Lord Howell's first job was with HM Treasury from 1959-60 as part of the Treasury Economic Section.
In 1966 he won the seat of Guildford, representing the Surrey county town until 1997, when he was made a life peer.
Lord Howell was Secretary of State for Energy, and later for Transport in Margaret Thatcher's first Cabinet (1979-83). He was chairman of the International Energy Agency ministerial meeting in May 1979.
- From May 2010 to Sept 2012, Lord Howell was appointed Minister of State at the FCO, with responsibility for international energy policy.
- After stepping down he was appointed as personal adviser to Foreign Secretary William Hague on energy and resource security.
- He is also Chairman of the British Institute of Energy Economics, which counts Shell and BP among its members.
- Lord Howell is married with two daughters and one son. One of his daughters, Frances, is married to George Osborne, the current Chancellor of the Exchequer.