Chair of Trustees
About Michael Ashcroft
I am an international businessman, author and philanthropist. After 40 years as an entrepreneur I have many, varied business interests, with significant investments and participation in both public and private companies in the United Kingdom, United States and the Caribbean. I was Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party until September 2010, in May 2011 I was appointed as lead adviser to the Ministry of Defence for the strategic review military bases in Cyprus. In September 2012 I was appointed a member of the Privy Council and was made the Government's Special Representative for Veterans' Transition, working with all departments to ensure military personnel receive the support they need when making the transition to civilian life. In November 2012 I was appointed to the Board of the Imperial War Museum. I am also Treasurer of the International Democratic Union.
I am heavily involved in various charities, including founding Crimestoppers - the UK crime-fighting charity. I am also the author of seven books and have built up the largest collection of Victoria Crosses in the world, which are now on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum. I have a long-standing interest in bravery and the gallery was built using my £5m donation.For more information: