Blog Type | July 2017

Fellowship Summer Update

In the absence of MP’s due to the recent election and Purdah period, Members of the House of Lords continue to make progress with their Fellowship Programmes. Highlights include Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE kicking off his Fellowship at Rolls-Royce, Lord Young of Norwood Green and Baroness Prosser OBE visiting Barbour and Lord Watts going behind the scenes at Time Warner. Read on to find out more:

On Friday 5 May, Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE visited the Rolls-Royce site in Derby as part of his Fellowship exploring digital innovation and new technologies. 

The visit explored how innovation and applications of new technology are being utilised within Rolls-Royce. In the morning, Lord Holmes was given a tour of the Technology Exhibition where he was able to learn more about next generation manufacturing techniques and technologies including the Trent XWB aero engine, the most efficient wide body aero engine. Lord Holmes was also provided with a valuable insight into the decision-making process of new technologies and what Rolls-Royce believes is the right balance of innovation, investment and risk to help improve the effectiveness of its development programmes. 

Lord Holmes said:

I enjoyed learning how Rolls-Royce focuses on innovation and the many ways in which technology is improving the environmental performance of engines. I also very much appreciated the opportunity to meet and talk to apprentices at the on-site Apprentice Academy.”

To find out more about Lord Holmes’ visit, click here.

On Wednesday 24 May Lord Young of Norwood Green visited the 3M head office in Bracknell as part of his Fellowship focusing on apprenticeships and manufacturing.

After receiving a briefing about the company’s organisation and operations, Lord Young spent time with 3M’s Lynette Blake and John Klee, to find out more about what 3M is doing to promote the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths to young people, especially within the local community. He was then taken on a tour of the Customer Innovation Centre where he was able to see first-hand an interactive range of 3M technology and the innovative solutions they produce.

Lord Young said:

The work that 3M does within its local communities to encourage and inspire young people to get involved with STEM subjects is excellent and I would like to thank everyone who made today’s visit such a success.

To find out more about Lord Young’s visit, click here.

On Wednesday 21 June Lord Young of Norwood Green and Baroness Prosser visited Barbour as part of their Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Fellowship programmes.

Barbour was established in South Shields in 1894 and is a 5th generation family owned business. Under the leadership of Chairman Dame Margaret Barbour, Barbour has grown into a lifestyle brand sold in over 40 countries worldwide. Lord Young and Baroness Prosser talked to Dame Margaret about the company’s evolution from a traditional British outdoor clothing company to a global fashion brand as well as the importance of heritage and family values to the business.

The visit was rounded off by a visit to the factory where Lord Young and Baroness Prosser saw the production line and met some of the staff who are highly skilled in making Barbour jackets. They also visited the Customer Service Team who specialise in repairing and rewaxing the traditional Barbour waxed jackets.

Dame Margaret Barbour, Chairman, J Barbour & Sons Ltd said:

It was a pleasure to host Lord Young and Baroness Prosser at Barbour today. They obviously have a passion for manufacturing and employment, and this was evident during the visit. It was a pleasure to show them round the factory and I hope they have found the visit helpful in their parliamentary roles.”

To find out more about their visit, click here.

On Tuesday 27 June Lord Watts visited Time Warner as part of his Fellowship exploring the culture and creative industries. 

Turner, a Time Warner company, has a portfolio of news, entertainment, kids and young adult and sports networks and businesses. Globally Turner operates brands including CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network and Boomerang. During his visit, Lord Watts was welcomed by Giorgio Stock, President of Turner EMEA, who gave him an overview of Turner EMEA’s rapidly evolving channels and content businesses. He also met with Aksel Van der Wal, EVP of the recently established Digital Ventures and Innovation group, to hear how the company is innovating in the digital space to maintain existing audiences and build new ones. To conclude, he visited the CNN London newsroom, CNN’s largest bureau outside of the US, and saw first-hand how CNN is innovating with new technology including drones and virtual reality.

Commenting on the visit Lord Watts said:

I thoroughly enjoyed the insight it provided into how a major international media company like Turner is investing in the UK and innovating with existing and new services, such as VR. It was also very helpful to gain a better understanding at first hand of potential issues arising from Brexit for the creative sector, in particular for international companies like Turner.

To find out more about Lord Watts visit, click here.

In Addition:

On Wednesday 16th June, the Rt Hon Baroness Prashar CBE received a follow up briefing on sustainability with Dr Dorothy Maxwell from House of Fraser (Head of Sustainability).

To see all parliamentarians currently engaged in Fellowships, click here. If you have any questions re the Fellowship scheme then please get in touch with Liz Dawson, Parliamentary Affairs Manager, on 020 7839 9405 or email 

In the meantime, we hope that you found our IPT General Election Blog Series Informative. We are looking forward to arranging Fellowship visits for the Class of 2017.