Donald Curry, Baron Curry of Kirkharle

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Donald Thomas Younger Curry, Baron Curry of Kirkharle, CBE[1] (born 4 April 1944[2]) is a British farmer and businessman who is the former chair of NFU Mutual and non-executive chair of the Better Regulation Executive,[1] and a member of the House of Lords.

Curry was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1997 New Year Honours,[3] and as announced in the 2001 Birthday Honours,[4] was knighted on 12 July 2001.[5]

In 2001–2 he chaired the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food, known as the Curry Commission, which produced a report for the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.[6]

On the recommendation of the House of Lords Appointments Commission,[7] he was created a Crossbench (independent) life peer on 13 October 2011 taking the title Baron Curry of Kirkharle, of Kirkharle in the County of Northumberland.[8] He was introduced in the House of Lords on 24 October 2011.[9] In the introduction ceremony, his supporters were the Lord Plumb and the Baroness Byford.


  1. ^ a b "No. 59899". The London Gazette. 6 September 2011. p. 16989.
  2. ^ "LORD DONALD THOMAS YOUNGER CURRY". Retrieved 21 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "No. 54625". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1996. p. 8.
  4. ^ "No. 56237". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2001. p. 1.
  5. ^ "No. 56313". The London Gazette. 24 August 2001. p. 10050.
  6. ^ "Report of the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food" (PDF). National Archives. January 2002. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  7. ^ "New non-party-political life peers". House of Lords Appointments Commission. 5 September 2011.
  8. ^ "No. 59942". The London Gazette. 18 October 2011. p. 19879.
  9. ^ House of Lords Minute of Proceedings, 24 October 2011.
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Singh of Wimbledon
Baron Curry of Kirkharle
Followed by
The Lord O'Donnell