Lord Moynihan studied at Oxford University where he was President of Oxford Union in 1976, cox in the Boat Race in 1977 and if that wasn't enough, also an Oxford University boxing blue. In 1980, he coxed the Great Britain eight to silver medal in Moscow Olympics. He followed that up in 1981 by coxing the team to gold at the World Championships.
He moved into Politics in 1983 when he won the Lewisham East seat for the Conservatives. In 1987, he was appointed Sports Minister in Margaret Thatcher's government aged just 31. His political career continued as Energy Minister from 1990-1992. In 1997, he was given a peerage. He became shadow Sports Minister in 2003 and in October 2005, was elected as Chairman of the British Olympic Association.