Lord Smith of Finsbury

Lord Smith of Finsbury

Full title

The Rt Hon. the Lord Smith of Finsbury


Christopher Smith



Joined the Lords

22 June 2005

Contact details

House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 0207 219 5119


UK Parliament

Post Date
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 1997-01
Secretary of State for National Heritage 1997-97
Shadow Secretary of State 1996-97
Shadow Secretary of State 1995-96
Shadow Secretary of State 1994-95
Shadow Secretary of State 1992-94
Committee House Date
Environment Commons 1983-87
Constituency Date
Islington South & Finsbury 1983-05

Political life – other

Job title Organisation Date
Member Committee on Standards in Public Life 2001-04
Secretary of State Culture, Media and Sport 1997-01
Shadow Cabinet Labour Party 1992-97
MP Islington South and Finsbury 1983-05
Councillor Islington Borough Council 1978-83

Professional life

Job title Organisation Date
Chairman Environment Agency 2008-
Board Member Phonographic Performance LTD (PPL) 2007-
Chairman Advertising Standards Authority 2007-
Visiting Professor University of Arts, London 2005-
Founding Director Clore Leadership Programme 2003-08
Housing Development Officer Shaftesbury Housing Association Society for Cooperative Dwellings 1977-83

Public life

Post Organisation Date
Board Member The Sixteen 2013-
Chairman Film Policy Review 2011-12
Honorary Fellow Pembroke College, Cambridge 2004-
Chairman Wordsworth Trust 2003-
Chairman Donmar Warehouse Theatre 2003-

Member's focus

Agriculture, animals, food and rural affairs
Culture, media and sport
Energy and environment
International affairs
Parliament, government and politics
Highlands and Islands of Scotland
New Zealand
United States

Register of Interests

  • 1: Directorships

    • Non-executive Board Member, PPL (Phonographic Performance Ltd: Music Performers' Rights Collecting Society)
    • Non-executive Director, Zamyn (international cultural organisation; not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee)
    • Non-Executive Director, Spencer Ogden Ltd (global energy recruitment)
  • 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

    • Chairman, Advertising Standards Authority
    • Joint author of book "Suicide of the West"; royalties
    • Chairman of the Task Force on Shale Gas
  • 5: Land and property

    • A residential property in North-west Scotland
  • 7: Overseas visits

    • Visit to Chicago and St Louis, 8-12 September 2014, as part of a small parliamentary delegation funded by the British American Parliamentary Group from funds from sponsors previously declared (see register of All-Party Groups)
    • Visit to Athens, 17-19 October 2014, to speak at a conference on the creative industries; travel and accommodation organised by and paid for by Greek charitable foundation, ELPIS
  • 10: Non-financial interests (c)

    • Chairman, Wordsworth Trust
    • Chairman, Donmar Warehouse Theatre
    • Member, Advisory Council, London Symphony Orchestra
    • Trustee, The Sixteen (the Harry Christophers Choir)
    • Chairman, The Art Fund
    • Member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Clore Leadership Programme
  • 10: Non-financial interests (d)

    • Vice President, Christian Socialist Movement