Sarah Hogg, Viscountess Hailsham

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Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
3 February 1995
Life Peerage
Personal details
Sarah Elizabeth Mary Boyd-Carpenter

(1946-05-14) 14 May 1946 (age 72)
Political party Conservative (Before 1995)
Crossbench (1995–present)
Spouse(s) Douglas Hogg, 3rd Viscount Hailsham
Alma mater Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

Sarah Hogg, Baroness Hogg (born 14 May 1946), [1] through marriage the Viscountess Hailsham, is an English economist and journalist. She was the first woman to chair a FTSE 100 company.



She was born as Sarah Elizabeth Mary Boyd-Carpenter, her father being John Boyd-Carpenter, Baron Boyd-Carpenter, a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster-General. She attended the Roman Catholic girls' boarding school St Mary's School Ascot. Later she attended Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford where she read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). [2] While at Oxford University, she edited Cherwell , the student newspaper.

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Through her 1968 marriage to Member of Parliament Douglas Hogg, 3rd Viscount Hailsham, she is Viscountess Hailsham. However, following the granting of a life peerage in 1995, she is Baroness Hogg in her own right. [3]

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She was an economics editor for The Independent newspaper. She was also an early presenter of Channel 4 News , but her voice, with its uncertainty of pitch, was felt by many viewers to be a distraction. [4] At this time she portrayed Margaret Thatcher in a television docudrama of negotiations between the UK and Irish governments. [5]

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Hogg was the head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit for Sir John Major. [6] With Jonathan Hopkin Hill, she wrote about the Major years in her book Too Close to Call.

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In 1995, she was granted a life peerage and now sits as a crossbencher in the House of Lords as Baroness Hogg, of Kettlethorpe in the County of Lincolnshire. [7]

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As Chairman of 3i Group from 2002, she became the first woman to chair an FTSE 100 company. [8] In 2010 she was appointed the Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council. [9] She is also the chairman of Frontier Economics Limited. [8] Other current and former board memberships include the Financial Conduct Authority, BG Group, the BBC, P&O Cruises, P&O Princess, and Eton College. [10]

Personal life

Hogg is married to the Douglas Hogg, 3rd Viscount Hailsham and together they have two children: [11]

Other activities

She is a trustee of the school where she was educated and also a trustee of the charitable Trusthouse Foundation.



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  11. The Peerage, entry for 3rd Viscount Hailsham
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    Influential Tory economist who, as head of the FRC, is now a controversial regulator"
    . The Independent . London, United Kingdom: Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 24 November 2010. Sarah Hogg, 64, grew up immersed in Conservative politics. Her father was Lord Boyd-Carpenter, a Tory Treasury minister, and she married Douglas Hogg, an MP until this year, who gained fame for claiming the expense of cleaning his moat. Her husband was Agriculture minister in John Major's cabinet while she headed the Downing Street policy unit.
    She became Viscountess Hailsham when her father-in-law, the Tory Lord Chancellor, Quintin Hogg, died in 2001 but had already been made a baroness in her own right in 1995, bringing her into the House of Lords.
    The Independent's former economics editor and Channel 4 News presenter now chairs the Frontier Economics consultancy besides heading the FRC and sitting on the BG gas group board. Lady Hogg has also been a BBC governor, chairman of investment group 3i, and a director of P&O, Carnival and GKN.