Kay Andrews OBE (Baroness Andrews of Southover)
Baroness Andrews made Doctor of Laws for her contribution to government, education and heritage (Friday afternoon, 20 July 2012).
She is currently Chair of the Commission for English Heritage. She is Deputy Chairman of the House of Lords, a Member of the Select Committee on Delegation and Regulatory Reform, a Member of the Joint Select Committee of both Houses of Parliament for the Reform of the House of Lords, and Chair of the Trustees of the Foundation for Independent Living.
She received her BA in International Politics at the University College of Wales in 1964, and came to Sussex in 1968 to take an MA in Politics, followed by a DPhil at SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, undertaking research into the funding and organisation of education and science in the 19th and 20th centuries.
After Sussex, she was a Senior Research Clerk in the Research Division of the House of Commons Library, and, in 1986, became a Policy Advisor to Neil Kinnock (then leader of the opposition).
Between 1992 and 2003 she was the founder and first Director of the UK-wide educational charity Education Extra, created to ‘put after-school activities and learning within the reach of every child’ as a means of raising achievement, improving schools and supporting families and communities.
She rejoined the Government in 2003 as a Whip with responsibility for health, work and pensions, and education.
Between 2005 and 2009 she was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government, with responsibility for Housing and Regeneration.
She was awarded an OBE in 1998 for services to education, and created Baroness Andrews of Southover in 2000.