The Right Honourable the Baroness Usha Prashar of Runnymede CBE, PC, an
independent member of the House of Lords since 1999, has led and chaired a
number of public and voluntary organisations with distinction.
She has also
served as a non- executive director of a number of private sector organisations.
During her 47 year career spanning public, not for profit and private sector she
has made significant contribution to public policy and public life in the UK.
In the House of Lords she is currently a Vice Chair of the Commonwealth All
Party Parliamentary Group and member of the Joint House of Commons and House of
Lords pre- legislative scrutiny committee on the Restoration and Renewal of the
Palace of Westminster Bill.
From 2014-17 she was a member of House of
Lords European Union Select Committee and chair of its sub-committee on Home
Affairs; from 2001 - 2009 member of Joint Committee on Human Rights; from
2006-2007 member of Committee on Regulators; from 2008- 2009 Chair of Committee
for Privileges and Conduct; and from 2007 to date member Freedom of Information
Her other current activities include:
Cumberland Lodge and non-executive director of Nationwide Building Society.
She is Honorary President of Community Foundations and the National Literacy
She is a Senior Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar and Member of
International Advisory Board of IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.
December 2017 till November 2018 she was a member of the Independent Review
Panel to tackle barriers to building of houses established by the Chancellor of
the Exchequer at the end of 2017.
Her significant previous roles have
Deputy Chairman, British Council, 2012-2018; Member, the Iraq
Inquiry,2009-16; Inaugural Chairman, the Judicial Appointments Commission,
2005-10; First Civil Service Commissioner, 2000-05; Executive Chairman, the
Parole Board of England and Wales,1997-2000; Member, Royal Commission on
Criminal Justice, 1992-4; Member, Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal
Education and Conduct, 1991-7; Founder member, Energy Savings Trust, 1992-97;
Organising and leading seminars for the Salzburg Seminar for 5 years entitled,
'non governmental organisations and democracy', 1992-97; Board member, Salzburg
Seminar,1997-2002; Chief Executive, National Council for Voluntary
Organisations, 1986-91; Senior Fellow, Policy Studies Institute, 1984 -86; Chief
Executive, Runnymede Trust,1977-84; Assistant and then Conciliation Officer,
former Race Relations Board, 1971-76;
Other former voluntary roles:
Chairman, 2001-07, and then President 2007-12,Royal Commonwealth Society;
Founder, Deputy Chairman and then Chairman,the National Literacy Trust,
1992-2005; Chancellor,De Montfort University 2000-06; Member, Arts Council of
England and Wales, 1978-81 and second term 1991-97; President,United Kingdom
Council for International Student Affairs 2005-16; Trustee Cumberland Lodge
2007-17; Trustee, 2010-15 and now Governor,Ditchley Foundation;
Private sector roles:
Non - executive director of Channel 4, 1991-97; Non -
executive director ITV 2002-08; Non - executive director Unite 2000-04.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts,
Honorary Bencher, Inner
Senior Fellow, Salzburg Global Seminar,
Fellow of City and Guilds,
Companion,Chartered Institute of Management; and has been awarded Honorary
Doctorates by a number of Universities.
In 1994 awarded CBE for public
service, given a Peerage in 1999 and made a Privy Councillor in 2009.
recognised as the most connected person by GQ Magazine.