Lord John Sharkey has spent most of his commercial life in communications businesses. He was joint managing director of Saatchi and Saatchi UK, founded and ran his own advertising agency and was chair of various other communications and recruitment enterprises. He became strategic communications advisor to Nick Clegg in 2007 and was chair of the party’s general election campaign in 2010. He is a trustee of the Hansard Society, a governor of the Institute for Government, a founding director of the New City Agenda think-tank and chair of the Association of Medical Research Charities. He is a member of the House of Lords, where he sits on the Economic Affairs Select Committee and the Information Committee. He is the Liberal Democrat spokesperson in the House of Lords on Personal Finance.