Jonathan Marland, Baron Marland

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The Lord Marland of Odstock
Chairman of Commonwealth Business Council
  1 January 2014 
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The Lord Marland of Odstock
Chairman of Commonwealth Business Council
  1 January 2014 

Jonathan Peter Marland, Baron Marland (born 14 August 1956) is a British businessman and entrepreneur, former Prime Minister's Trade Envoy, Minister for Energy and Climate Change and Business, Innovation and Skills and Treasurer of the Conservative Party. He was awarded a life peerage on 8 June 2006 as Baron Marland, of Odstock in the County of Wiltshire.[1]


Marland was educated at Shrewsbury School, an independent school for boys (now co-educational) in the county town of Shrewsbury in Shropshire.

He is married to Penny, a probation officer, and they have four children.[2]

Business career[edit]

Marland was one of the founding directors of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc,[3] a multinational insurance business. He led the acquisitions of Hunter Wellington Boots, Insurance Capital Partners, Jubilee Holdings Ltd and The Cricketer magazine.

Political career[edit]

Party and parliamentary roles[edit]

In 2003, Marland was appointed as Treasurer to the Conservative Party, fulfilling the role until 2007, and subsequently became a key part of the team which saw the election of Boris Johnson as Mayor of London.

A Conservative, Marland was the Parliamentary Candidate for the target seat of Somerton and Frome at the General Election 2001, coming second to the incumbent Liberal Democrat MP, David Heath.

Opposition posts[edit]

In 2009, Marland was made an opposition Whip in the House of Lords, as well as an opposition spokesman for the Cabinet Office, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Government post[edit]

In 2010, Marland was made Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change,[4] serving on Her Majesty's Government frontbench.

In May 2011 he was appointed as the Chairman of the British Business Ambassadors by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)[5]

In 2012, Marland was made Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Intellectual property in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He was reported as being set to resign by the Telegraph on 8 January 2013.Telegraph

In 2013 he was made the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy.

Political and business interests[edit]

There is an extensive list of Marland's political and business interests in the UK Parliament website.[6]

Other interests[edit]

Away from business and politics, Marland has interests in the arts and sport.

He is the Chairman of The Churchill Centre UK, Chairman of Tickets for Troops and a Trustee of The Guggenheim UK Charitable Trust.

He was formerly Chairman of The Sports Nexus Trust and Harnham Water Meadows Trust. He was President of Salisbury City F.C., and is a member of the MCC. In January 2009 he challenged Giles Clarke for the chairmanship of the ECB. He failed, despite having pledged to raise a £100m capital fund for development across all 18 counties if elected as chairman.[7]



Arms of Jonathan Marland, Baron Marland
Coronet of a Baron
A Lion sejant erect Or gorged with a plain Collar attached thereto a Line terminating in a ring Sable and holding between the forefeet a Bobbin also Sable the Yarn Or
Azure on each of three Bars wavy Or two Martlets respectant Sable
On either side a Labrador Sable gorged with a plain Collar Or and holding in the interior forepaw three Bulrushes Sable slipped and leaved Or
The Arms are a variation on those hitherto borne by the family without proper authority. Black labradors have been increasingly popular in heraldry; and in this instance they are shown holding bullrushes as the grantee is Chairman of a marshland environmental project. The bobbin in the Crest refers to the grantee's wife Penelope. The classical Penelope was associated with weaving a winding sheet during the absence of her husband Odysseus.