Helena Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws
The Baroness Kennedy
of The Shaws
|Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford|
September 2011 – 2018
|Preceded by||Diana Walford|
|Succeeded by||Helen Mountfield|
|Member of the House of Lords|
|Assumed office |
27 October 1997
Helena Ann Kennedy
12 May 1950
|Spouse(s)||Iain Louis Hutchison|
(1986 to date);
|Domestic partner||Iain Mitchell (1978–1984);|
|Children||Keir Kennedy Mitchell|
Clio Kennedy Hutchison
Roland Kennedy Hutchison
|Occupation||Barrister, television presenter|
Helena Ann Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, QC, FRSA, HonFRSE (born 12 May 1950), is a Scottish barrister, broadcaster, and Labour member of the House of Lords. She served as Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford from 2011 to 2018.
Early life and education
Kennedy was born on 12 May 1950 in Glasgow, Scotland, one of the four daughters of Mary Veronica (née Jones) and Joshua Patrick. Her parents were committed Labour activists and devoutly Roman Catholic. Her father, a printer with the Daily Record, was a trade union official.
In 1972, Kennedy was called to the bar at Gray's Inn. Among her many cases, Kennedy acted as junior counsel for child murderer Myra Hindley during her 1974 trial for plotting to escape from Holloway Prison.
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 (1992–1997) and is closely affiliated to the educational charity Common Purpose. In 2020, she worked with the Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith and democracy activist Luke de Pulford to create the global pressure group Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China. In March 2021, China placed sanctions on her.
Kennedy became the first Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, serving from 1994-2001. Kennedy was elected principal of Mansfield College, Oxford in July 2010 and served from September 2011. She retired in 2018 and became Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University on 26 July 2018.
Kennedy regularly attends mass and professes that her Roman Catholicism "remains very much part of who I am", even though she eschews its more traditional values.
She has received numerous academic awards, including:
- 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
- Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (HonFRSE), 2014
- 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
- 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)
- Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University (appointed in 2018)
- 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
- Member of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom
- Vice-President of the Haldane Society
- Vice-President of the Association of Women Barristers
- Patron, London International Festival of Theatre liftfestival.com
- 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 report, Learning Works, published in 1997.
- Chair, Booker Prize Foundation (2015–2020)
- Vice President of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (from 2017)
- Created a Life Peer, as Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, of Cathcart in the City of Glasgow on 27 October 1997.
- Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic on 23 March 2004.
- Commander of the Order of Academic Palms (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
- Eve Was Shamed: How British Justice Is Failing Women, 2018; ISBN 9781784742225
- Kennedy of the Shaws, Baroness, (Helena Ann Kennedy) (Born 12 May 1950). Who's Who. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u22850. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
- 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).
- Rebel Lords — Current members The Public Whip
- "Parliamentarians From Around the World Unite to Discuss the China Challenge". thediplomat.com. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
- "Uighurs: China bans UK MPs after abuse sanctions". BBC News. 26 March 2021. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
- "Baroness Helena Kennedy QC elected next Principal of Mansfield College" Archived 29 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine, University of Oxford Mansfield College, 13 April 2011.
- "Principal". Mansfield College. University of Oxford. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Baroness Helena Ann Kennedy of The Shaws QC, HonFBA, HonFRSE – The Royal Society of Edinburgh". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
- "2016: A Vision and Strategy for the Centennial" Archived 4 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine (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.
- "New Chancellor for Sheffield Hallam University". shu.ac.uk. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
- "IBA - IBAHRI Secretariat to the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom". www.ibanet.org. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
- "Meet The Team", LIFT. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- "SafeHands for Mothers". SafeHands for Mothers. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
- Chandler, Mark (20 January 2020), "Kennedy steps down as Booker Prize Foundation chair", The Bookseller.
- "CHE > In the news". www.c-h-e.org.uk.
- "No. 54934". The London Gazette. 30 October 1997. p. 12205.
- Sitio web del Quirinal
- Debrett's People of Today
- Helena Kennedy's home page
- Power Commission
- Helena Kennedy Foundation
- "Helena Kennedy Foundation, registered charity no. 1074025". Charity Commission for England and Wales.
| Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University
| Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford
| Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University