, food and rural affairs
Business, industry and consumers
Energy and environment
Health services and medicine
Science and technology
North-East England

Register of Interests

  • 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

    • Regular articles for The Times (freelance)
    • Book royalties from HarperCollins
    • Occasional speaker via Chartwell Partners (for speaking engagements, see below)
    • Speaking engagement, 13 March 2014, Gartner Enterprise Information & Master Data Management Summit
    • Speaking engagement, 2 April 2014, K2 London: Infinite Innovation for Exponential Growth conference organised by Kenshoo, an online advertising business
    • Three speaking engagements in Canada, 15 – 18 June 2014, Curious Mind Productions Inc / Bon Mot Book Club, Canada
    • Speaking engagement, 22 October 2014, Crestone Capital LLC, by Video Link to USA
    • Speaking engagement, 15 November 2014, Travel Counsellors Ltd, Manchester Central Conference Centre
    • Speaking engagement, 19 November 2014, Alpha Sights, by Video Link to USA
    • Speaking engagement, 27 November 2014, Google UK Ltd Think 2015, Madrid
  • 4: Shareholdings (a)

    • Blagdon Farming Ltd
  • 4: Shareholdings (b)

    • Octopus Protected EIS Fund 7
    • Northern 2 VCT
    • Westminster Group plc (fire, safety, security and defence)
    • Rio Tinto plc (mining and mineral resources)
    • QuantumDX (medical devices company)
  • 5: Land and property

    • Blagdon and Blyth estates in Northumberland, with income from farming, forestry, commercial property, residential property, leisure, coal and clay mining
    • Land and fishing rights on the River Coquet at Felton, Northumberland
  • 8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality

    • The Member hosted an event in House of Lords for The Entrepreneurs Network; no remuneration; event was part sponsored by Octopus Investments (see category 4(b))
  • 10: Non-financial interests (a)

    • Director (unremunerated), Blagdon Farming Ltd
    • Director (unremunerated), Ridley Family Charity