David Wolfson, Baron Wolfson of Sunningdale

 United Kingdom

  • Date Of Birth: 3 November 1935
  • Date Of Death: 10 March 2021
  • Occupation: Politician and businessman

David Wolfson, Baron Wolfson of Sunningdale (3 November 1935 – 10 March 2021) was a British Conservative politician and businessman.

Wolfson was director of Great Universal Stores (GUS) from 1973 to 1978 and from 1993 to 2000, and chairman from 1996 to 2000. The retailer had been founded by his uncle Isaac Wolfson as a mail order clothing company. He was first introduced to Margaret Thatcher by the Conservative Party treasurer Alistair McAlpine in 1975. In 1978 and 1979[citation needed] he was Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet and between 1979 and 1985 Chief of Staff of the Political Office, 10 Downing Street. In that role he interviewed Bernard Ingham in 1979, before Ingham was made Thatcher’s press secretary. The first official Chief of Staff in Number 10, he was the sole holder of the office until Jonathan Powell in 1997.

He was chairman of the Alexon Group plc from 1982 to 1986, of Next plc from 1990 to 1998, of GUS from 1996 to 2000, and of William Baird from 2002 to 2003. In 2001, Wolfson was non-executive director of Fibernet, and was chairman since 2002. For Compco, he was chairman from 1995 to 2003. In 2014 he commissioned the founding of Soza Health.

Knighted in 1984, he was created a life peer with the title Baron Wolfson of Sunningdale, of Trevose in the County of Cornwall on 26 March 1991. His membership in the House of Lords was terminated on 13 June 2017 as he did not attend a sitting of the House during a session lasting six months or longer.

Wolfson married three times. He married his first wife, Patricia Rawlings (now Baroness Rawlings) in 1962, and, after their divorce in 1967, he married Susan Davis, with whom he had two sons and one daughter. One of those sons, Simon, followed in his footsteps both as head of Next and as a Conservative life peer, having been created Baron Wolfson of Aspley Guise. Having separated from Susan Wolfson several years earlier, he finally married Alicia Trevor in May 2018 at Guildford Registry Office. They had a son, Tom, born in 2006.

Wolfson enjoyed golf and bridge.

Wolfson died after suffering from dementia on 10 March 2021 at the age of 85. – Available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License from Wikipedia.