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Lady Cobham is Director General of The 5% Club, founded 4 years ago by Leo Quinn, CEO of Balfour Beatty.  The members aspire to have 5% of their workforce in apprenticeships or graduate training schemes within 5 years.  She took up the appointment in spring 2017 as she completed 8 years as Chairman of VisitEngland, the national tourist board.

For 20 years she opened to the public her Grade I Georgian home, Hagley Hall, and developed a flourishing functions business.  She was Executive Chairman of the British Casino Association for 9 years, taking the industry through the passage of the 2005 Gambling Act.  Until 2007 she was Chairman of Heart Radio in the Midlands and sat on the board of Heart London and for the last 6 years had been Deputy Chairman of Pagefield Communications.  She has been an adviser to Ernst & Young, City Private Bank and Park Resorts and sat on the Linley Advisory Board.

In the public sector, inter alia, she has served on the boards of Historic Royal Palaces, the Victoria & Albert Museum, English Heritage, British Waterways and worked as a Special Adviser to the Culture Secretary.  She chairs the Museum Prize Trust and sits on the board of the Historic Houses Association.  She was awarded a CBE in 2014 for services to Tourism.

Lady Cobham chairs the SBT Development Board.

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