Derek Barber, Baron Barber of Tewkesbury

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Derek Coates Barber, Baron Barber of Tewkesbury (17 June 1918 – 21 November 2017) was a British member of the House of Lords. He also served as a senior civil servant and agricultural expert.

Barber was educated at the Royal Agricultural College and served in the Second World War. He worked as a farmer in Gloucestershire before serving in various posts at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 1946–72. Since then he took various advisory roles on countryside and agricultural matters, including to the government and BBC.

He served as Chairman and later President of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds; President of the Gloucestershire Naturalists' Society; President of the Royal Agricultural Society of England; President of the British Pig Association; and a Vice-President of the Nature in Art Trust.[1] Barber was knighted in the 1984 Birthday Honours[2][3] and was created a life peer as Baron Barber of Tewkesbury, of Gotherington in the County of Gloucestershire, on 12 August 1992.[4]

He was a crossbench member of the House of Lords until his retirement on 25 March 2016.[5]

Hansard for 22 November 2017 announced that he had died the day before. He was 99.[6]


  1. ^ "Nature in Art – Trust". Nature in Art Trust. Archived from the original on 9 May 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  2. ^ "No. 49768". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 1984. p. 1.
  3. ^ "No. 49843". The London Gazette. 20 August 1984. p. 11339.
  4. ^ "No. 53021". The London Gazette. 17 August 1992. p. 13893.
  5. ^ "UK Parliament, House of Lords – Lord Barber of Tewkesbury". Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Death of a Former Member: Lord Barber of Tewkesbury - Hansard". Retrieved 3 November 2018.