Lord Renwick was a member of the House of Lords from 1973 until November 1999. His special interests include the processes of innovation and change, informatics and telematics, the application of technology, and space and special educational needs.
When a parliamentary peer he was at times a member of the Select Committee on Science and Technology, the Select Committee on the European Communities and Sub Committee B (Energy, Transport and Technology). He was the Honorary Secretary of PITCOM (the Parliamentary IT Committee) and of the Parliamentary Space Committee and a member of the Parliamentary Scientific Committee and the All-Party Disablement Group among others. He was also a Council member of the National Council for Educational Technology, now BECTA.
Born in 1935, he was educated at Eton and spent his National Service with the Grenadier Guards. He then went on to start a career in the city with Morgan Grenfell in 1957 and then moved to W Greenwell & Co in 1959 where he stayed until 1980, becoming a partner in 1964. He was a Director of General Technology Systems Ltd from 1975 – 1993. He has acted as an advisor to various companies in the UK and the USA.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Geographical Society, and the Zoological Society of London. He was a member of the Foundation for Science and Technology, Vice President of the Combustion Engineering Association, Chairman of the Dyslexia Educational Trust and Chairman (now a Vice President) of the British Dyslexia Association.
Lord Renwick is married and has two sons by a previous marriage.