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PRESS RELEASE : Conservative Party Political Member appointed to the House of Lords Appointments Commission [December 2022]

The press release issued by the Cabinet Office on 15 December 2022.

Baroness Noakes DBE has been appointed as the Conservative Party Member for the House of Lords Appointments Commission.

Baroness Noakes will commence the role on 1st January 2023, after Baroness Browning’s term comes to an end.

The Baroness Noakes DBE

The Baroness Noakes DBE was made a life peer in 2000. In 2001, she served as the Opposition Spokesperson for Work and Pension and Health, in 2003 serving as the Opposition Spokesperson for The Treasury, before working on a number of Lords Committees. Prior to becoming a peer she served as a Partner at KPMG, Director of Finance of the NHS Management Executive and a member of the Court of the Bank of England (Director of the Bank of England). She currently sits on the Economic Affairs Committee, Finance Committee, and the Finance Bill Sub-Committee in the House of Lords.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Oliver Dowden, welcomed Baroness Noakes’s appointment, saying:

I would like to congratulate Baroness Noakes on her appointment to the House of Lords Appointments Commission and I am grateful to Baroness Browning for her excellent service over the last five years. Baroness Noakes brings to the role a depth of experience and commitment to public service that will be of huge value to the Commission.


The House of Lords Appointments Commission (HOLAC) has two main functions:

  • to recommend individuals for appointment as non-party political life peers;
  • and to vet nominations for life peers, including those nominated by the UK political parties, to ensure the highest standards of propriety.