Baroness Patience Wheatcroft


Current position: Working peer and company director

Course: LLB, Law, 1972


This mentor may be of interest to students with an interest in journalism, economics or politics.


Former journalist and successful businesswoman, Baroness Wheatcroft graduated from the University of Birmingham with an LLB Law degree and went on to work on several national newspapers, most recently as the Editor-in-Chief at Wall Street Journal Europe. A prize winning reporter, winner of the Wincott Award for Senior Financial Journalism and London Press Club Business Journalist of the Year, Baroness Wheatcroft launched Retail Week, a specialist trade magazine in 1988, and is a former Business Editor of The Times and a former Sunday Telegraph Editor. She is a Conservative life peer, a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation and a member of the British Olympic Association Advisory Board. She is also on the Board of St James’s Place plc and Fiat Chrysler; a former member of the UK Advisory Board of Huawei Technologies and of the Strategic Council at Pelham Bell Pottinger and is a Trustee of the British Museum.

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