Sir Peter Luff joined the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund as Chair on 30 March 2015. He is also Chair of the Pub Governing Body and an advisor in the UK to L-3, a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions and a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems.
He was previously Member of Parliament for Worcester and then for Mid Worcestershire for 23 years. He served as chair of two select committees - Agriculture and Business Innovation & Skills - and as Defence Minister for Equipment, Support and Technology.
He is a long-standing campaigner for British engineering, with an emphasis on the need for increased diversity in the profession and for more young people to train as engineers and scientists.
Before standing down at the 2015 election, he was Commons Co-chair of the Speakers’ Advisory Committee on the 2015 Anniversaries (principally the Magna Carta 800th and the de Montfort Parliament 750th).
Peter has a strong interest in theatre and the performing arts. He has campaigned successfully for grants for students of dance and drama, reducing the burdens on touring circuses and safeguarding spectrum for radio microphones.
Before entering Parliament he ran the private office of Sir Edward Heath and was special advisor to Lord Young at DTI.
Professionally he was a public and corporate affairs consultant and managing director of his company. He is an honorary fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
For six years he was Chair of Worcester Cathedral Church Council and is a Vice President of the Severn Valley Railway and of the Worcester Birmingham and Droitwich Canals Society.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and his two heroes are Isambard Kingdom Brunel and William Shakespeare.
He was knighted in 2014 for political and public service.