Sir John Major entered the British Parliament in 1979 and Government in 1983. He joined the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 1987, was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in July 1989 and Chancellor of the Exchequer in October 1989. Sir John served as Prime Minister from November 1990 to May 1997. Following the General Election of 1997, he handed the incoming Labour Government the strongest economy inherited by any incoming UK Government.
Sir John retired from the House of Commons at the UK General Election in May 2001. His business interests include Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Global Infrastructure Management. Sir John chairs the Campaign Board of King’s College London and is also President or Patron of a number of UK and international charities.
On New Year's Day 1999, HM The Queen appointed Sir John a Companion of Honour in recognition of his initiation of the Northern Ireland Peace Process, and on St George's Day 2005, a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. In 2012, he was awarded The Grand Cordon of The Rising Sun by The Emperor of Japan.
In October 2011, Sir John was appointed Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, a Commonwealth-wide initiative, which has been established to create a lasting legacy to Her Majesty’s 60 years as Sovereign.