House of Lords Luncheon – 9th May 2017

House of Lords Luncheon – 9th May 2017

The NCUP patron: The Rt Hon the Baroness Perry of Southwark and Lord Inglewood hosted a banquet luncheon to discuss future prospects for higher education

Download a report of Lord Inglewood’s Speech

Luncheon In the Cholmondeley Room & Terrace
May 9th. 2017, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Our Patron, Baroness Perry of Southwark hosted the NCUP luncheon together with Lord Inglewood.

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Lord Underwood speaking to guests at the House of Lords Luncheon on 9th May 2017 Guests at the House of Lords Luncheon; from left to right NCUP President Professor Margaret J Cox OBE, Professor Clive Coen, Professor Alexander Boksenberg, Professor Derek Clements-Croome


William Richard Fletcher-Vane, The Lord Inglewood MRICS is a barrister and Chartered Surveyor, and has an MA in Land Economy from Trinity College Cambridge. He was a Minister in John Major’s Government, serving as a Whip and Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords in 1995 and as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of National Heritage 1995-97 where he was responsible for broadcasting and heritage. Between 1989-1994 and 1999-2004 he was a Member of the European Parliament where he was the Conservative spokesman on Legal Affairs and Chief Whip in 1994. He was Chairman of the CN Group, an independent local media business based in Carlisle 2002-2016, Chairman of Carr’s Milling Industries PLC 2005-2013, and of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art 2003-2014. Between 2011-2014 he was Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications, and 2014-2015 Chairman of the Select Committee on Extradition Law.

He was a Member of the House of Lords’ Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment 2015-2016, and has been a member of the House of Lords International Relations Committee since 2016. He was a visiting parliamentary fellow at St Antony’s College Oxford 2014-2015. He has been Chairman of the Cumbria Local Nature Partnership since 2013, Chairman of Gen2 since 2016, President of the Ancient Monuments Society since 2015, and President of the British Art Market Federation since 2014. He lives at Hutton-in-the-Forest in Cumbria.


Baroness Perry is an educationalist, a Conservative politician and a member of the British House of Lords. In 1981 she became Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools in England. In 1986 she became Vice-Chancellor of South Bank Polytechnic, and serving during its transition to a university became the first woman in history to run a British university. In 1994 Baroness Perry was Head of Lucy Cavendish College in Cambridge University, following which she became Pro Chancellor of Surrey University, where the Chancellor was the Duke of Kent.

For more than 40 years, Baroness Perry has made a major contribution to Higher Education in many roles, including: President of the Foundation for Higher Education, Chair of Governors and Trustee of Roehampton Institute and chair, trustee and president of many higher education establishments.

Baroness Perry hosted the NCUP House of Lords Luncheon in April 2016 and spoke on “What is the role of Government in Higher Education”. In October 2016 Baroness Perry became the Patron for the National Conference of University Professors.