Baroness Frances D’Souza is both a scientist and a politician, and has been a life-long passionate advocate for human rights. She is particularly concerned about the impact of deprivation on the health and wellbeing of children and young people in the UK.
She has lived and worked all around the globe and is aware of the many issues facing children in varying cultures. She studied Anthropology at university and continued on to receive a Doctor of Philosophy in the subject. This led her on a fascinating career path through The Nuffield Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, time spent as an independent research consultant for the United Nations, and several years serving as director for the human rights organisation Article 19.
In 2004, she assumed office in the House of Lords and in 2011 she was elected Lord Speaker. Although her term as Lord Speaker ended in 2016, Baroness D’Souza remains an active member of the House of Lords. She was drawn to The Children’s Alliance through conversations with Steve Franks as well as the evidence assembled to support the Children’s Alliance campaign for the new Cabinet Minister. We are delighted that she has agreed to become our Honorary President. As the position is honorary, she will not have direct duties and responsibilities, however because of her political role in the government, she is in a unique position to champion our cause and we continue to be grateful for her support.