BILIMORIA UP FOR PEERAGE
(3 May 2006)
Bilimoria, founder and CEO of Cobra Beer is one of seven new non-party-political
peers recommended by the House of Lords Appointments Commission
it was announced today. Professor Kamlesh Patel, an academic and
government advisor on mental health, drugs and ethnicity is also
among the nominees. As peers, they will sit on the crossbenches
in the Upper House.
Appointments Commission is a non-statutory advisory body set up
by the Prime Minister to make recommendations for non-party-political
peerages.The Commission's remit is to find people of distinction
who will bring authority and expertise to the House of Lords. The
Commission recommends individuals on merit and their ability to
contribute effectively to the work of the House.
new non-party-political peers are:
Colin Low, the blind Chairman of the RNIB and campaigner for disability
rights;He has served on the Government's Disability Rights Task
Force and the Disability Rights Commission. Professor Low is also
an honorary Visiting Professor at the Rehabilitation Resource
Centre at City University.
David Rowe-Beddoe, a leading international businessman who has
played an active role in economic and cultural development in
Wales. Sir David has been Chairman of the Wales Millennium Centre
since 2001. Previously he was Chairman of the Welsh Development
Agency from 1993-2001. Sir David's business career with multi-national
companies includes De La Rue plc and Revlon Inc. Today he is a
Director of a number of companies, President of the Royal Welsh
College of Music and Drama, and Chairman of the Representative
Body of the Church in Wales.
Elizabeth Butler - Sloss, the first woman to become President
of the Family Division of the High Court. Prior to this she sat
on the Court of Appeal and was a High Court Judge in the Family
Division. Dame Elizabeth was Chairman of the Commission for the
Appointment of the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002. She retired
last year as Chairman of the Security Commission and is currently
Chancellor of the University of the West of England.
Geoffrey Dear, previously HM Inspector of Constabulary, with particular
experience in social problems in both urban and rural communities.
Previously he was Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police
Force. He served as Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan
Police until 1985. Sir Geoffrey has considerable experience within
the wider Criminal Justice system, and of social problems in both
urban and rural communities. He is currently non-executive Chairman
of four companies, Deputy Lieutenant of Worcestershire and is
a trustee of several charities.
Kamlesh Patel, an academic and government advisor on mental health,
drugs and ethnicity. Professor Kamlesh Patel, Head of the Centre
for Ethnicity and Health at the University of Central Lancashire.
He is also Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission, National
Director and Chairman of the Government's Black and minority ethnic
Mental Health Programme Board. Professor Patel is also a non-executive
Board Member of the National Treatment Agency and Patron of National
Men's Health Forum.
Karan Bilimoria, a leading young entrepreneur; founder and Chief
Executive of Cobra Beer. Mr Bilimoria has a number of public appointments
including Membership of the Government's National Employment Panel
and UK Chairman of the Indo-British Partnership. He is also a
Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London and the Chancellor of Thames
Molly Meacher, an international expert in employment and welfare
issues. She is Chairman of the East London and City Mental Health
Trust and was formerly Chairman of the Security Industry Authority
and before that Deputy Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority.
She has also worked as Chief Adviser to the Russian Government
on the development of the Federal Employment Service and as Director
of the Campaign for Work. She was a Mental Health Act Commissioner
House of Lords Appointments Commission has now recommended a total
of 36 non-party-political peerages to the Prime Minister.
membership of the House of Lords Appointments Commission was announced
by the Prime Minister on 4th May 2000. The Chairman, Dennis Stevenson,
is a crossbench peer. The Commission comprises two other non-party
political members: Angela Sarkis CBE and Felicity Huston. These
members of the Commission were selected through open competition.
The Commission also includes three members nominated by each of
the three main political parties: Baroness Brenda Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde
(Labour), Lord Douglas Hurd of Westwell (Conservative) and Lord
Navnit Dholakia (Liberal Democrat).