Helena Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws
|The Right Honourable
The Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws
Kennedy signing The Convention on Modern Liberty in January 2009
|Born||Helena Ann Kennedy
12 May 1950
|Occupation||Barrister, television presenter|
|Employer||Mansfield College, Oxford; BBC|
|Political party||Labour Party|
|Spouse(s)||Iain Louis Hutchison; 2 children|
|Partner(s)||Iain Mitchell (1978-84); 1 child|
|Children||Keir Kennedy Mitchell
Clio Kennedy Hutchison
Roland Kennedy Hutchison
Helena Ann Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, QC, FRSA (born 12 May 1950), is a British barrister, broadcaster, and Labour member of the House of Lords. Lady Kennedy of The Shaws, as she is properly styled, is a former chair of the Human Genetics Commission, which advises Her Majesty's Government on ethical, social, and legal issues arising from developments in genetic science.
Lady Kennedy was born in Glasgow to a devoutly Roman Catholic family. She is one of four sisters born to Joshua Patrick and Mary Veronica (née Jones) Kennedy, both committed Labour activists. Her father, a printer with the Daily Record, was a trade union leader. She attended Holyrood Secondary School in Glasgow, where she was appointed Head Girl. Kennedy still regularly attends Mass and professes that her Catholicism "remains very much part of who I am", even though she eschews its more traditional values. She went on to study Law at London's Council of Legal Education.
Her first partner was the actor Iain Mitchell, with whom she lived from 1978 until 1984, and by whom she has a son. In 1986, Kennedy married Dr Iain Louis Hutchison (a surgeon), with whom she has a daughter and a son.
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
- Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute (FCGI)
- Member of the Académie Universelle des Cultures (Paris)
- Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2005
- Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 2005
- Honorary Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
- Honorary Fellow, University of Cambridge, 2010
- Honorary Fellow, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), 2011
- Honorary Doctorate of Law, Plymouth University, 2012
- Creator: Blind Justice, BBC TV, 1987
- Presenter: Heart of the Matter, BBC TV, 1987
- After Dark, Channel 4 and BBC4, 1987–2003
- Presenter: Raw Deal on Medical Negligence, BBC TV, 1989
- Presenter: The Trial of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover', BBC Radio 4, 1990
- Presenter: Time Gentlemen, Please, BBC Scotland, 1994 (Winner, Television Programme Award category, 1994 Industrial Journalism Awards)
- Commissioner, BAFTA Inquiry into the future of the BBC, 1990
Lady Kennedy rebels against her party whip in the House of Lords more frequently than any other Labour Peer, having a dissent rate of 33.3%. She was Chair of Charter 88 (1992–97) and is closely affiliated to the educational charity Common Purpose.
- President, Helena Kennedy Foundation
- President of the Board the Governors of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
- President, Women of the Year Lunch (2010-2015)
- Chair, JUSTICE
- Chair of the Board of Governors for the United World College of the Atlantic
- President, Medical Aid for Palestinians
- Patron, Burma Campaign UK, the London-based group campaigning for human rights and democracy in Burma
- Member of the Board of Independent News and Media
- Trustee, KPMG Foundation
- Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University (1994–2001)
- Chair, British Council (1998–2004)
- Chair, Human Genetics Commission (1998–2007)
- President of the National Children's Bureau (1998–2005)
- Kennedy chaired the Power Commission (November 2005 – March 2006), which examined the problem of democratic disengagement in the United Kingdom. A report was produced which highlighted the "Myth of Apathy" and the lack of political engagement
- Chair of Power 2010, which aimed to carry forward the concepts behind the Power Commission into the UK 2010 General Election
- Member of the World Bank Institute's External Advisory Council
- Member of the board of the British Museum
- Vice-President of the Haldane Society
- Vice-President of the Association of Women Barristers
- Patron, Institute for Learning (IfL) http://www.ifl.ac.uk
- Patron, Liberty
- Patron, UNLOCK, The National Association of Ex-Offenders
- Patron, Debt Doctors Foundation UK (DD-UK)
- Patron, Tower Hamlets Summer University
- Patron, Rights Watch (UK)
- Patron of SafeHands for Mothers, a UK-based charity whose mission is to improve maternal and newborn health by harnessing the power of the visual, through the production of films.
- Chair, Howard League's Commission of Inquiry into Violence in Penal Institutions for Young People (the final report, Banged Up, Beaten Up, Cutting Up, published in 1995)
- Chair, Reading Borough Council's Commission of Inquiry into the health, environmental and safety aspects of the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston (final report Secrecy versus Safety, published in 1994)
- Chair, Royal Colleges of Pathologists' and of Pædiatrics' Inquiry into Sudden Infant Death (producing a protocol for the investigation of such deaths in 2004)
- Member of the Foreign Policy Centre's Advisory Council
- Formerly UK member of the International Bar Association's Task Force on Terrorism
- As Commissioner of the National Commission for Education, she chaired a committee on widening participation in further education and the Commission's seminal report, Learning Works, published in 1997.
- Created a Life Peer, as Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, of Cathcart in the City of Glasgow on 27 October 1997
- Grand Cross, Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (2004)
- Commandeur, Ordre des Palmes Académiques (2006)
- Eve was Framed: Women and British Justice, 1993; ISBN 0-09-922441-0
- Just Law: The changing face of justice and why it matters to us, 2004; ISBN 0-09-945833-0
- Wroe, Nicholas (27 March 2004). "A radical in the House". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
- "One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley", by Carol Ann Lee (2012).
- "Baroness Helena Kennedy QC elected next Principal of Mansfield College", University of Oxford Mansfield College, 13 April 2011.
- Rebel Lords — Current members The Public Whip
- "2016: A Vision and Strategy for the Centennial" (p. 18), School of Oriental and African Studies, April 2010
- Qureshi, Huma (17 October 2012). "Helena Kennedy: 'Women's struggles are not over'". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 6 May 2015.
- "SafeHands for Mothers". SafeHands for Mothers. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
- The London Gazette: . 30 October 1997.
- Debrett's People of Today
- Helena Kennedy's home page
- Power Commission
- Helena Kennedy Foundation
- Helena Kennedy Foundation, Registered Charity no. 1074025 at the Charity Commission
|Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University