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Chairman and Members of the Appointments Commission

The non-party political members of the Appointments Commission were appointed through open competition following guidelines set down by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Lord (Ajay) Kakkar (Chairman)

Professor the Lord Kakkar is Professor of Surgery at University College London and Consultant Surgeon University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Lord Kakkar’s research interests focus on the prevention and treatment of venous and arterial thromboembolic disease and cancer associated thrombosis. He was appointed an independent non-party-political peer by the House of Lords Appointments Commission in 2010 and is a member of EU Sub-Committee B. He is Chair of the Health Honours Committee, a member of the General Medical Council and he is a Commissioner of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea.

The non-party political members:

Lord LowLord Low Lord (Colin) Low of Dalston, CBE

Lord Low is the former Chair, now Vice President of RNIB, and President of ICEVI (International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment). Colin Low (CBE) taught Law and Criminology at Leeds University, before becoming Director of the GLC’s Disability Resource Team. He then carried out research into theories of disability as Senior Research Fellow at City University, and was appointed to the crossbenches of the House of Lords by the Commission in 2006. 

Sir Malcolm Ross Sir Malcolm Ross, GCVO, OBE

After 25 years in the Regular Army (Scots Guards) Malcolm Ross joined The Queen's Household where, for the majority of the next 20 years he served as Comptroller of The Lord Chamberlain's Office. He was then Master of the Household of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall before retiring in 2008. Since then he has been Lord-Lieutenant of The Stewartry of Kirkcudbrightshire, Prior of Scotland (Chairman of the Order of St John), and Chairman of the Westminster Group plc.

 Professor Gillian Peele Professor Gillian Peele

Gillian is a Fellow and Tutor in Politics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She has published widely on British, American and comparative government. Her current research interests are focussed on the problems associated with the regulation of public ethics in modern states.

The other members were nominated by the main political parties:


 The Rt. Hon. Lord Clark (David) of Windermere (Labour)

Lord Clarke is a former Minister who served as a Member of Parliament for over 25 years.  He served as Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duch of Lancaster, and held a number of roles in the Shadow Cabinet.  He was appointed a Labour Life Peer in 2001.  He is a visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield, and a Director of Carlisle United Football Club.  He is an Honourary Fellow of Cumbria University, and Chairman of both the Lake District National Park Partnership and the Lake District National Park World Heritage Bid.


Baroness Browning (Conservative) 

Lord Douglas Hurd of Westwell.jpgBaroness Brenda Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde.jpg Baroness (Angela) Browning was a teacher, auxiliary nurse, and management consultant before entering Parliament. She was MP for Tiverton (1992-1997) and for Tiverton and Honiton (1997-2010). She was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Forsyth as Minister of State at the Department of Employment (1993-1994) and Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1994-1997). She was made a life peer in 2010 and was Government Spokesperson for the Home Office in the House of Lords, and Minister of State for Crime Prevention and Anti-Social Behaviour Reduction at the Home Office in 2011. She is a former member of the Public Accounts Committee. She has also been an Electoral Commissioner (2010-2012). She is currently a member of the EU Select Committee and the EU Home Affairs Sub Committee; Vice President of both the National Autistic Society and the Alzheimer’s Society; Vice President of the Institute of Sales and Marketing and a consultant for Cumberlege, Eden and Partners Ltd.  She is also Chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.


Lord Navnit Dholakia.jpg Baroness Ros Scott of Needham Market  Baroness (Rosalind) Scott of Needham Market (Liberal Democrat) 

Baroness Scott was created a Life Peer in 2000 after a career in local government in Suffolk.  In addition to holding significant positions within Suffolk County Council, Baroness Scott has been a senior member of the Local Government Association, Member of the Board of the Audit Commission, and a UK delegate to the European Union Committee of the Regions. Since becoming a Member of the House of Lords, Baroness Scott has held front bench positions as the Liberal Democrat spokesman for Local Government and Communities, and for Transport.   Between 2008 and 2010 she held office as President of the Liberal Democrats.