Des Wilson


By 25 he was the founder-director of Shelter.

By 35 he had been a Fleet Street columnist for The Guardian and The Observer, and director of public affairs for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

By 45 he had re-established himself as the country's leading campaigner, getting lead out of petrol with Clear, becoming chairman of Friends of the Earth and founder of the Campaign for Freedom of Information, and running the Lib Dem 1992 General Election Campaign.

By 55 he had fashioned a career in business culminating in working as Director of Corporate and Public Affairs for BAA.

In his mid 60s he emerged as a poker player and author of an eagerly awaited book, the first-ever on British professional poker.

His career has spanned 50 years and encompassed journalism, public relations and public affairs, and politics. He has written 14 books, including two novels, a book with Sir John Egan on corporate social responsibility, and his memoirs (published on his 70th birthday in March 2011).
He has appeared on BBC TV's Question Time and Radio 4's Any Questions and for many years has been a sought-after public speaker.
He has written for every major British newspaper, including being a columnist for two years on The New Statesman.

Des Wilson - Shelter founder, environmental campaigner and former president of the Liberal Democrats. Now a keen poker player and author of a book on the subject.