Responsibility for: Africa; Commonwealth; Caribbean; Overseas Territories; Consular Issues; FCO Personnel.
Valerie Amos was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs on 11 June 2001.
Baroness Amos is one of the Government’s spokespersons in the House of Lords on Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and is the principal spokesperson in the House of Lords on International Development. She was previously a Government Whip in the House of Lords from 1998 to 2001 and also a spokesperson on Social Security, International Development and Women’s Issues.
Baroness Amos was created a Life Peer in August 1997. She was awarded an Honorary Professorship at Thames Valley University in 1995 in recognition of her work on equality and social justice and holds honorary doctorates in Law from the Universities of Manchester, Warwick and Staffordshire. Baroness Amos has particular experience working and consulting at senior and top levels in organisations and was the Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission from 1989 to 1994.
In the UK, Baroness Amos has been a commentator on public policy issues and has also been a member of a range of charities and committees including Deputy Chair of the Runnymede Trust, Trustee VSO and Project Hope, Non-Executive Director of University College London Hospitals Trust and a Director of Hampstead Theatre. In South Africa, she was an adviser to the Government on public service transformation, human resource development, employment equity and human rights between 1995-1998.