Kate Rock, Baroness Rock

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Baroness Rock

Kate Harriet Alexandra Rock, Baroness Rock (born 9 October 1968) is a British Conservative politician and member of the House of Lords. Formerly Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party with special responsibility for business engagement, she was nominated for a life peerage in August 2015.[1]


Rock was educated at Hanford School, Sherborne School for Girls and Oxford Polytechnic,[2] where she took a BA degree in Publishing and History.[3]

Business career[edit]

Between August 2014 and November 2017, Rock served as non-executive director and as chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Imagination Technologies plc (a FTSE 250 high technology company, which was sold to Canyon Bridge Partners).[4]

She also served as a non-executive director of First News (UK) Ltd, a national newspaper for young children, between 2014 and February 2017.[5]

On 1 September 2018 she joined the Board of Keller Group plc (the world’s largest provider of geotechnical solutions) as an independent non-executive director, serving on the Audit, Nomination, Remuneration and Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Committees.[6]

Public service[edit]

Between 2015 and 2016 Rock served as Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party with special responsibility for business engagement.[7]

She was created Baroness Rock, of Stratton in the County of Dorset on 15 October 2015.[8]

In 2016/2017 she was a Visiting Parliamentary Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford.[9]

Between 2017 and 2018 she was a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology[10] and since May 2018 she has served as a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy.[11]

In November 2018 she was appointed as a founding board member of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, an advisory body set up by the UK Government to seek to maximise the benefits of data-enabled technologies, including artificial intelligence.[12]

She is also a founding Ambassador of “Women Supporting Women”, a group at The Prince's Trust committed to changing the lives of young women.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Her husband Caspar Rock, is Chief Investment Officer at Cazenove Capital Management, the wealth management arm of Schroders in the UK, Channel Islands and Asia.[14]


  1. ^ "Dissolution Peerages 2015". Gov.uk. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  2. ^ ‘ROCK, Kate Harriet Alexandra’, Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016
  3. ^ Keller Group web-site, Non-executive directors, Baroness Kate Rock (accessed on 18 October 2018)
  4. ^ Imagination Technologies Group plc, Annual Report 2017, at page 26
  5. ^ UK Parliament web-site, Amendments to the Register of Lords’ Interests (accessed on 18 October 2018)
  6. ^ Keller Group website, Non-executive directors, Baroness Kate Rock (accessed on 18 October 2018)
  7. ^ Bloomberg, Executive Profile – Kate Rock (accessed on 18 October 2018)
  8. ^ "No. 61387". The London Gazette. 21 October 2015. p. 19762.
  9. ^ St Antony’s College, Annual Report and Financial Statements, Year ended 31 July 2017, at p.8
  10. ^ UK Parliament web-site, Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence appointed by House of Lords, 29 June 2017
  11. ^ UK Parliament web-site, Rural Economy Committee – membership (accessed on 18 October 2018)
  12. ^ Stellar new board appointed to lead world-first Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, UK Government press release, 20 November 2018
  13. ^ Prince’s Trust web-site, Women Supporting Women founding Patrons & Ambassadors (accessed on 18 October 2018)
  14. ^ Dylan Lobo, Axa Architas' Caspar Rock joins Cazenove, City Wire, 4 April 2016