Jean Coussins, Baroness Coussins

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Lady Coussins visiting the University of Salford in 2010.

Jean Elizabeth Coussins, Baroness Coussins (born (1950-10-26)26 October 1950), is a British parliamentarian and an adviser on corporate responsibility.

Lady Coussins is a member of the Advertising Standards Authority, a member of the Better Regulation Commission, and was formerly Chief Executive of the Portman Group, a not–for–profit organisation promoting sensible drinking by consumers and responsible marketing by the drinks industry.

Her interests include:

In February, 2007, the House of Lords Appointments Commission recommended she should be conferred with a Life Peerage as a Crossbencher in Parliament; her title was gazetted as Baroness Coussins, of Whitehall Park in the London Borough of Islington on 23 March, 2007. She has been conferred Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Linguists[2] and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Lady Coussins married, in 1976, Roger J. Hamilton, with whom she has three children.


Lady Coussins' coat of arms is blazoned as follows:

Arms of Jean Coussins, Baroness Coussins
Coronet of a Baroness
Gules on each of two Pallets Argent between three Goblets in fess Or a Pallet Purpure
On either side a Heraldic Dolphin Argent finned Or holding in the beak a Quill Argent spined Or
The three goblets represent the grantee's three children. Together with the chef’s hat they reflect the family's interests and connections with food and drink. The grantee was educated at Godolphin School; hence the dolphins which are shown with quills, alluding to the grantee's academic interests.


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