Ajay Kakkar, Baron Kakkar

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Kakkar
Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission
Assumed office
3 October 2016
Preceded byChristopher Stephens
Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission
Assumed office
19 July 2013
Preceded byThe Lord Jay
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
22 March 2010
Life Peerage
Personal details
BornAjay Kumar Kakkar
(1964-04-28) 28 April 1964 (age 54)
Alma materKing's College London
Imperial College London

Ajay Kumar Kakkar, Baron Kakkar, PC (born 28 April 1964) is Professor of Surgery at University College London.

He was educated at Alleyn's School, King's College London (BSc Basic Medical Science with Pharmacology, 1985; MBBS, 1988) and Imperial College London (PhD, 1998). He has research interests in the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolic disease and cancer-associated thrombosis and, in particular, the role of antithrombotic therapy in prolonging survival in cancer and the role of coagulation serine proteases in tumour biology.

Kakkar is Chair of UCLPartners, the Academic Health Science Partnership, Director of the Thrombosis Research Institute,[1] London, and lectures and publishes widely on his specialism. He has worked with the NHS on its strategy to prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE).

Among the awards Kakkar has received are Hunterian Professor, Royal College of Surgeons of England 1996, the David Patey Prize, Surgical Research Society of Great Britain and Ireland 1996, the Knoll William Harvey Prize, International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis 1997 and the James IV Association of Surgeons Fellow 2006. He is a Commissioner of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Chair of the Board of Governors at Alleyn's School,[2] Dulwich, and a Trustee of the Dulwich Estate.

Kakkar was created a life peer on 22 March 2010 as Baron Kakkar, of Loxbeare in the County of Devon,[3] and introduced in the House of Lords the same day.[4] He sits on the crossbenches.

He is Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission.[5][6]

Kakkar has been noted for his work promoting British business as an ambassador for the United Kingdom. He has taken 11 trips in 2014 to promote business relations.[7]

He is a member of the Athenaeum Club.


  1. ^ Thrombosis Research Institute Archived February 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ http://www.alleyns.org.uk/school.aspx?sid=2
  3. ^ "No. 59372". The London Gazette. 25 March 2010. p. 5233.
  4. ^ Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Lords, Westminster (2010-03-22). "Lords Hansard text for 22 March 2010". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  5. ^ Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Lords, Westminster (2010-03-22). "Lords Appointments". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  6. ^ "Message from the Chairman". House of Lords Appointments Commission. Archived from the original on 2010-02-17.
  7. ^ "Revealed: the business men selling the UK to the world". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-10-31.
Preceded by
The Lord Jay of Ewelme
Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission