Lord St John of Bletso is a Crossbench/Independent Member of the House of Lords of the U.K. Parliament since 1978.
He was brought up in South Africa, where he qualified as a solicitor before completing his Masters in Shipping Law at London University. He worked for 15 years in the City with Merrill Lynch before becoming Managing Director of Globix Europe, the 3rd largest data centre business at the time and listed on the Nasdaq. He was on the Advisory Board of Silicon Valley Bank for 4 years. He is currently Chairman of Strand Hanson and Integrated Diagnostic Holdings plc and serves on the board of several public and private companies. He has recently been a member of the House of Lords Ad Hoc Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence. His special interests are cyber security, financial services, life sciences and Africa.
Since 1998 he has served as Extra Lord in Waiting to HM The Queen.