The Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine Chairman Haymarket

Michael Ray Dibdin Heseltine was born in 1933. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he read politics, philosophy and economics.

Until the late 1960s, Michael helped to create the Haymarket Media Group, which is now one of the largest independent magazine companies in the country with extensive interests overseas. He rejoined the Board of Directors on leaving Government in 1997, and became chairman in March 1999 on the retirement of Lindsay Masters.

His first book, Where There’s a Will, was published in March 1987 and his second, The Challenge of Europe: Can Britain Win?, in May 1989. His political autobiography, Life in the Jungle, appeared in September 2000.

Among other awards, he has been presented with the Publicity Club of London Cup (2005), National Business Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award (2005), and the PPA Marcus Morris Award, which recognises an exceptional career and outstanding contribution to the UK magazine industry (2003).

He is also a Fellow of the 48 Group Club, in recognition of outstanding contribution to relations with China (2003), Gold Medallist of the Institute of Sheet Metal Engineering (1999) and the Institute of Public Relations’ Presidents Medal (1998). He was made Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1991.

Lord Heseltine is also an enthusiastic gardener and has created an arboretum to house his collection of over 3000 different trees and shrubs.

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