Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne is a Peer of the Realm and a member of the House of Lords.
She serves as the Prime Minister, Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, The Republic of Iraq and Turkmenistan and co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Foreign Affairs and the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict. She is a member of the Conservative Party.
In her private time she chairs the AMAR International Charitable Foundation, the Asociatia Children’s High Level Group in Romania and The Booker Prize for Russian Fiction. She is President of AMAR US, AMAR Lebanon and IBBC (the Iraq Britain Business Council). She is Vice Chairman of the Man Booker Prize for English Fiction and Patron of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She is Vice President of the Mary Hare School for Deaf Children. From 1974 – 1985 she was a Director of Save the Children and prior to that spent a decade on computer software development.
She was elected to the House of Commons in 1987 where she was the Conservative MP for Torridge and West Devon. Baroness Nicholson served as Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1983 – 1987. She was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997.
In 1999 she was elected to the South East Region of the European Parliament and re-elected in 2004 – 2009. She then sat in the Parliamentary Council of Europe in Strasbourg from 2011 – 2014.
She studied at The Royal Academy of Music after which she entered the IT industry where she developed computer software, built computer systems and managed contracts in the UK and Africa.
She has been awarded seven Honorary Doctorates has published 2 books and edited various others.
She is a member of The Reform Club and The Royal Overseas League.