Lord Tim Clement-Jones, House of Lords, UK Parliament


Lord Tim Clement-Jones Biography


Tim is Liberal Democrat House of Lords spokesperson for Science, Innovation and Technology. He is the Former Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence which reported in 2018 with "AI in the UK Ready Willing and Able?" and its follow-up report in 2020 "AI in the UK: No Room for Complacency". In 2016, Tim co-founded the All-Party Group on Artificial Intelligence.

From 2023, Tim is a member of the Industry and Regulators Committee and the initiator of and subsequent member of the Special Inquiry Select Committee into AI in Weapons Systems.

Tim is former member of the House of Lords Select Committees on Communications (2011-15), Risk Assessment and Planning (2020-21) and the Joint Select Committee on the Draft Online Safety Bill (2021-22). He is the Vice Chair for a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups - including Data Poverty; Data Analytics; Digital Skills; Digital Regulation and Responsibility; the Future of Work; PICTFOR; China; Music; Performers Alliance; and Writers. Tim is the Treasurer for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Intellectual Property.

Tim is a founding member of the OECD Parliamentary Group on AI and a former Consultant to the Council of Europe’s Ad-hoc Committee on AI ("CAHAI").

Until July 2004, he was a Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson and thereafter until 2010, he was a Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Culture, Media and Sport, in the House of Lords. He is Former Spokesperson on the Creative Industries (2015-17). 

Tim introduced and ensured the passage through the House of Lords of the 2003 Tobacco Advertising and Sponsorship Act and the Live Music Act 2012.

He is the chair of the Liberal Party from 1986-88.  Tim made CBE for political services in 1988 and a life peer in 1998.  He is the chair of the Liberal Democrats Finance Committee from 1989-98 and Federal Treasurer of the Liberal Democrats from 2005-10.


Tim is the Chair of the Board of Trust Alliance Group (formerly Ombudsman Services) an independent not-for-profit group that provides dispute resolution for communications and energy utilities.

He is a consultant on AI Policy and Regulation with global law firm, DLA Piper, where former positions held include, London Managing Partner (2011-16), Head of UK Government Affairs, Chair of its China and Middle East Desks, International Business Relations Partner and Co-Chair of Global Government Relations. 

Tim is the fellow of the Society for Computers and Law. Former member of the Advisory Board of Airmic (Association of Insurance and Risk Managers in Industry and Commerce) and former Board Member of the Corporate Finance Faculty of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales ("ICAEW").

Previously Group Company Secretary and Legal Adviser of Kingfisher Plc from 1986-95, where he coordinated Kingfisher's contribution to the Shopping Hours Reform Campaign which led to the Sunday Trading Act 1993. Before Kingfisher, held senior legal positions at Grand Metropolitan, now Diageo plc (Legal Director, Grand Metropolitan Retailing 1984-86) and London Weekend Television (Head of Legal Services 1980-83) now part of ITV plc.

Education, Charitable and Voluntary

Tim is the Chair of Council of Queen Mary University of London ("QMUL"). He was Chair of the Advisory Council of the former Institute for Ethical AI in Education ("IEAIED"), founded by Sir Anthony Seldon which published its final report in March 2021. He was Chair of Council of the School of Pharmacy, University of London (2008-12) before its merger with University College London, whereupon he became an external member of the Council of University College London and Chair of its Audit Committee (2012-17).

He is the President of Ambitious about Autism (formerly Treehouse) an autism education charity and school for children with autism and other communication disorders and its former Chair. He is the Trustee of Space for Giants, an international conservation charity. 

Tim is a Council Member of the Heart of the City; Fellow of the Public Relations Consultants Association and Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and an Ambassador for ACID (Anti-Copying in Design).

He is a Patron of Attitude is Everything and Music Venue Trust.