The Right Hon the Baroness Usha Prashar of Runnymede CBE, PC is an independent member of the House of Lords, where she has served on several Select Committees. Until recently she was the member of the European Union Select Committee and chaired the European Union Select Committee on Home Affairs.
Her career has spanned public, not for profit and private sectors. She has made significant contribution to public policy and public life in the UK.
Since 2013 she has been the Deputy Chairman, British Council. In January 2017 she was appointed non-executive director of Nationwide Building Society.
Her significant previous roles have included: Member, the Iraq Inquiry; Inaugural Chairman, the Judicial Appointments Commission; First Civil Service Commissioner; Chairman, the Parole Board;Chief Executive, National Council for Voluntary Organisations; Chief Executive, Runnymede Trust; Chairman, Royal Commonwealth Society;Chairman, the National Literacy Trust; Chancellor ,De Montfort University; member of the Arts Council and President, United Kingdom Council for International Students. She has also served as non- executive director of Channel 4 and ITV.
She is passionate about promoting intercultural relations, diversity and equality. She has keen interest in the arts,culture and international relations.