Kathleen Richardson, Baroness Richardson of Calow

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Reverend Kathleen Margaret Richardson, Baroness Richardson of Calow, OBE (born 24 February 1938) is a British Methodist minister. Created a life peer in 1998,[1] she is a member of the House of Lords, where she sits as a crossbencher[2].

Richardson was the first woman to become a Chair of District within the Methodist Church of Great Britain. Later she became the first female President of the Methodist Conference from 1992 to 1993.[3] She was the moderator of the Free Churches Federal Council from 1995 to 1999.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Richardson was born on 24 February 1938 to Francis and Margaret Fountain. She was educated at St Helena School, a an-girls secondary school in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. She then attended Stockwell College, a teacher training college where she completed a Certificate in Education. She trained for ordained ministry at the Deaconess College in Ilkley and at Wesley House in Cambridge.[4]


Richardson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1996 New Year Honours.[5] On 3 August 1998 she was made a Life peer as Baroness Richardson of Calow, of Calow in the County of Derbyshire.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Baroness Kathleen Richardson of Calow". actionforchildren.org.uk. Action for Children. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Biography for Baroness Richardson of Calow". MyParliament.info. Parliament of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "The role of women within Methodism (The University of Manchester Library)". library.manchester.ac.uk. The University of Manchester Library. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "RICHARDSON OF CALOW, Baroness". Who's Who 2017. Oxford University Press. November 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "No. 54255". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1995. p. 13. 
  6. ^ "No. 55217". The London Gazette. 6 August 1998. p. 8583. 
  7. ^ Announcement of her introduction at the House of Lords House of Lords minutes of proceedings, 12 October 1998