Natalie Evans, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park


Natalie Jessica Evans, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, MBE, PC (born 29 November 1975) is a British politician serving as Leader of the House of Lords since 2016. A member of the Conservative Party, she was made a life peer in 2014 and is the first Leader of the House of Lords to serve under two different prime ministers since Lord Shepherd in 1974.


The Baroness Evans of Bowes Park

Official portrait, 2018
Leader of the House of Lords
Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal
Assumed office
14 July 2016
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded byThe Baroness Stowell of Beeston
Baroness-in-Waiting
Government Whip
In office
8 May 2015  13 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byThe Baroness Jolly
Succeeded byThe Baroness Goldie
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
28 October 2014
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1975-11-29) 29 November 1975 (age 45)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)James Wild
Alma materNew Hall, Cambridge

Early life and education


Evans was born on 29 November 1975. She was educated at Rockport School, The Henrietta Barnett School and at New Hall, Cambridge, where she studied social and political sciences and graduated in 1998.[1][2][3]

Career


Evans worked as a researcher for the House of Commons and then for the Social Market Foundation,[4] a public policy think tank which aims to "champion ideas that marry a pro-market orientation with concern for social justice".[5] She moved to the Conservative Research Department in 1999, eventually becoming its deputy director.[1][4] In 2002, she was appointed head of policy at the Investor Relations Society "with a remit to help the Society play a leading role in influencing UK legislation, in particular the Financial Services Authority's review of the listing rules and regulations covering analyst research."[4] She later became its general manager.[6] In 2004, she became head of health and protection at the Association of British Insurers (2004–06),[6][7] and then worked as head of policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (2006–08).[3]

In 2008, Evans became deputy director at Policy Exchange,[3] a centre-right think tank.[8] In May 2010, she stood for election to the London Borough of Haringey as a Conservative Party candidate to be one of three councillors in the Bounds Green ward; she achieved 647 votes and was not elected.[9] On 5 November 2010, as deputy director at Policy Exchange, she introduced Home Secretary Theresa May at a speech about immigration hosted by the think tank.[10]

In 2011, Evans left Policy Exchange to become chief operating officer at the New Schools Network.[3] She was then its director from January 2013 until May 2015.[11] The New Schools Network is a registered charity, and supports groups who wish to set up free schools.[12]

House of Lords

Evans at the Lords' dispatch box in 2021

She was made life peer as Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, of Bowes Park in the London Borough of Haringey, on 12 September 2014.[13] Baroness Evans was formally introduced to the House of Lords along with Lord Cashman on 28 October 2014.[14] She was, at the time, the youngest female peer.[11]

Evans served as a government whip in the House of Lords during the 2015 government, and spoke briefly in January 2016 about how "education must be at the heart of our prison system if we are to rehabilitate effectively".[15][16] On 14 July 2016 Baroness Evans was appointed to the post of Leader of the House of Lords by then prime minister, Theresa May.[17] She remained in that office when Boris Johnson became Prime Minister in July 2019,

Personal life


Her husband James Wild was employed as a Special Adviser by Sir Michael Fallon MP, when he served as Secretary of State for Defence.[18] He was elected the MP for North West Norfolk at the 2019 United Kingdom general election.

References


  1. "Baroness Evans of Bowes Park - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  2. Cambridge University List of Members, 1996
  3. "Evans of Bowes Park, Baroness (Natalie Jessica Evans)", Who's Who (online ed., Oxford University Press, December 2019). Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  4. "IRS hires Evans in bid to forge links and raise profile", PRWeek, 16 August 2002.
  5. "Home, The Social Market Foundation (SMF) think tank - Social Market Foundation". Social Market Foundation. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  6. Tom Williams, "Workman lands GM job at the IRS", PRWeek, 23 April 2004. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  7. "Dines takes top Chambers post", PRWeek, 28 September 2006. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  8. Andy Beckett, "What can they be thinking?", The Guardian, 26 September 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  9. "Bounds Green ward results 2010", Haringey Votes (London Borough of Haringey). Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  10. "Immigration: Home Secretary's speech of 5 November 2010 - Speeches - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  11. "Storm as Tory party donors given peerages". Yorkshire Post. 9 August 2014 via LexisNexis.
  12. Wintour, Patrick (8 August 2014). "David Cameron in spotlight over two more peerages to Tory party donors". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  13. "No. 60992". The London Gazette. 18 September 2014. p. 18154.
  14. "Parliament UK: Parliamentary Calendar". services.parliament.uk. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  15. "Prime Minister's Office". The Times (1st National ed.). 23 May 2015. pp. 78–79 via LexisNexis.
  16. "Former inmate Lord Hanningfield calls for more prisoner education - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk". Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  17. Sparrow, Andrew; Johnston, Chris (14 July 2016). "May's cabinet reshuffle: Michael Gove sacked and replaced with Elizabeth Truss - live updates". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  18. "Baroness Evans of Bowes Park". UK Parliament. Retrieved 15 January 2017.