Lord Eric Pickles was appointed as the United Kingdom's Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust issues in September 2015. Lord Pickles works closely with the wide range of Holocaust academics, survivors and educational and social organizations in the UK. Along with the former Labour Cabinet Minister Ed Balls, he co-chairs the United Kingdom’s Holocaust Memorial Foundation. He was made a Life Peer in 2018.
Lord Eric Pickles was appointed as the UK's next Conservative Party nominee to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments in July 2019 and was subsequently appointed as Chair following an open competition, in line with the Cabinet Office Governance Code, taking up the role in April 2020. His appointment was approved following pre-appointment scrutiny by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee. First elected to Parliament in 1992 he retired as MP for Brentwood and Ongar at the 2017 general election. He was previously Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.