Baroness Usha Prashar of Runnymede


Baroness Usha Prashar of Runnymede

Baroness Prashar has been Deputy Chair of the British Council since September 2012 and is also a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation and a Trustee of Cumberland Lodge. She became the inaugural Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission in October 2005 –a post she held until September 2010.

From 2000 to 2005 she was the First Civil Service Commissioner. Before that she was Chairman of the Parole Board for England and Wales (1997-2000), Director of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (1986-1991) and Director of the Runnymede Trust (1976-1984). She was also a member of the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice (1991-93) and of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (1992-97).

A Crossbencher in the House of Lords, Baroness Prashar is a member of the European Union Select Committee and of the Privileges Committee. She Chaired the Sub-Committee on Lords’ Interests and was also a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

She was educated at the independent Wakefield Girls' High School, following which she read politics at the University of Leeds and undertook postgraduate studies in social administration at the University of Glasgow.