Sarah Hogg, Viscountess Hailsham

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Sarah Hogg, Viscountess Hailsham, Baroness Hogg (born 14 May 1946)[1] is an English economist, journalist, and politician. She was the first woman to chair a FTSE 100 company.

The Viscountess Hailsham
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Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
3 February 1995
Life Peerage
Personal details
Sarah Elizabeth Mary Boyd-Carpenter

(1946-05-14) 14 May 1946 (age 74)
Political partyConservative (Before 1995)
Crossbench (1995–present)
Spouse(s)Douglas Hogg, 3rd Viscount Hailsham
Alma materLady Margaret Hall, Oxford


She was born as Sarah Elizabeth Mary Boyd-Carpenter, her father being John Boyd-Carpenter, Baron Boyd-Carpenter, a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster-General. She attended the Roman Catholic girls' boarding school St Mary's School Ascot. Later she attended Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford where she read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).[2] While at Oxford University, she edited Cherwell, the student newspaper.

Through her 1968 marriage to Member of Parliament Douglas Hogg, 3rd Viscount Hailsham, she is Viscountess Hailsham. However, following the granting of a life peerage in 1995, she is Baroness Hogg in her own right.[3]



She was an economics editor for The Independent newspaper. She was also an early presenter of Channel 4 News, but her voice, with its uncertainty of pitch, was felt by many viewers to be a distraction.[4] At this time she portrayed Margaret Thatcher in a television docudrama of negotiations between the UK and Irish governments.[5]


Hogg was the head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit for Sir John Major.[6] With Jonathan Hopkin Hill, she wrote about the Major years in her book Too Close to Call.

In 1995, she was granted a life peerage and now sits as a crossbencher in the House of Lords as Baroness Hogg, of Kettlethorpe in the County of Lincolnshire.[7]


As Chairman of 3i Group from 2002, she became the first woman to chair a FTSE 100 company.[8] In 2010 she was appointed the Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council.[9] She is also the chairman of Frontier Economics Limited.[8] Other current and former board memberships include the Financial Conduct Authority, BG Group, the BBC, P&O Cruises, P&O Princess, and Eton College.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Hogg is married to Douglas Hogg, 3rd Viscount Hailsham and together they have two children:[11]

Other activitiesEdit

She is a trustee of the school where she was educated and also a trustee of the charitable Trusthouse Foundation.


  • Miss Sarah Boyd-Carpenter (1946–1968)
  • The Hon. Mrs Douglas Hogg (1968–1972)
  • The Hon. Mrs Hogg (1972–1995)
  • The Rt Hon. The Baroness Hogg (1995–2001)[12]
  • The Rt Hon. The Baroness Hogg, Viscountess Hailsham (2001–)[13]


  • Too Close to Call: John Major, Power and Politics in No.10 by Sarah Hogg & Jonathan Hill, Little, Brown (1995), ISBN 0-316-87716-6

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2014. Baroness Hogg, Chairman, Financial Reporting Council, 67
  2. ^ "LMH, Oxford - Prominent Alumni". Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Catholics in New Year's honours". Catholic Herald. 6 February 1995. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  4. ^ Guardian 6 December 1984, Nancy Banks-Smith, "No News Bad News"
  5. ^ "World in Action". IMDB.
  6. ^ Gribben, Roland (19 May 2001). "Hogg makes history as FTSE 100 chair". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 August 2009.
  7. ^ UK Parliament bio Archived 12 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b Connon, Heather (30 November 2003). "Baroness of the boardrooms". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  9. ^ FRC Board Archived 23 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Financial Reporting Council. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  10. ^ Stern, Melanie (27 September 2010). "FRC's Baroness Hogg on the new corporate governance code". Financial Director. London, United Kingdom: Incisive Media Investments Limited. Retrieved 24 November 2010. Hogg became chairman of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in May, bringing to bear more than two decades among London's top business figureheads, from serving her time as governor of the BBC, chairing private equity group 3i and serving on the boards of P&O, Bg group and Banco Santander, punctuated by a stint in John Major's policy unit.
  11. ^ The Peerage, entry for 3rd Viscount Hailsham
  12. ^ "UK Parliament – MPs, Lords & offices". UK Parliament. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  13. ^ Northedge, Richard (24 October 2010). "Corporate world angry over plans to create a new super-watchdog
    Influential Tory economist who, as head of the FRC, is now a controversial regulator"
    . The Independent. London, United Kingdom: Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 24 November 2010. Sarah Hogg, 64, grew up immersed in Conservative politics. Her father was Lord Boyd-Carpenter, a Tory Treasury minister, and she married Douglas Hogg, an MP until this year, who gained fame for claiming the expense of cleaning his moat. Her husband was Agriculture minister in John Major's cabinet while she headed the Downing Street policy unit.
    She became Viscountess Hailsham when her father-in-law, the Tory Lord Chancellor, Quintin Hogg, died in 2001 but had already been made a baroness in her own right in 1995, bringing her into the House of Lords.
    The Independent's former economics editor and Channel 4 News presenter now chairs the Frontier Economics consultancy besides heading the FRC and sitting on the BG gas group board. Lady Hogg has also been a BBC governor, chairman of investment group 3i, and a director of P&O, Carnival and GKN.