Tina Stowell is Baroness Stowell of Beeston. She was Leader of the House of Lords and a member of David Cameron’s Cabinet until the summer of 2016. She has been a peer since January 2011 and during her five years in Government was involved in a wide range of legislation, most notably as the Minister who successfully led the Equal Marriage Bill through the House of Lords.
Before becoming a peer 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 spent three years in the British Embassy in Washington and five years in the Downing Street Press Office.
Tina was born and brought up in Beeston, just outside of Nottingham. After leaving school at 16 she trained to be a secretary at a local FE college and then moved to London aged 18 to join the civil service as a secretary. Having worked ‘through the ranks’ all the way to the Cabinet without a degree, she’s a strong advocate of quality technical education and re-establishing a range of routes for your people to achieve their own version of success.
She was awarded the MBE when still in her 20s and just before she turned 50 she finally received some higher education credentials when Nottingham University awarded her an honorary doctorate.
Brexit having affected her own working life last summer, she is keenly interested in the causes of it and what those of us in powerful positions need to do differently to address the social divides it exposed. Tina remains an active member of the House of Lords, sits on the boards of ABTA, Impellam Group plc and Crimestoppers, and is an independent strategic and communications consultant.