Usha Prashar, Baroness Prashar of Runnymede CBE PC, has been Chair of Trustees at Cumberland Lodge since 9 January 2019. She succeeded Sir Stephen Wall when he stepped down after 10 years in the role. Baroness Prashar was previously a member of our Board for ten years. She also served on our Academic Advisory Panel and was the founding Patron of the Friends of Cumberland Lodge.
Baroness Prashar is a crossbench member of the House of Lords and served on the European Union Select Committee and chaired its Sub -Committee on Home Affairs. She was also a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights and Select Committee on Economic Regulation.
She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee on Freedom of Information, and of the Joint Committee on Legislative Scrutiny of the draft Parliamentary Buildings Restoration and Renewal Bill, and a non-executive director of Nationwide Building Society.
Outside of Parliament, Baroness Prashar has served as chief executive or chair of a variety of public and private sector organisations.
She was a member of the Iraq Inquiry, Deputy Chair of British Council and the inaugural Chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission. She was also the First Civil Service Commissioner (2000-2005), Chairman of the Parole Board for England and Wales (1997-2000), Director of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (1986-1991), and Director of the Runnymede Trust (1976-84). She was a member of the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice (1991-1993) and was a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (1992-1997).
Baroness Prashar was also President of the Royal Commonwealth Society, having previously served as the Society’s Chair, and she served as a Board member of the Arts Council and Salzburg Global Seminar, where is now a senior fellow.
Today, Baroness Prashar is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation, President of Community Foundation Network, and President of the National Literacy Trust (which she co-founded with Sir Simon Hornby). She is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the IE Business School in Madrid, and Patron of Social Mobility Business Partnerships.