But how did the son of a local furniture retailer end up forging a Parliamentary career that involved serving as a Deputy Chief Whip, and a spell working as environmental adviser to former Prime Minister Theresa May, before eventually being made a Lord?
His love for nature and a deep concern for the local area has driven much of his career, something he puts down to an interest in people, and an inability not to help a local community or environmental cause in need. This winning combination has also meant that for much of his adult life he has found himself much in demand, at both a local and national level.
A proud Middlesaxon, Lord Randall has lived all his life in Cowley and Uxbridge. He studied at university in London and afterwards worked in his family’s well-known department store, Randalls of Uxbridge. Somehow, he still managed to find the time to lead global bird watching tours.
He professes to have always had a love for nature, especially bird watching, having been encouraged by his grandfather who enrolled him with the RSPB as a child (he has been a member for more than 55 years, as well as serving on its Council). Lord Randall had no political ambitions growing up, but his first experience of protecting his local area came when a piece of green land next to his home was under threat from development, and he and his family campaigned to save it. He went on to make local political connections and was asked to support the local Conservatives as treasurer, then chairman, before being elected MP for Uxbridge in 1997, following the sudden death of Sir Michael Shersby.