Lord Sharkey, who had a long career in advertising, is a life peer and Liberal Democrat. He became a member of the House of Lords in 2010 and has been a trustee of the Hansard Society since 2007. He is on the board of the Institute for Government, the UK think-tank aimed at promoting more effective government. He is also a director of New City Agenda, a not-for-profit think tank aiming to develop ideas and research on financial services policy, and a director of Full Fact, an independent not-for-profit fact-checking organisation. He has worked widely across the political spectrum during his career.