We are pleased to welcome Lord Astor as our new Patron. Lord Astor will be working closely with our Chairman of Trustees Mr David Astor.
Lord Astor, aged 70, is a hereditary peer and succeeded to the peerage in 1984. In 1999 he was elected to continue as a member of the House of Lords and he has served in a number of departments. From 2010 - 2015 he was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence.
Currently Lord Astor is the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Oman, a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent and a trustee of the Astor of Hever Trust. He is also President of the Durand Group (World War I Research) and the Westerham Branch of the Royal British Legion.
“I am delighted and honoured to become Patron of IAH. I was a great admirer of and worked frequently with the previous patron, Lord Ashley, on issues associated with independent living for the long term sick and disabled. I have also of course long been aware of the charity’s work and the role played by my uncle, John Astor, in setting it up. It therefore gives me particular pleasure to lend my support to such a worthy cause”.