Ajay Kakkar, Baron Kakkar

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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
In office
1 October 2013 – 25 October 2018
Preceded byThe Lord Jay of Ewelme
Succeeded byThe Lord Bew
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
22 March 2010
Life Peerage
Personal details
Ajay Kumar Kakkar

(1964-04-28) 28 April 1964 (age 55)
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). Son of Prof Vijay Kakkar, pioneer in the use of low-molecular weight heparin therapy[1], he followed in his footsteps as a surgeon and medical researcher. 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,[2] 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,[3] 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,[4] and introduced in the House of Lords the same day.[5] He sits on the crossbenches.

He was Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission from 2013 to 2018.[6][7][8]

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.[9]

He is a member of the Athenaeum Club.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Hagerty, James R. "Vijay Kakkar Helped Prevent Deadly Blood Clots During Surgery". WSJ. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  2. ^ Thrombosis Research Institute Archived 23 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 May 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "No. 59372". The London Gazette. 25 March 2010. p. 5233.
  5. ^ Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Lords, Westminster (22 March 2010). "Lords Hansard text for 22 March 2010". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  6. ^ Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Lords, Westminster (22 March 2010). "Lords Appointments". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Message from the Chairman". House of Lords Appointments Commission. Archived from the original on 17 February 2010.
  8. ^ "House of Lords Appointment Commission". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Revealed: the business men selling the UK to the world". The Telegraph. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
Other offices
Preceded by
The Lord Jay of Ewelme
Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission
Succeeded by
The Lord Bew
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Hall of Birkenhead
Baron Kakkar
Followed by
The Lord Bichard