Tina Stowell, Baroness Stowell of Beeston

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The Right Honourable
The Baroness Stowell of Beeston
The Baroness Stowell.jpg
Leader of the House of Lords
Lord Privy Seal
In office
15 July 2014 – 14 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Deputy The Earl Howe
Preceded by The Lord Hill of Oareford (Leader of the House of Lords)
Andrew Lansley (Lord Privy Seal)
Succeeded by The Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
10 January 2011
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1967-07-02) 2 July 1967 (age 50)
Beeston, England, UK
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Broxtowe College

Tina Wendy Stowell, Baroness Stowell of Beeston, MBE PC (born 2 July 1967) is a Conservative politician and member of the House of Lords.[1]

Baroness Stowell served as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal under David Cameron, she was succeeded by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 14 July 2016.

Early life and education[edit]

Stowell grew up in Beeston, Nottinghamshire, her father was a painter/decorator and her mother worked in a local factory. She attended Chilwell Comprehensive School, where she gained five O-levels, followed by Broxtowe College in Beeston.[2]


After leaving college, Stowell worked at the Ministry of Defence between 1986 and 1988, she was then employed at the British Embassy in the United States until 1991, before transferring to the No. 10 Press Office, where she served under the then-Prime Minister John Major. In recognition of her performance in this position, she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1996 Birthday Honours.[3]

Following the 1997 general election, Stowell worked at Conservative Party Headquarters during William Hague's tenure as party leader and was his Deputy Chief of Staff.[4][5]

In November 2001, Stowell joined the BBC as deputy secretary, she became Head of Communications for the BBC Trust in 2003, in which capacity she worked for three successive chairmen (Gavyn Davies, Michael Grade, and Sir Michael Lyons). In September 2008 she became the BBC's Head of Corporate Affairs.[6]

Peerage and Parliamentary career[edit]

Stowell was created a Life Peer as Baroness Stowell of Beeston, of Beeston in the County of Nottinghamshire, on 10 January 2011. She was introduced to the House of Lords, where she sits on the Conservative benches, on 13 January 2011.[7][8]

On 18 September 2011, Baroness Stowell was appointed a Baroness-in-Waiting to the Queen, following the promotion of the former Lord-in-Waiting Lord Taylor of Holbeach (who became a junior minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).[9]

In 2013, Baroness Stowell with the guidance of Christopher Briggs was responsible for steering the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales through the House of Lords. She was subsequently, on 7 October 2013, promoted to the post of Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government.[10]

On 2 April 2014, she defended overseas property investors in London in a Parliamentary debate.[11]

In a cabinet reshuffle in July 2014, Baroness Stowell was appointed Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal, she also became a Privy Counsellor. In this capacity, though she was able to attend its meetings, she was not a full member of the Cabinet.

Following the 2015 General Election, Baroness Stowell remained in her role and became a full member of the Cabinet,[12] she was succeeded by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 14 July 2016.[13]

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport selected Stowell to be the new chair of the Charity Commission for England and Wales. However in 2018 the parliamentary Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee at their interview of Stowell unanimously refused to endorse the appointment due to "a complete lack of experience" and a lack of "any real insight, knowledge or vision".[14]

In 2018 the Charity Commission for England and Wales , where Stowell is Chair, is to question The Transformation Trust, a charity where Stowell was a trustee, over staff payments [15]


  • 1967–1996: Miss Tina Stowell
  • 1996–2011: Miss Tina Stowell MBE
  • 2011–2014: The Rt Hon. The Baroness Stowell of Beeston MBE
  • 2014–present: The Rt Hon. The Baroness Stowell of Beeston MBE PC


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Walters, Simon (2014-11-01). "Cake shop girl who became a gay icon (but still has her eye on George Clooney): SIMON WALTERS interviews Tory peer Baroness Stowell". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  3. ^ "No. 54427". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 1996. p. 23. 
  4. ^ "Press Release: Tina Stowell appointed Head of Corporate Affairs at BBC". BBC Trust. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "About Tina Stowell". tinastowell.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Leigh Holmwood (2008-09-04). "Tina Stowell to join BBC management". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  7. ^ "No. 59670". The London Gazette. 13 January 2011. p. 419. 
  8. ^ House of Lords Minute of Proceedings, 13 January 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Crime minister Browning resigns". BBC News. 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  10. ^ "Tory Baroness Stowell who guided equal marriage through the House of Lords promoted to junior minister". PinkNews. 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  11. ^ "Foreign buyers and the housing crisis". www.standard.co.uk. 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  12. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle: Amber Rudd and Sajid Javid promoted". BBC News. 2015-05-11. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  13. ^ http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/lords/baroness-evans-of-bowes-park/4329
  14. ^ Sabbagh, Dan (21 February 2018). "MPs refuse to endorse former Tory minister as head of Charity Commission". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  15. ^ https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/regulator-question-baroness-stowells-former-charity-staff-payments/governance/article/1459092

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Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Hill of Oareford
Leader of the House of Lords
Succeeded by
The Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
Preceded by
Andrew Lansley
Lord Privy Seal
Party political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Hill of Oareford
Leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Lords
Succeeded by
The Baroness Evans of Bowes Park