Christopher Patten is a British politician who served as the 28th and last Governor of Hong Kong from 1992 to 1997. He has been a cross bench member of the British House of Lords since 2005 and a former British Conservative politician until 2011, as Member of Parliament (MP) for Bath from 1979 to 1992.
Patten first became a junior British Government minister in 1986, and a member of the Cabinet from 1989 to 1992. He was Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1990 to 1992, and European Commissioner from 1999 to 2004. He was Chairman of the BBC Trust from 2011 to 2014. Currently, he is the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, a post he has held since 2003.