Alan Watson is Chairman of The Cambridge Foundation, CTN Communications, Havas Media UK, Nexus Publishing, the wine importer Raisin Social, and ICOMP.
He is a former broadcaster, presenting both "The Money Programme" on BBC2 and "Panorama" on BBC1, and is a Fellow and former Chairman of the Royal Television Society. From 1976 to 1980 he was responsible for Media at the European Commission.
He is International Chairman Emeritus of the English-Speaking Union and President of the British German Association, as well as a member of the Prince of Wales Business Leaders' Forum.
Lord Watson chairs the British Accreditation Council and is an Honorary Professor at Birmingham University, an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College Cambridge, a Visiting Fellow of Oriel College Oxford, and Chairman of Cambridge University's Chemistry Advisory Board. He is a Visiting Professor at Leuven University, an Honorary Professor at St Petersburg State University, and a Trustee of the Great Britain Studies Centre at Berlin's Huboldt University.
His publications include: "Europe at Risk", "The Germans: Who are they now?", "Thatcher and Kohl: Old Rivalries Revisited", and "Jamestown: The Voyage of English".
A former President of the Liberal Party, he was appointed CBE in 1985 and created a Life Peer in 1999, sitting in the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat. He serves on the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union (Sub-Committee A).
Lord Watson lectures at universities ain the UK and abroad on media, politics and European Affairs. He has been awarded a number of honorary doctorates and foreign decorations, including Germany's Knights Grand Cross and Romania's Grand Cross of Merit.
In Richmond, Lord Watson is a Patron of the Richmond Society and Richmond Museum, a Trustee of Richmond University (The American International University in London), and Chairman of Arcadia (the Thames Landscape Strategy from Hampton Court to Kew).