Appointment of nominated Commissioners to the Electoral Commission - The Speaker's Committee Contents

Appendix B: Biographical details of Baroness Browning

Angela Browning has considerable experience of the regulatory framework with specific regard to political parties, candidates and elections. She held the position of Shadow Leader of the House from 2000-2001 and, as such, sat on the Speaker's Committee which has direct responsibility for the Electoral Commission. Angela has also served as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party (2005-2007) with overall responsibility for organisation and campaigning. This role included oversight of election finance and electoral administration, including reviewing the financial and resource plans associated with a political party at both the national and local levels. Therefore, Angela has considerable experience of the regulatory framework, and the demands and challenges associated with elections, political parties and candidates, from both the Parliamentary and political party perspective; and she has extensive knowledge of the functions and responsibilities of the Electoral Commission.

Angela has a background in management consultancy, specialising in corporate communication training; and has considerable expertise in both the management and organisational structures of complex organisations, corporate governance and a proven track record in setting the overall strategic direction of such organisations.



Westwood Grammar School

Further Education: Reading College of Technology

Bournemouth College of Technology

Non-Political Career:

Teacher home economics, adult education 1968-74

Auxiliary nurse 1976-77

Self-employed consultant, manufacturing industry 1977-85

Management consultant 1985-94

Director Small Business Bureau 1985-94

Chair Women into Business 1988-92

Member Department of Employment Advisory Committee for Women's Employment 1989-92


Member of Parliament for Tiverton 1992-97; for Tiverton and Honiton 1997-2010

PPS to Michael Forsyth as Minister of State, Department of Employment 1993-94

Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 1994-97

Opposition Spokesperson on Education and Employment 1997-98

Member Shadow Cabinet 1999-2001:

—  Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 1999-2000

—  Shadow Leader of the House and Constitutional Affairs 2000-01, sat on Speaker's Committee overseeing the Electoral Commission

House of Commons Select Committees include:

—  Agriculture 1992-93

—  Modernisation of the House of Commons 2000-01

—  Public Accounts 2004-06; 2007-present

—  Standards and Privileges 2004-06

Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Carers Group 2005-2010

Conservative Party posts include Vice-Chairman 2001-05

Deputy Chairman 2005-07 (responsible for organisation and campaigning 2005-07)

Now a Member of the House of Lords.

Other organisations:

Government Co-chairman, Women's National Commission 1995-97

Former Honorary member of the Institute of Consumer Sciences

Honorary Associate, British Veterinary Association (to 2009)

Vice-Chairman, National Autistic Society

National Vice-President, Alzheimer's Disease Society 1997-present

Vice-President, Institute of Sales and Marketing Management 1997-present

Patron to Research Autism

Patron to The Bournemouth and Poole College Foundation


Active campaigner for special needs education, mental health and rights for the disabled.

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