The Rt Hon. John Gummer, Lord Deben served for sixteen years as a British minister in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, as Employment Minister, Paymaster General in HM Treasury, Minister for London and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, before moving in 1992 to the Department of the Environment. As Secretary of State for the Environment, the NGO community called him “the best Environment Secretary we ever had”. John went into government from business, where he had first been a publisher and then chairman of a medium sized public company, specializing in distribution and communication resources; in 1997 he returned to his business roots, founding Sancroft to advise companies on their corporate responsibility strategy. In addition to his role at Sancroft, John is also Chairman of the UK Government’s Committee on Climate Change.