The Rt.Hon.Lord Howell of Guildford (David Arthur Russell Howell) was born January 18th 1936 in London. He is married (to Davina Wallace, 1967) and has two daughters and one son.
Lord Howell is currently Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with special responsibilities for the Commonwealth and for international energy issues.
He was until recently Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party in the Lords and Chief Opposition Spokesman in the House of Lords on Foreign Affairs. He was formerly Secretary of State for Energy and for Transport in Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet and was for ten years Chairman of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee (1987-97). He served as a Member of Parliament for Guildford from 1966 to 1997, is a Privy Counsellor, and was created a peer in 1997.
Lord Howell has been a journalist, banker - Advisory Director of UBS - and consultant to several companies and funds in the UK, Japan and the Middle East. He was for many years a regular columnist for The Japan Times and contributor to the International Herald Tribune. He is the author of numerous pamphlets and several books on energy, politics, innovation and the internet - including 'Blind Victory (Hamish Hamilton 1986), 'The Edge of Now' (Macmillan 2001) and 'Out of the Energy Labyrinth' (jointly with Dr. Carole Nakhle, I.B.Tauris 2007).
In 2001 he was awarded by the Emperor of Japan the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure, for services to Japan- UK relations. He is President of the British Institute of Energy Economists and Honorary Chairman of the Windsor Energy Group.