Chair, ACOBA

Baroness Angela Browning



Baroness (Angela) Browning was appointed to ACOBA in 2014. She was MP for Tiverton from 1992 to 1997, and for Tiverton and Honiton from 1997 to 2010. She was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Forsyth as Minister of State, Department of Employment, from 1993 to 1994; and Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1994 to 1997. She was made a life peer in 2010.

She’s been Government Spokesperson for the Home Office in the House of Lords, and Minister of State for Crime Prevention and Anti-Social Behaviour Reduction, Home Office (2011). She is a member of the Lords Select Committees on the Arctic, Agriculture and Liaison Committee. She was an Electoral Commissioner from 2010 to 2012.

Before entering Parliament, she was a teacher; auxiliary nurse; and management consultant. She was also director of the Small Business Bureau from 1985 to 1994; Chair of Women Into Business from 1988 to 1992; and a member of the Department of Employment Advisory Committee for Women’s Employment from 1989 to 1992. She is a fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management.

Chair, ACOBA

The role of the committee is to:

  • provide independent advice to the Prime Minister on the application of the government’s Business Appointment Rules to the most senior members of the Civil Service, armed forces, diplomatic service, and intelligence agencies who wish to take up appointments within 2 years of leaving Crown service
  • provide independent advice directly to former ministers on appointments they wish to take up within 2 years of leaving government

See ACOBA’s register of interests for committee members.