As Minister for the Olympics Hugh Robertson oversaw the day-to-day preparation and delivery of the entire 2012 Olympic and Paralympic project, for which he was knighted. He’s also served in the army, worked in the Foreign Office, and spent time in the City.
Hugh Robert has served as Minister of State in the Foreign Office, and was Minister for the Olympics, responsible for overseeing day-to-day preparation and the delivery of the entire Olympic and Paralympic project.
After university Hugh joined the military, serving as an officer in the Life Guards. He saw active service in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, the Gulf and Bosnia, where he oversaw the British contingent in Sarajevo during the siege of the city. After leaving the army he joined Schroeder’s Investment Management, working in the property division and as Assistant Director.
Hugh was then elected MP for Faversham and Mid-Kent, a constituency he would serve for over a decade. In Parliament he was a party Whip, and Shadow Sports and Olympic Minister. After the 2010 election he became Sports and Olympic Minster, overseeing preparation and execution of arguably the highest-profile and most complex public event the UK has ever hosted. After almost 12 years with the sports brief, Hugh moved to the Foreign Office.
Now the Chairman of the British Olympic Association, and with a career taking in military leadership, commerce, cross-party negotiations, dealing with private and public partners at home and abroad, Hugh has a wealth of stories and insight. Covering everything from the workings of politics to running complex organisations to the perils of working with Boris Johnson, he provides an entertaining and instructive analysis.
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