CBI’s Lambert gets Indian offer

Richard Lambert, the outgoing director general of employers’ group the CBI, is set to be asked to take up a post as high commissioner of India as part of a government drive to sign up businessmen and women for diplomatic roles. Lambert, a ex-Financial Times editor and former external member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, is leaving the CBI next year. Prime Minister David Cameron, who has just returned from a trade mission to India, wants to give the diplomatic service a sharper edge by encouraging people from business and industry to apply for senior positions.