Lord Donald Foster

Until his election to the House of Commons in 1992, Don Foster was a teacher, university lecturer (when he established links between the universities of Bristol and Zambia) and a public sector consultant. He had also served as a County Councillor and Chairman of the County’s Education Committee.

During 23 years in the Commons, as well as being his party’s spokesman on, successively, education, transport, local government, and culture, media and sport, Don served on two Select Committees, was a member of the Olympic and Paralympic Board, a Minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government and, most recently, Liberal Democrat Chief Whip and Government Deputy Chief Whip. In this role as a Government Business Manager he attended Cabinet and several Cabinet and Government Committees.

Don became a Privy Councillor in 2011 and in 2015 was elevated to the House of Lords.

As an active supporter of WaterAid, Don has seen their work first hand and successfully persuaded the Government to focus more Aid support on water and sanitation. Don has served on the Board of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and worked on parliamentary strengthening and democracy building projects in several countries especially in Africa.

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