Norman Blackwell served as Head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit under John Major from 1995-97, and was previously a member of Margaret Thatcher's Policy Unit in 1986 -87. After graduating from Cambridge with a first class degree in Natural Sciences, he went on to gain both an MBA and a Ph.D in Finance and Economics from the Wharton Business School and subsequently spent many years as a partner of McKinsey and Company.
Lord Blackwell now has a range of non-executive roles, including Chairman of Interserve Plc, Non-executive Director of Lloyds Banking Group Plc and a non-executive Board member of OFCOM. He was created a Life Peer in 1997, and served as Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies from 2000 -2009. For the centre, his publications have included 'A defining Moment - the future of Europe' (2003) and 'Look Back from the Future: A radical path for growth and prosperity in the 21st Century' (2011).