Press release

Working peerages announced: 2014

A list of the latest peerages bestowed by The Queen.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


The Queen has been graciously pleased to signify her intention of conferring Peerages of the United Kingdom for Life upon the following:

Working Peers

Conservative Party

  • Karren Brady CBE – Vice-Chairman of West Ham FC; Senior Non-Executive Director of the Syco and Arcadia Brands; Small Business Ambassador for the Conservative Party; and member of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Women in Sport Advisory Board

  • Martin Callanan – former Conservative Member of the European Parliament for the North East of England; former Leader of the Conservative MEPs and of the European Conservatives and Reformists group

  • Carlyn Chisholm – senior volunteer in the Conservative Party; Co-Chairman of the Conservative Candidates Committee; former nurse

  • Andrew Cooper – former Director of Political Operations to the Conservative Party; founder and Board Director of Populus

  • Natalie Evans – Director of New Schools Network, an independent educational charity established to provide free advice and support for groups wanting to set up free schools

  • Michael Farmer – Founding Partner of RK Mine Finance Group; Trustee of the Kingham Hill Trust; Treasurer of the Conservative Party

  • Dido Harding – Chief Executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC

  • Arminka Helic – government special adviser; leading adviser to government on preventing sexual violence in conflict

  • Nosheena Mobarik CBE – businesswoman; former Chairman of CBI Scotland; founder and convener of the Scotland Pakistan Network; Chairman of the Pakistan Britain Trade and Investment Forum

  • Sir Stuart Rose – former Chief Executive and Chairman of Marks and Spencer PLC

  • Joanna Shields OBE – leading technology industry executive and entrepreneur; the Prime Minister’s Digital Adviser; Chair of Tech City UK; and Non-Executive Director of the London Stock Exchange

  • Ranbir Suri – businessman; former General Secretary of the Board of British Sikhs

Labour Party

  • Michael Cashman CBE – Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands constituency; equality rights campaigner; former actor

  • Chris Lennie – political strategist; former Deputy Secretary General of the Labour Party

  • Dame Gail Rebuck – businesswoman, publisher, chairman of Penguin Random House UK

Liberal Democrat Party

  • Chris Fox - Director of Group Communications for GKN; former Chief Executive of the Liberal Democrats

  • Cllr David Goddard – elected Member of Stockport Metropolitan Council; former Leader of Stockport Council; former Member of the Greater Manchester Police Authority; former Non-Executive Director of Manchester International Airport

  • Cllr Barbara Janke – elected Member and former Leader of Bristol City Council; former teacher

  • Cllr Kath Pinnock – elected Member and former Leader of Kirklees Council

  • Paul Scriven – managing partner for Scriven Consulting; former elected Member and Leader of Sheffield City Council; former senior NHS manager

  • Cllr Dr Julie Smith – elected Member of Cambridge City Council; Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at Cambridge University; Fellow of Robinson College

Democratic Unionist Party

  • William Hay MLA – Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly

NB – Mr Hay has elected to sit on the crossbenches.

Notes to editors

The House of Lords Appointments Commission has scrutinised all nominations for peerages announced today.

The commission is a non-statutory advisory body with responsibility for vetting nominations for life peers, including those nominated by the UK political parties, to ensure the highest standards of propriety. The commission plays no part in assessing the suitability of those nominated by the political parties, which is a matter for the parties themselves. Its role is to advise the Prime Minister, having carried out a range of checks, if it has any concerns about the propriety of an individual.

Find further information on the House of Lords Appointments Commission website.

Published 8 August 2014