Lord Ashcroft is a businessman, philanthropist and an entrepreneur. He has been Executive Chairman of BB Holdings Limited (formerly Carlisle Holdings Limited) since 1987 and its Chief Executive Office since 2001 and was formerly Chairman and Chief Executive Office of ADT Limited (1977 to 1997).
He is the Chairman of Trustees for a number of charities: Michael A Ashcroft Foundation, Crimestoppers and Ashcroft Technology Academy. He is currently Treasurer of the International Democrat Union. He was Belize's Permanent Representative to the United Nations until April 2000.
In November 2001, he was invested as Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in the United Kingdom. Michael is a British and Belize citizen and a Belonger of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
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In March 2000, Michael was appointed as a life peer in the House of Lords and in June 2000 he was awarded a Knighthood (KCMG – Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George) for public service to the community and country of Belize.
He was co-opted onto the Party Board in May 2005 in recognition of his work for the Conservative Party in the months and years prior to the last General Election. In December 2005, he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party.
His widely acclaimed study of public opinion and the Conservative Party's campaign was published in June 2005. A former Treasurer and a current board member of the Conservative Party, he is a founder and supporter of numerous charities.