27 April 2000
Lord Hurd of Westwell to chair international mediation service
Lord Hurd, The former Foreign Secretary and Chairman of British Invisibles, is to be appointed Chairman of CEDR (the Centre for Dispute Resolution) in November this year. He has a particular interest in the development of London as an international centre for mediation. Lord Hurd takes over from Sir Alex Jarratt who has been Chairman since CEDR was launched with CBI support in 1990.
CEDR, a non-profit commercial mediation service has helped win legal system support for mediation in civil cases. CEDR currently mediates over 50 major commercial cases each month - one-third of them international. CEDR's mediation training programme also stretches to 32 countries.
Professor Karl Mackie, CEDR's Chief Executive commented that: "CEDR benefited enormously from Sir Alex's guidance. He had the perfect background for an organisation breaking new ground in public and private sector dispute management. Following senior experience with the Civil Service, Sir Alex also brought hands-on experience of the corporate world having been Chairman of several leading organisations including Reed International and Smiths Industries."
Welcoming his successor, Sir Alex Jarratt commented: "I am delighted that Lord Hurd has agreed to take on the chair, especially at a time in CEDR's development when international work is becoming a key feature."
Lord Hurd provided the Foreword to a book by CEDR's Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Executive, Eileen Carroll and Karl Mackie - International Mediation: The Art of Business Diplomacy in which he commented: "Although the international business world now appears to be borrowing from the arts of the political diplomat, who knows - political diplomats may have something to learn in turn from the systematic and rigorous professionalism being applied to international business conflicts?"
"Lord Hurd," comments Karl Mackie, "is ideally placed by way of character and experience to take CEDR into its next ten years, particularly with the growing impact of mediation on international legal management and diplomatic techniques."
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CEDR (the Centre for Dispute Resolution) is internationally recognised as providing expert third party conflict management and unparalleled mediator training.
CEDR is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status. Its mission is to encourage cost effective dispute prevention and dispute resolution in commercial and public sector disputes and in civil litigation. CEDR operates in the UK and internationally and has been instrumental in helping to bring ADR into the heart of business practice and into the judicial system.
CEDR has managed over 3,000 mediation referrals covering every industry sector and a wide-ranging cross section of disputes and case values ranging from less than £5,000 to £1bn.
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The Rt Hon Lord Hurd Of Westwell CH CBE PC
Douglas Hurd was appointed Deputy Chairman of NatWest Markets and a main Board director of NatWest Group on 10 October 1995, retiring from the Board in April 1999. In early 1998 he became Deputy Chairman of Coutts & Co and Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Hawkpoint Partners Limited (the corporate advisory partnership owned by NatWest).
Lord Hurd, age 69, retired as Foreign Secretary in July 1995, after a distinguished career in Government spanning sixteen years.
After positions as Minister of State in the Foreign Office and the Home Office, he served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 1984 - 85, Home Secretary from 1985 - 89 and Foreign Secretary 1989 - 1995.
Educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, Lord Hurd obtained a first class degree in history and was President of the Cambridge Union in 1952. After joining the Diplomatic Service, he went on to serve at the Foreign office in Peking, New York (UN) and Rome. He ran Edward Heath's private office from 1968 - 70 and acted as his Political Secretary at 10 Downing Street from 1970 - 74. He was MP for Mid-Oxfordshire (later Witney) from 1974 to 1997. He was created a Life Peer in 1997.
Lord Hurd was appointed Chairman, British Invisibles in December 1997. He is Chairman of the Prison Reform Trust Charity. He was Chairman of the 1998 Booker Prize for Fiction. He became a Member of the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords in February 1999. In September 1999 he was appointed as the High Steward of Westminster Abbey.
Lord Hurd lives in Oxfordshire with his wife Judy and their son and daughter. He has three grown-up sons from his first marriage.
His other pursuits include writing, walking and reading. His latest books are The Search for Peace (with the 1997 BBC TV Series), The Shape of Ice (a novel, 1998) and Ten Minutes to Turn the Devil (a collection of short stories, 1999).
Sir Alex Jarratt
Sir Alex Jarratt C.B. D.L., was educated at the Royal Liberty Grammar School, Essex.
After war service in the Fleet Air Arm, Sir Alex attended the University of Birmingham, where he graduated with First Class Honours as a Bachelor of Commerce.
Sir Alex joined the Civil Service in 1949 as an Assistant Principal, and served in various departments, including the Ministry of Fuel and Power, the Treasury, the Cabinet Office, the National Board for Prices and Incomes and the Department of Employment and Productivity. He resigned from the Civil Service in 1970, by which time he was a Deputy Secretary, and entered industry as Managing Director of the International Publishing Corporation, subsequently becoming Chairman & Chief Executive. He was also appointed in 1970 to the board of the parent company, Reed International Limited. From 1974 to 1982, Sir Alex was Chairman and Chief Executive of Reed International. He relinquished the post of Chief Executive in October 1982, but remained as Chairman until August 1985. Between 1985 and 1991, he was Chairman of Smiths Industries plc and then continued as the senior Non-Executive Director until he retired in November 1996.
Amongst his other activities Sir Alex is Chancellor of the University of Birmingham and Chairman of CEDR (the Centre for Dispute Resolution). He is also involved in a number of charitable activities, including the Rank Prize Funds Trust, St. Francis Hospice, Haveringatte-Bower. He is President of the Mid-Essex Medical Academic Trust and is a Friend of the Royal College of Physicians.
Previous activities have included being Director of Goodyear (UK) Limited, Associated Communications Corporation, Imperial Chemical Industries PLC, Midland Bank (Deputy Chairman), Prudential Corporation (Deputy Chairman) and Thyssen Bornemisza; Member of the National Economic Development Council, Chairman of the CBI's Economic Policy and Employment Policy Committees; Chairman of the Industrial Society; Chairman of Henley Management College; President of the Advertising Association; Vice President of the Institute of Marketing; President of the Periodical Publishers Association.
Sir Alex was knighted in 1979 and awarded the Companion of the Bath in 1968. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Essex in 1995. He holds the following honorary degrees: D.Sc.(Cranfield), D.Univ.,(Brunel), LL.D., (Birmingham), D.Univ. (Essex). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Companion of the Institute of Management. He has the Hon. Insignia of the City and Guilds Institute, is an Hon. Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and is Hon. Vice President of the British Red Cross (Essex).
Sir Alex is married, with two daughters and a son, and lives in Fryerning in Essex.