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Baroness Joyce Anelay

Chair, June 2022

Baroness Anelay speaks at a joint UNA-UK/Chatham House event with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2016.


Baroness Anelay became Chair of UNA-UK in June 2022. She has held numerous roles in Government, Parliament, civil society and education. 

Born in London, she began her career as a history teacher (1969-74), before joining the Citizens’ Advice Bureau (1976-2010). She was made Dame Commander (DBE) in 1995, before being made a Life Peer in 1996 — marking the start of a prolific parliamentary career, which has included stints on the Joint Committee on Security and Procedure and Privileges Committee, as well as serving as a Deputy Speaker (Lords).

Between 1997 and 2010 she held various Conservative front bench posts, including Shadow Minister for Culture, Sport and Media and Opposition Chief Whip. In May 2010 she was appointed Government Chief Whip before taking over as Minister of State in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 2014 and attending Cabinet. She succeeded William Hague as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the Preventing Violence in Conflict Initiative. She also served as Minister of State for International Development. Her Ministerial portfolio included the UN and she worked closely with UNA-UK on key initiatives - such as the 1 for 7 Billion campaign, combating sexual violence in conflict, UK engagement in UN peacekeeping, and visits to the UK by Secretaries-General Ban Ki-moon and António Guterres.

She currently chairs the International Relations and Defence Committee. Her work has covered a number of UNA-UK priorities, including the 2021 Integrated Review, nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, COP26, human rights, and Afghanistan.


Lord Wood of Anfield

Chair, UNA-UK Board of Directors July 2016 - June 2022

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Lord Wood became Chair of UNA-UK on 1 July 2016, after a competitive recruitment process. He is a member of the House of Lords and a Lecturer at the University of Oxford. From 2007-2010 he was the Senior Special Advisor on foreign policy to the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown – covering Europe, USA, Middle East and relations with international organisations.

Prior to his time at 10 Downing Street, he was an academic at Harvard and then Oxford universities, where he wrote extensively on political economy and European politics. From 2001-2007 he was a member of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Council of Economic Advisers, where he worked on European affairs (including the 2003 Euro assessment). After the 2010 election he served as an adviser on strategy and international affairs to the Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband. 

Lord Wood has been a Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford, since 1996, and is also a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. In 2016 he was appointed a Fellow in Practice at Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government. He is also a member of the House of Lords International Relations Committee.

Other members of the UNA-UK Board of Directors:

Nimisha Agarwal - Recruited Trustee - Legal

Andrew Boakes - Elected Trustee - Representative of Conference Committee

Frances Chambers - Recruited Trustee - Finance & Governance

Angela Seay - Recruited Trustee - Fundraising

Asher Simpson - Recruited Trustee - Fundraising

Dorothea Christiana - Elected Trustee - Ordinary Members

Carl Wright - Elected Trustee - Ordinary Members

Shamima Yasmine - Recruited Trustee - UN

Angie Pankhania - Company Secretary (UNA-UK Chief Operating Officer).