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Lionel Barber is the editor of the Financial Times. Since his appointment as editor in 2005, he has helped solidify the FT’s position as one of the first publishers to successfully transform itself into a multichannel news organisation. During his tenure, the FT has won numerous global prizes for its journalism, including Newspaper of the Year, Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards.

Lionel has co-written several books and has lectured widely on foreign policy, transatlantic relations, European security and monetary union in the US and Europe and appears regularly on TV and radio around the world. As editor, he has interviewed many of the world's leaders in business and politics, including: US President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani.

Lionel has received several distinguished awards for his contribution to journalism in the transatlantic community. In February 2018 he was awarded the Media Society’s annual award for his outstanding contribution to journalism.


    • Appointed by: Prime Minister
    • Appointment: 31 January 2011
    • Term expires: 30 January 2021

    Lionel Barber's Declaration of Interests PDF [87.11Kb]

    Other membership

    • Finance and Operations Committee
    • Audit Committee