Baroness Bottomley

Baroness Bottomley held several Ministerial positions in the British Government under Baroness Margaret Thatcher and Sir John Major, including her role as the Cabinet Minister responsible for Health and subsequently for National Heritage (now Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport). In 2005 she was appointed a Life Peer in the House of Lords.

Virginia joined Odgers Berndtson in 2000 and chairs the Odgers Berndtson Board Practice. She is an NED on health companies BUPA and Smith & Nephew. Virginia is a former member of the Supervisory Board of Dutch coatings and chemicals company AkzoNobel.

As part of her pro-bono activities Virginia is a Trustee of The Economist Newspaper, Chancellor of the University of Hull and a Governor of the London School of Economics. She is a member of the UK Advisory Council of the International Chamber of Commerce and is a former Vice-Chairman of the British Council.

Following her first degree, Virginia gained her MSc in Social Administration from the London School of Economics. Virginia is married to Sir Peter Bottomley MP who has been in the House of Commons for 35 years.

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Meet the Board

The Conservative Foundation was launched in March 2009. The Foundation’s task is to build an endowment fund to underpin the finances of our Party in the long term, and is asking supporters to leave the Foundation a gift in their wills.

The purpose of the endowment is to pass only investment income to the Party. The capital raised by the Foundation is ring-fenced and protected, and so benefactors can take comfort that their contribution of capital will remain forever for the benefit of the Party and future generations of Conservative supporters.

The Foundation is supporting the Conservative Candidate Bursary Scheme, a £250,000 fund set up financially to support Conservative parliamentary candidates for this Parliament, with at least the same amount available in future parliaments. This scheme will be means-tested and will support candidates who otherwise could not afford to fund their campaigns. The scheme will make sure that financial means are not a barrier to standing for Parliament, meaning our Party can become more representative of the people that it serves.

Your support for the Foundation will ensure that core Conservative values, and the freedoms and traditions at the heart of British life, can be championed by future generations.

Meet the Board

Michael Spencer (Chairman)Mark BamfordBaroness Bottomley
Sir Patrick McLoughlinLord FinkLord Saatchi
Lord ChadlingtonSir David OrdLord Farmer

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