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Valerie Ann Amos, Baroness Amos of Brondesbury (1954-), Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission; Government Whip, House of Lords

Sitter in 2 portraits
Born in Guyana, Valerie Amos studied at the Universities of Warwick, Birmingham and East Anglia. After working in Equal Opportunities, Training and Management Services in local government in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Camden and Hackney, she became Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission (1989-94). Created a Life Peer in 1997. Joined the Cabinet as International Development Secretary before becoming Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council in October 2003 and at this time was appointed a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.