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Timothy John Crommelin Eggar (born 19 December 1951) is a British businessman and former politician. He holds positions on the boards of multiple organisations including Shiplake College and Cape plc, and was the Conservative MP for Enfield North between 1979 and 1997.

Timothy Eggar
Member of Parliament
for Enfield North
In office
3 May 1979 – 1 May 1997
Preceded byBryan Davies
Succeeded byJoan Ryan
Personal details
Born (1951-12-19) December 19, 1951 (age 67)
Political partyConservative


Personal lifeEdit

Timothy Eggar is the son of John Eggar and Pamela Crommelin-Brown. He was educated at Abberley Hall School and Winchester College. He has degrees from Magdalene College, Cambridge and The College of Law. He has two children with his wife, Charmian Minoprio, whom he married in 1977.


Eggar was elected to the Commons in 1979 by winning the Labour seat of Enfield North. As a backbencher he served on the Treasury and Civil Service Committee and took a special interest in energy, economic, financial and civil service issues. He was an early advocate of privatization.[1] From 1981 he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Overseas Development Administration before being appointed as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in 1985.

Eggar was Minister for Employment in from 1989 to 1990, and in that capacity he was Minister for Small Business. He took the 1990 Employment Act through Parliament which effectively made pre-entry closed shops and secondary action unlawful.

In 1989, a judge described Eggar as "stupid, idiotic and provocative". Eggar had seen a six-year-old girl taking flowers from his front garden, and had taken the girl inside his home in order to reprimand her. The girl's father later assaulted Eggar, for which the man received a suspended prison sentence. Eggar was not asked to give evidence and did not comment on the judge’s remarks.[2]

In July 1990 Eggar was appointed to the Department of Education and Science. He was responsible for the Further and Higher Education Act which established the Further Education Funding Council and removed Further Education and sixth form colleges from Local Education Authority control. He also introduced GNVQs and the Technology Schools initiative in 1991.

After the 1992 election Eggar was appointed as Minister for Energy at the Department of Trade and Industry. Responsibility for Industry was added in 1994. Among other issues he had responsibility for the Government's sale of British Coal and the non-magnox nuclear power stations. He introduced the Gas Act which led to the restructuring of British Gas and the introduction of household gas supply competition.[3]

In January 1996, Eggar announced he would not contest the next election as he wanted to pursue a business career. He stood down as a minister in July 1996.

In March 2019, Eggar was announced as the new Chairman of the Oil and Gas Authority.


After leaving Cambridge in 1973, Eggar qualified as a barrister before becoming an investment banker specialising in natural resource financing.

After leaving Parliament Eggar became chairman of Agip UK and M. W. Kellogg Limited. In 1998, he was appointed as CEO Of Monument Oil and Gas until its acquisition by Lasmo. From 2000-2005 he was vice-chairman of ABN AMRO. From 2004 he held a number of non-executive roles including chairman of Harrison Lovegrove & Co, Indago Petroleum, and 3legs Resources, as well as being a non-executive director of Expro, Anglo Asian Mining.[4] He was president of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce from 2004 to 2012. He is chairman of governors at Shiplake College.,[5] chairman of Cape plc,[6] chairman of Mycelx Technologies Corp,[7] chairman of Haulfryn Group,[8] and is also an advisory board member of Braemar Energy Ventures[9]


  1. ^ Eggar, Tim; et al. (1984). Reversing Clause IV: a Policy for Denationalisation. Conservative Political Centre. ISBN 0850707072.
  2. ^ "Judge rebukes 'idiotic' Minister". Glasgow Herald. 8 February 1990. Retrieved 5 January 2016 – via Google News Archive.
  3. ^ Helm, Dieter (2003). Energy, The State, and the Market: British Energy Policy since 1979. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199270740.
  4. ^ "Tim Eggar". Quality of Life Challenge. Archived from the original on 28 August 2008.
  5. ^ "Governors". Shiplake College. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Our Board". Cape. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Board of Directors". Myclex. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Bobby McGhee joins Haulfryn Group as new chief executive" (Press release). Haulfryn Group. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  9. ^ "The Rt. Honorable Tim Eggar". Braemar Energy Ventures. Retrieved 25 May 2015.

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