The Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham CH

Founder and chairman, Young Associates

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The Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham CH (David) has had a varied and distinguished career after graduating from University College London.

After practicing as a solicitor for a year, he entered the world of business, founding the first of many enterprises in 1961.

In 1979 he joined the government, leading on programmes to alleviate youth and adult unemployment. He entered the cabinet in 1984, later becoming secretary of state for employment and then trade and industry until 1989 when he returned to private life.

In 1990 he became executive chairman of Cable & Wireless PLC until 1995 when he retired and founded Young Associates; where he remains as chairman.

In 2010, Lord Young was appointed advisor to the prime minister on enterprise and served for the whole of the coalition parliament in No 10. – publishing a number of reviews on the relationship between government and small firms and enterprise and education.

In the 2015 New Year Honours List he was appointed a Companion of Honour.

Lord Young is married with two children, six grandchildren and is an avid photographer whose work has been featured in a number of exhibitions.

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