Patience is a non-executive director of Fiat SpA and of St James’s Place Plc. She is Chairman of the Financial Times Complaints Commission and an advisory board member of Bell Pottinger, the public relations consultancy. She is also a deputy chairman of the British Museum.
Most of Patience’s career has been spent in journalism. She was Business and City Editor of The Times for nine years before taking up the Editorship of the Sunday Telegraph.
Then she decided to see business from the other side, leaving journalism to join the boards of Barclays and the property company, Shaftesbury.
In July 2009, she returned to journalism, as Editor in Chief of the Wall Street Journal Europe. She left that role at the beginning of 2011 to become a working Conservative peer.
She is a visiting fellow at Oxford’s Centre for Corporate Reputation and a member of the UK/India Round Table.
In the Lords she sits on the Constitution Committee and she heads the Association of Conservative Peers Group on Economics and Business.