Frances D'Souza, Baroness D'Souza
|The Right Honourable
The Baroness D'Souza
1 September 2011
|Preceded by||Baroness Hayman|
|Convener of the Crossbench Peers|
6 November 2007 – 31 August 2011
|Preceded by||The Lord Williamson of Horton|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Laming|
|Member of the House of Lords|
|Born||Frances Gertrude Claire Russell
18 April 1944
Sussex, England, UK
|Crossbench (until 2011)|
|Spouse(s)||Stanislaus Joseph D'Souza
(d. 1959–74, m. 2003)
Martin John Griffiths (d. 1985–93)
|Committees||Procedure Committee (2005–)
Administration and Works (2007–11)
Frances Gertrude Claire D'Souza, Baroness D'Souza, CMG PC (born 18 April 1944) is a British scientist and life peer in the House of Lords. She is currently Lord Speaker, having taken office on 1 September 2011.
Early life, education and early career
Frances Gertrude Claire Russell, the daughter of Robert Anthony Gilbert and Pauline (née Parmet) Russell, was educated at St Mary's School, Princethorpe and went to University College, London to read Anthropology, graduating BSc in 1970. She subsequently undertook further study at Lady Margaret Hall, obtaining the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) in 1976 from the University of Oxford. She worked for the Nuffield Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition from 1973–77, Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University) from 1977–80, and was an independent research consultant for the United Nations from 1985-88.
In 1959 she married Dr. Stanislaus D'Souza; they had two children, but divorced in 1974. From 1985-1993 she was married to Martin Griffiths. In 2003 she and her first husband remarried. Their daughter is the journalist Christa D'Souza.
D'Souza was invested as a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1999.
House of Lords
D'Souza was created a life peer as Baroness D'Souza, of Wychwood in the County of Oxfordshire on 1 July 2004. She sat as a Crossbencher in the House of Lords, where she was the Convenor of the Crossbench Peers from 2007 to 2011 with attendance "well above average".
- "DodOnline". Retrieved 19 October 2006.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
The Lord Williamson of Horton
|Convenor of the Crossbench Peers
The Lord Laming
The Baroness Hayman
|Order of precedence in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland|
Princess Alexandra, The Hon Lady Ogilvy
The Dowager Duchess of Norfolk
|Order of precedence in Scotland|
Ambassadors and High Commissioners
to the United Kingdom
Tricia Marwick MSP
(Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament)
|Officers of the House of Commons and the House of Lords|
|House of Commons||House of Lords|
|Speaker||John Bercow||Lord Speaker||The Baroness D'Souza|
|Leader of the House of Commons||Andrew Lansley||Leader of the House of Lords||The Lord Hill of Oareford|
|Serjeant at Arms||Lawrence Ward||Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod||Lt-Gen. David Leakey|
|Clerk of the House and Chief Executive||Sir Robert Rogers||Clerk of the Parliaments||David Beamish|