Sir John Vincent 'Vince' Cable
Former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
Sir John Vincent ‘Vince’ Cable was educated at Nunthorpe Grammar School York and Fitzwilliam College Cambridge where he took a degree in economics before a PhD at Glasgow, where he also lectured for a number of years. He worked as an overseas economist in Africa and in Commonwealth economics before being appointed as Chief Economist, Royal Dutch Shell.
He was elected MP for Twickenham from 1997 to 2015. During this period he was the Liberal Democrat Trade and Industry spokesperson before leading on the Treasury. He was appointed Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the 2010 coalition government, where he took a keen interest in matters of corporate governance and behaviour.