Member of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments

The Rt Hon Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke



Baroness (Helen) Liddell of Coatdyke was appointed to ACOBA in 2013. She was MP for Monklands East from 1994 to 1997, and then for Airdrie and Shotts until 2005. She held a number of ministerial positions including Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Energy Minister and Minister of State for Transport before becoming Secretary of State for Scotland from 2001 to 2003.

She was British High Commissioner to Australia until 2009 and was made a life peer in 2010. Baroness Liddell was part of the review of the circumstances surrounding the helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre at the request of the Coalition Government and was on the Joint Committee on the Prevention of Terrorism. She is also a member of the House of Lords European Scrutiny Committee dealing with Justice and Consumer Affairs.

Member of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments

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.