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.
Richard Napier Luce, Baron Luce KG GCVO PC DL was Lord Chamberlain to HM The Queen from 2000 to 2006, and has been Governor of Gibraltar, a Conservative Member of Parliament and Government Minister.
Lord Luce was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham between 1992 and 1996. In 1997, he was appointed Governor of Gibraltar, an office he held until 2000, and he was created a Life Peer, on 2 October 2000 as Baron Luce, of Adur in the County of West Sussex.
In 2000 he was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) and became Lord Chamberlain in HM The Queen's Royal Household. The Lord Chamberlain is the Head of the Royal Household.
Lord Luce was appointed a Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter on 23 April 2008. The Order of the Garter is the highest Order of Chivalry in the United Kingdom and is in the personal bestowal of HM The Queen. The membership of the Order of the Garter is limited to twenty four at any one time, and this number excludes the British Royal Family and foreign royal families who are members.
On 26 April 2012 Lord Luce was appointed by David Cameron, the Prime Minister, as the Chair of the Crown Nominations Commission for the See of Canterbury, the commission set up to nominate the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.
Lord Luce is President of the Voluntary Arts Network and The Royal Over-Seas League and is High Steward of Westminster Abbey
Lord Tom McNally was appointed a Life Peer in 1995 and became deputy-spokesman on Broadcasting. In 2004 Lord McNally was elected unopposed to be leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.
He is a Fellow of University College London, the Royal Society of Arts, the Institute of Public Relations, and the Industry and Parliament Trust. He is President of the St. Albans Liberal Democrats, a member of the National Liberal Club and Vice President of St. Albans City Football Club.
He has lived in St. Albans for the last seventeen years whilst retaining strong family ties with both Blackpool and Liverpool. His hobbies are watching sport, reading political biographies and having adventures with his children.
The Lord Judd is a Labour Life peer sitting in the House of Lords since 1991. He previously sat in the House of Commons as MP for Portsmouth North and Portsmouth West.
Lord Judd was a junior minister for the Royal Navy (1974–1976), Minister for Overseas Development (1976–1977), and Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1977 to 1979. Director of Oxfam (1985–91), Judd was made a life peer on 10 June 1991 with the title Baron Judd, of Portsea in the County of Hampshire. In the Lords he is a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights.
Lord Judd was member of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly from 1970 to 1973 and again from 1997 to 2005, where he became rapporteur on Chechnya and visited Grozny several times.
Timothy “Tim” Boswell, Baron Boswell of Aynho was born on 2 December 1942 and was the Member of Parliament for Daventry from 1987 until he retired at the 2010 general election. The son of a farmer, Tim was educated at Marlborough College and New College, Oxford, where he obtained a degree in Classics and a diploma in agricultural economics.
Tim was a member of the Agriculture Select Committee in 1987. He became the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury Peter Lilley in 1989 he entered John Major’s government in 1990 as an Assistant Government Whip, following the 1992 General Election he was promoted within the Whip’s Office and became a Lord Commissioner to the Treasury. In December 1992, he was appointed Parliamentary under Secretary of State at the Department of Education and moved in the same position at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food until the Major government fell at the 1997 General Election.
Tim has been re-appointed as Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees and thus as Chairman of the House of Lords European Union Committee. He has performed the role since May 2012.