| Member of Parliament |
1 May 1997 –11 April 2005
|Preceded by||David Mellor|
|Succeeded by||Justine Greening|
Anthony John Colman
23 July 1943
Sheringham, Norfolk, England
|Alma mater|| Magdalene College, Cambridge |
University of East Anglia
Anthony John Colman (born 23 July 1943) is a British politician and businessman who served as the Labour Member of Parliament for Putney from 1997 to 2005.
Colman was born in Sheringham, Norfolk, on 23 July 1943.[ citation needed ] and educated at Paston Grammar School in North Walsham, Norfolk. Colman studied at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he completed his Master's degree in Historical Tripos.
Colman worked for the United Africa Company, a now-defunct subsidiary of Unilever, from 1964 to 1969.From 1966 to 1967, he worked as a postgraduate researcher at the London School of Economics.
Colman was appointed as a board director at the Burton Group in 1969, a position which he held until 1990.During his time at the Burton Group, he helped to found Topshop.
Colman was the Labour candidate for South West Hertfordshire in the 1979 general election, but lost to the incumbent Conservative MP, Geoffrey Dodsworth.
In the 1986 Merton council elections, Colman stood as one of two Labour candidates for Durnsford in the London Borough of Merton, but the ward's two seats were held by the Conservatives, including the newly elected Theresa May, who would later become Prime Minister.
In 1990, he was elected as a councillor for the Lavender ward in Merton, before becoming leader of the council from 1991 to 1997.
Prior to becoming an MP, Colman chaired the Low Pay Unit, a charity advising low-paid workers.He served as the Director of the Polka Children's Theatre from 1995 until 2004.
Colman stood in Putney in the 1997 general election; he won with 45.6% of the vote and a majority of 2,976 votes, defeating the incumbent Conservative MP David Mellor and James Goldsmith, the leader of the Eurosceptic Referendum Party.Colman's majority was reduced to 2,771 votes in the 2001 general election, and he lost his seat by 1,766 votes to Justine Greening, the Conservative candidate, in the 2005 general election.
Colman chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group on Retail,the All Party Parliamentary Group on Socially Responsible Investment, the All Party Parliamentary Group on the United Nations, and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Management.
During his time in parliament, Colman was also vice-chair of GLOBE UK, a pressure group promoting sustainable development.He chaired the Public Private Partnership Programme Ltd until October 1998, and remained on its board during his later parliamentary career.
Since 2005,Colman has been an Associate Director of Africapractice, a corporate citizenship and communications consultancy.
Colman is a member of the World Future Council, [ citation needed ] becoming a councillor in 2007.[ citation needed ] Since 2013, Colman has been the permanent representative of the WFC at the United Nations' New York headquarters.[ citation needed ]of which he was a founding member in 2006,
From July 2008 to November 2010, Colman was the Director of One World Trust,a pressure group for global governance of which he is now the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Colman completed his doctoral thesis at the University of East Anglia in 2013; it specialised in water resource management and water supply and sanitation in Botswana.He has since published extensively on the subject of water management, with particular focus on southern Africa.
Colman is a Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town, the Earth Institute at Columbia University and his alma mater, the University of East Anglia.
Colman is also a Trustee of Chatham House and the New Economics Foundation and is on the Council of the Overseas Development Institute. [ citation needed ]Since 2016, he has been the Chair of Pupil Asset Ltd.
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