The Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Pattie
Sir Geoffrey is currently the Senior Partner of Terrington Management, a government relations consultancy based in London. Sir Geoffrey has a military background, having served with the Queen's Royal Rifles (4th Royal Green Jackets TA) from 1959 to 1966. From January 1996, he was Honorary Colonel of the 4th Royal Green Jackets and since July 1999 Deputy Colonel Commandant (TA and Cadets) for the Royal Green Jackets until the formation of The Rifles on 1st February 2007.
Having entered the advertising industry in 1959, he became a Director of Collett Dickenson Pearce, one of the country's leading advertising agencies, from 1966 to 1979 and was Managing Director from 1969 to 1972. He was elected Member of Parliament for Chertsey and Walton from February 1974 until April 1997.
In May 1979, he was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence (RAF) then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence Procurement, and from January 1983 until September 1984, Minister of State for Defence Procurement.
He was then Minister of State for Industry, responsible for information technology, civil aviation, space, biotechnology and advanced research until June 1987. In that capacity, he carried through the privatisation of British Telecom in November 1984. In January 1987 he was made a Privy Counsellor and in the same year he was knighted.