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Appendix 4: Candidate’s CV

James Wharton (Lord Wharton of Yarm)



I have considerable experience in legal and government work. I was a Minister in two UK Government departments, and a Member of Parliament for 7 years. I now sit in the house of Lords. I have a comprehensive understanding of government affairs.

I chaired the UK office of global communications firm Hume Brophy and have a number of senior advisory/board advisory roles.


Hume Brophy Communications

Senior Adviser and Chairman UK, August 2017–September 2020

I led a team of consultants providing communications, corporate and government relations support to a wide range of clients across the private sector.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Minister for Africa, July 2016June 2017

I oversaw all DFID programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa, global funds contributions and related policy decisions. This included setting direction, assessment and signoff of business cases and managing relationships with other donor and donee countries.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, May 2015July 2016

I took the Cities and Local Government Act through Parliament and negotiated devolution deals with major cities and urban areas. I also oversaw European Regional Development Funding, Local Enterprise Partnerships and had responsibility for onshore minerals and renewables planning policy and decisions.

Member of Parliament

Conservative MP for Stockton South, May 2010June 2017


Company Law Team at BHP Law, September 2006May 2010

As a solicitor in the Company Law team I managed clients and set up, bought and sold companies on their behalf. I also worked on high value contract negotiations including with government departments.


College of Law (York) Legal Practice Course, 2005–2006

Durham University, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Law, 2002–2005

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