Baroness Blood MBE
Baroness Blood was born in Belfast and has lived for the past 30 years in the Shankill area of West Belfast. For 39 years she worked in a local mill as a cutter were she became an active trade unionist. Throughout her entire working life she has been a passionate advocate for those living with the effects of poverty, particularly in relation to housing, unemployment and early years education. She is a founder member of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition and also a member of the Coalition Talks Team for the duration of the Multi-Party Peace Talks, which resulted in the Good Friday Agreement.
Baroness O'Cathain OBE
Born in Ireland, Baroness O'Cathain has had a distinguished career in business, serving as Non-Executive Director of Midland Bank, Tesco and British Airways. Since joining the House of Lords in 1991, she has played a very active role in political and public life, serving on the European Union Committee, the Constitution Committee and the Economic Affairs Committee. She takes an interest in business, industry, the economy and Northern Irish affairs, as well as British-Irish relations more generally. Baroness O'Cathain is a powerful advocate of the Northern Irish Peace Process and has worked to advance peace and reconciliation.
Born in Prague, Lord Dubs was one of thousands of children rescued from Europe and brought to the UK during the Kindertransport. He received a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and later went on to be the MP for Battersea South and then Battersea from 1979-87. During his career he worked as a Local Government officer, and served as the Director of the Refugee Council. Following his appointment to the House of Lords in 1994, Lords Dubs has served on a number of committees with a range of interests. He served as a Minister in the Northern Ireland Office from 1997 - 1999.
Baroness Harris of Richmond DL
Baroness Harris was a member of North Yorkshire County Council from 1981 to 2001, and was the first woman to chair the authority in 1991. She was also Chair of the North Yorkshire Police Authority from 1994 to 2001, and formerly served as a Justice of the Peace. Since 1994, she serves as Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, and in 1996 she became a member of the Court of the University of York. A Former Deputy Chair of the Association of Police Authorities, Baroness Harris has a particular interest in policing and has also served as Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chair of Committees in the House of Lords.