Lord Wrigglesworth was the first President of the Party and was Chairman of the Trustees.
He was MP for Teesside Thornaby and Stockton South between 1974 and 1987 and was one of the founder members of the SDP.
Prior to being elected to Parliament he worked in the City at National Giro Bank and in Middlesbrough at the Midland Bank.
He was Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Panel of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund; Chairman of the Port of Tyne; founder Chairman of UK Land Estates; a Director of Tyne Tees Television; Chairman of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art; and a number of other private and public companies. He was also Chairman of the Northern CBI.
He was born in Stockton-on-Tees, attended Stockton Grammar School and has homes in Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland, and Notting Hill in London.