Lord Hollick is Chairman of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee and the Prime Minister's trade and investment envoy to Kenya and Tanzania. He is a non-executive director of Honeywell International and a Partner of GP Bullhound, the technology investment bank and a member of the advisory boards of Jefferies Inc, Bertelsmann, Market Share, The Royal Society and The Ambassador Theatre Group. Lord Hollick began his career as a merchant banker with Hambros and from 1974 to 2005 as CEO built up an international publishing, information, broadcasting and market research group (United News and Media) and a global money and securities inter dealer broking business (ICAP). He was Chairman of the Southbank Centre leading the £120m transformation of the Royal Festival Hall and its surroundings. He founded the IPPR think-tank in 1986. He became a member of the House of Lords in 1991. He has advised several Labour Party leaders, including Prime Minister Tony Blair and acted as a Special Advisor at the DTI in 1997 and 1998.