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The Rt Hon Baroness Stowell of Beeston MBE Biography

Tina Stowell - The Rt Hon Baroness Stowell of Beeston MBE

Tina Stowell is an independent non-affiliated member of the House of Lords.  She was Chair of the Charity Commission until the end of February 2021, and is a former Cabinet Minister, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal.  

She has a track record of modernising institutions and making change happen in a way that brings conflicting sides together and avoids success becoming a zero-sum game.  From piloting the equal marriage legislation through the House of Lords – receiving awards from The Spectator as well as Pink News; to transforming the Charity Commission from a technocratic function of the state into a modern democratic institution serving all parts of the public so everyone remains willing to support the special status charities rely on to survive. When leading others to make big change happen, she combines her experience of what it means to be in charge with an understanding of people who feel distant from or uncertain of those in power. 

Before becoming a peer in January 2011 she spent nine years at the BBC where she was latterly Head of Corporate Affairs.  Before that she ran William Hague’s office when he was Leader of the Conservative Party.  During two years away from the world of government and politics in the late 90s she worked in a range of places, including Granda Media and a short spell with Sir David Frost at Paradine, his independent television and film production company.  From the mid 80s to the mid 90s she was a civil servant and worked at the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall, the British Embassy in Washington, and the Downing Street Press Office. 

Tina was born and brought up in Beeston, just outside of Nottingham.  After leaving school at 16 she attended the local FE college and then moved to London aged 18 to join the civil service as a secretary. 

As well as being a member of the House of Lords, she currently sits on the boards of ABTA (the travel group) and Impellam Group plc (a recruitment and staffing business). 

Tina is a Windsor Leadership alumna from our 2019 Strategic Leaders Consultation.


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