Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict

The Rt Hon Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE

Biography

Baroness Anelay was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in August 2014. From July to October 2016 she had additional responsibility at the Department for International Development. Baroness Anelay is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.

Education

She was educated at Enfield County School and Bristol, London and Brunel Universities.

Political career

Baroness Anelay was raised to the peerage in 1996 and served as an Opposition Spokesperson for various departments until being appointed Opposition Chief Whip in 2007. She was appointed the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict in June 2015. Prior to this she was Chief Whip in the House of Lords and Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms. She was made a Privy Counsellor in 2009.

Career outside politics

Baroness Anelay was a history teacher between 1969 and 1974 and served as a magistrate between 1985 and 1997. She was also associated with the Citizens Advice Bureau in Woking from 1976 to 2010, including periods as a voluntary adviser, Chairman of the Management Committee and President of the CAB.

Personal Life

Baroness Anelay has been married to Richard Anelay QC since 1970.

Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Responsibilities include:

  • all FCO business in the Lords
  • the Commonwealth (as an institution)
  • Overseas Territories (excluding Falklands, SBAs and Gibraltar)
  • the Caribbean
  • human rights
  • the UN, international organisations, peacekeeping and the International Criminal Court
  • climate change
  • international energy security policy

Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict

The Prime Minister’s Special Representative (PMSR) on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict works with governments, the UN, civil society and others to:

  • strengthen accountability and tackle impunity
  • provide greater support for survivors
  • ensure gender equality is fully integrated in all peace and security efforts
  • deliver a more effective multilateral response to crimes of sexual violence in conflict

The PMSR will also promote and implement the commitments of the June 2014 Global Summit.

In addition to continuing the international campaign to raise awareness, the PMSR chairs the cross-Whitehall ministerial committee which brings together the FCO, DFID, MoD and the Home Office. The committee looks at implementation of UK commitments as well as what additional support we can provide politically and practically to key partners in order to secure measurable progress. The PMSR will also chair the PSVI Steering Board with NGOs, academia and experts.

The PMSR will undertake these activities on behalf of the Prime Minister and will report to her.

Previous roles in government

  1. Interim Minister of State for Trade and Investment

    • 2016 to 2016
  2. Lords Chief Whip and Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms

    • 2010 to 2014

Announcements

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  1. Baroness Anelay strengthens UK-Caribbean relationship with visit

    • Press release
  2. UK welcomes vote defending role of UN Expert

    • News story
  3. Baroness Anelay promotes human rights on first visit to Central America and Mexico

    • Press release
  4. FCO celebrates annual Human Rights Day

    • News story
  5. Marking Human Rights Day

    • Speech
  6. Baroness Anelay opens conference on tackling the stigma of sexual violence

    • News story
  7. Baroness Anelay welcomes progress at the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee

    • News story
  8. UK welcomes vote defending role of UN Expert

    • Press release
  9. Baroness Anelay speech at International Criminal Court Assembly of State Parties

    • Speech
  10. UK and Sri Lanka share common interests in security and trade

    • Speech