Usha Prashar, Baroness Prashar of Runnymede CBE PC, has been Chair of Trustees at Cumberland Lodge since 9 January 2019, when Sir Stephen Wall stepped down after 10 years in the role.

Baroness Prashar was previously a member of our Board for ten years, serving on our Academic Advisory Panel, and she was the founding Patron of the Friends of Cumberland Lodge.

A crossbench member of the House of Lords, she has served as a director or chair of a variety of public and private sector organisations.

She was the first Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission, Chair of the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Home Affairs, and a member of the Advisory Committee on Freedom of Information, the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

Prior to these more recent roles, Baroness Prashar was 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 also 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 is a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation, President of Community Foundation Network, and President of the Royal Commonwealth Society, having previously served as the Society’s Chair.

CBE, PC
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Chair of Trustees