Richard Best, Baron Best
The son of late Walter Best DL and Frances Chignell, Best was educated at Shrewsbury School and the University of Nottingham. He married Ima Akpan in 1970, divorcing in 1976, then Belinda Stemp in 1978. He had two daughters and two sons with his two wives.
From 1970 to 1973, Best served as Director of the British Churches Housing Trust, then of the National Federation of Housing Associations 1973-88. From 1988 to December 2006, he led the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. He has written extensively on housing and been involved with commissions on housing for Northern Ireland, Westminster, Birmingham, Glasgow and Hull.
Best is Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications. He is also Chair of The Property Ombudsman and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People and served as Chair of the Hanover Housing Association 2006-2015. He was President of the Local Government Association 2007-2016, Commissioner of the Rural Development Commission 1989-98, Trustee and Treasurer of the Royal Society of Arts 2007-14, a member of the NCVO Advisory Council 2008-2016.
He has been awarded honorary degrees from the Universities of York and Sheffield. In September 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA. He is a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of North Yorkshire.
- Lord Best, House of Lords