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Baroness Wilcox

Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Business, Innovation and Skills

Portfolio

Covers all BIS business in the Lords, intellectual property (including the IPO).

Biography

Judith Wilcox, Baroness Wilcox, was born in 1940 and educated at St Dunstan's Abbey, Devon and then St Mary's Convent, Wantage, with further education at Plymouth Polytechnic.

She has had a substantial business career including running a family business in Devon and acting as President of Pecheries de la Morinie from 1989-91 and Chair of Morinie et Cie from 1991-94, both in France.

Baroness Wilcox has held a number of long-standing non-executive roles including at the Automobile Association, Port of London Authority, Cadbury Schweppes (where she launched their first corporate social responsibility report), Carpetright and Johnson Services.

She was chair of the National Consumer Council from 1990 to 1996.

In 1996 she was made a life peer as Baroness Wilcox, of Plymouth in the County of Devon. Her Lords career includes acting as Opposition Whip from 2002-05 and various roles as Opposition Spokesperson: Treasury 2003-05, Cabinet Office 2005-06, Trade and Industry/Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform 2006-08, and Energy and Climate Change 2008-10.

She was a member of the science and technology Select Committee from 2000-02 and various science and technology subcommittees, including chairing a sub committee on the aircraft cabin environment. She was also a member of the European Union sub-committee from 1997-2000.

She has held office in the following all-party groups: Vice-chair, Fisheries Group 2004-; Patron, Corporate Governance Group 2004-; and Vice-chair, Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Group 2009-.

Her political interests include the fishing and marine industries, consumer affairs and finance. Personal interests include sailing, bird watching and calligraphy.