Sharon Bowles

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The Baroness Bowles
of Berkhamsted
Official portrait of Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted 2020 crop 2.jpg
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
23 October 2015
Life Peerage
Member of the European Parliament
for South East England
In office
12 May 2005 – 2 July 2014
Preceded byChris Huhne
Succeeded byJanice Atkinson
Personal details
Born (1953-06-12) 12 June 1953 (age 69)
Oxford, England
Political partyLiberal Democrat
Alma materReading University

Sharon Margaret Bowles, Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted (born 12 June 1953 in Oxford) is a Liberal Democrat politician. She was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the South East England region of the United Kingdom from 2005 to 2014. She sat in the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe grouping. She was educated at the independent Our Lady's Abingdon, the University of Reading and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

Bowles has been described as the most influential Briton in the development of European Union policy,[1] and also as one of the top ten most influential regulators in the European Union, and most influential woman.[2] She was short-listed to be Governor of the Bank of England in 2012.[3]

On 15 August 2014 she became a non executive director of The London Stock Exchange Group plc and of its subsidiary The London Stock Exchange plc.

She was nominated for a life peerage in the 2015 Dissolution Honours and was created Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted, of Bourne End in the County of Hertfordshire, on 23 October 2015.[4][5]

Political career[edit]

Before joining the European Parliament, Bowles worked as a European patent attorney. She was a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).[6] She was the European Parliament's only registered patent attorney.

In the 1992 and 1997 general elections she was the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Aylesbury constituency. She was a member of the bureau of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party from 2004. That party took on the name Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in 2012. Bowles eventually departed the ALDE on leaving the European Parliament.

She replaced Chris Huhne in the European Parliament after he was elected to the House of Commons in the 2005 general election. On 10 November 2007 she was selected as the first placed prospective candidate on the Liberal Democrat list for the 2009 election in the South-East England European constituency,[7] and was re-elected to the European Parliament on 4 June 2009.[8] She served alongside Catherine Bearder as MEP for South East England.

European Parliament[edit]

First term[edit]

Coming to the European Parliament a year into its 6th sitting, Bowles sat on the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), and became a substitute member of the Committee on Legal Affairs. She was also a member of the European Parliament's delegation for relations with the countries of South East Asia and ASEAN. In 2008 she was nominated to serve as the European Parliament's representative on the European Statistical Advisory Committee.

Second term[edit]

Bowles was re-elected in the 2009 European Parliament election, and took up her seat on 14 July. Shortly thereafter Bowles was elected chairwoman of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, succeeding Pervenche Beres.

Bowles was re-elected chairwoman of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in January 2012 and served in this role until the end of the parliamentary term in 2014. In early 2012 she announced her intention not to restand for election.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "David who? Bowles beats Cameron in poll of EU's most influential Britons". 14 November 2012.
  2. ^ "FN100 Most Influential 2012". Financial News. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Sharon Bowles makes it onto shortlist for Bank of England Governor". The Telegraph. 14 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Dissolution Peerages 2015". Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  5. ^ "No. 61394". The London Gazette. 29 October 2015. p. 21238.
  6. ^ Parliamentary Committee Archived 5 September 2005 at the Wayback Machine - CIPA
  7. ^ - Liberal Democrats select European Parliament Candidates for England Archived 14 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine - Liberal Democrat Website
  8. ^ "European Election 2009: South East". BBC News. 8 June 2009. 2009 South East England European election result

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