Chris Patten pictured outside Westminster Abbey in London (September 2019). Chris Patten, Lord Patten of Barnes is a British politician and diplomat.
A member of the Conservative Party, he served as the Member of Parliament for Bath from 1979 to 1992 and as the Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1990 to 1992.
Lord Patten is perhaps best known for his role as the last British governor of Hong Kong from 1992 to 1997, overseeing the territory's transition to Chinese sovereignty.
In addition to his political career, he has been involved in various international roles and has authored several books.
Patten is Chancellor of Oxford University and has served as Chairman of the BBC Trust. He chaired the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland. The Patten Report produced as part of a review of policing following the Good Friday Agreement recommended significant alterations to the policing model, eventually giving rise to the transition from the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).