Lords Minister

Baroness Williams of Trafford


Baroness Williams was appointed Lords Minister on 14 February 2020. She is a Conservative member of the House of Lords. She was previously Minister of State at the Home Office from 17 July 2016 to 14 February 2020.


Baroness Williams was educated at La Sagesse High School and the University of Huddersfield, from which she was awarded a BSc in applied nutrition.

Political career

Baroness Williams was a member of Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council between 1998 and 2011, serving as leader of the Conservative group between 2002 and 2009 and as Council Leader between 2004 and 2009. She was raised to the peerage in 2013. She previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government from May 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

Baroness Williams was a non-executive director of the North West Development Agency between 2007 and 2011 and was the Chair (North West) of the Heritage Lottery Fund between 2011 and 2012. She has also served on the board of the Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company and as a member of the Greater Manchester Police Authority.

More recently she was a director of the North West Rail Campaign and executive director of Atlantic Gateway.

Personal life

Baroness Williams is married and has a son and 2 daughters.

Lords Minister

The Lords Minister has responsibility for:

  • overall corporate lead including Spending Review and Budget
  • data and identity
  • enablers
  • digital and technology including the emergency services network
  • public appointments
  • sponsorship unit
  • countering extremism
  • hate crime
  • forensic science and DNA

More about this role

Home Office

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Equalities)
  2. Minister of State (Minister for Countering Extremism)
  3. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the Northern Powerhouse)
  4. Baroness in Waiting (Government Whip)


  1. Home Office grants £14 million funding for security at Jewish institutions
  2. Places of worship scheme provides record levels of funding
  3. Government brings LGBT charity leaders together to grow the sector
  4. Minister for Equalities Baroness Williams speaking at the Government Equalities Office's LGBT Leadership Summit
  5. Minister for Equalities congratulates Essex GP Surgery for winning Gold Award in trailblazing programme for LGBT patients
  6. Leeds GP Practice receives Gold Award in trailblazing programme for LGBT+ patients
  7. Minister for Equalities awards Lewisham GP Practice for trailblazing programme for LGBT patients
  8. Building a Stronger Britain Together boosts community resilience
  9. Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme now open
  10. £770,000 awarded through Building a Stronger Britain Together