Denise Kingsmill, Baroness Kingsmill

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Baroness Kingsmill in 2011

Denise Patricia Byrne Kingsmill, Baroness Kingsmill CBE (born 24 April 1947 née Byrne) is a British Labour peer. She was appointed as a life peer in 2006[1] after an early legal career as a solicitor in employment law. She was born in New Zealand and emigrated to Wales during her childhood. She studied at Croesyceiliog School. Baroness Kingsmill holds a degree in Economics and Anthropology from Girton College, Cambridge. Baroness Kingsmill is a member of the Economic Affairs Committee.

While Deputy Chairman of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (later known as The Competition Commission), Baroness Kingsmill chaired 20 inquiries into banking, cruise liners, equity underwriting, energy supply, and other subjects during her time at the Commission. She was appointed to this role in 1996, stepping down in Autumn 2003.[2]

Baroness Kingsmill undertook a number of cases relating to rights of women, while specialising in employment law and also acted in behalf of Peter Wood, founder of Direct Line and other leading business figures. She further undertook two inquiries for the government in gender equality and human capital management.[3]

Baroness Kingsmill was awarded a CBE for her services to competition and employment law in the 2000 New Year Honours.[4]

She was created Baroness Kingsmill, of Holland Park in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on 1 June 2006.[5]

Baroness Kingsmill has been awarded five honorary doctorates from universities across England, Scotland and Wales, including a doctorate from Cranfield University in 2007 in recognition of her distinguished achievements in business and in public life [6]).

Other roles she currently holds include:

  • non-executive director of IAG (International Airlines Group)
  • non-executive director of E.ON (German Energy Company)
  • non-executive director of KornFerry International (world’s largest executive search firm)
  • Member of international advisory board of IESE Business School)
  • Deputy Chairman of the Advisory board at Price Waterhouse Coopers

Baroness Kingsmill also writes a monthly column for Management Today magazine. [7]

Previous roles:

She has held other non-executive director and advisory roles, including Laing O’Rourke, Royal Bank of Scotland and Telewest Communications.

A former partner in a firm of London solicitors, Baroness Kingsmill, along with two other defendants - His Honour Judge Peter Clarke and DJ Freeman & Co Solicitors - was found liable for professional negligence by the Court of Appeal in 2001 for advice given in the late 1980s.[9] Baroness Kingsmill has said that she defends this as a 'professional judgment' which she would take again:[10]


  1. ^ "New working life peers unveiled". BBC News. 11 April 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Denise Kingsmill to Step Down from Competition Commission this Autumn". 2003-06-09. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  3. ^ Finance (2001-12-10). "A hammer for the glass ceiling". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 55710. p. 10. 31 December 1999.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 58003. p. 7729. 6 June 1006.
  6. ^ "Cranfield University 2007 - Honorary Graduates". Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  7. ^ "Denise Kingsmill: Getting a grip on pay - Leadership, business and management news, tips and features from MT and Management Today magazine". 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  8. ^ Wilkinson, Tara (15 Jul 2008). "RBS senior adviser to review Coutts". Financial News. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Griffin v Kingsmill & Ors [2001] EWCA Civ 934 (8 June 2001)". Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  10. ^ Jane Martinson (2007-01-05). "Interview: Denise Kingsmill | Business". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-11-05.