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 and crossbench member of the House of Lords. She was the first woman President of the Methodist Conference from 1992 to 1993. She was the moderator of the Free Churches Council from 1995 to 1999.

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.[1]


Richardson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1996 New Year Honours.[2] On 3 August 1998 she was made a Life peer as Baroness Richardson of Calow, of Calow in the County of Derbyshire.[3][4]


  1. ^ "RICHARDSON OF CALOW, Baroness". Who's Who 2017. Oxford University Press. November 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "(Supplement) no. 54255". The London Gazette. 30 December 1995. p. 13. 
  3. ^ "no. 55217". The London Gazette. 6 August 1998. p. 8583. 
  4. ^ Announcement of her introduction at the House of Lords House of Lords minutes of proceedings, 12 October 1998