Join the House of Lords

The House of Lords is at the heart of the democratic and parliamentary system of the United Kingdom.

An appointment to serve the country with a peerage is both an opportunity to give back to the country by bringing your insight and experience to the democratic process and to enhance your personal profile and reputation.


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The House of Lords Appointments Commission

The House of Lords Appointments Commission was established in 2000 to make nominations for membership of the House of Lords to the independent cross benches and is also responsible for the vetting for propriety of all nominations to the House, including candidates for party political membership.

The Commission wishes to make further appointments to the independent cross benches that will add to the breadth of experience and expertise that already exists within the House of Lords, and also help ensure the House fully represents diversity within our country.

Who is Eligible?

The Commission is looking for nominees :-

  • With the ability to make an effective and significant contribution to the work of the House of Lords, not only in their areas of particular interest and special expertise, but the wide range of other issues coming before the House;

  • With a record of significant achievement within their chosen way of life that demonstrates a range of experience, skills and competencies;

  • Who are willing to commit the time necessary to make an effective contribution to the work of the House of Lords. The Commission recognises that many active members continue with their professional and other working interests and this can help maintain expertise and experience;

  • With some understanding of the constitutional framework, including the place of the House of Lords, and the skills and qualities needed to be an effective member of the House – for example, nominees should be able to speak with independence and authority;

  • Who are able to demonstrate outstanding personal qualities, in particular, integrity and independence;

  • With a strong and personal commitment to the principles and highest standards of public life;

  • Who are and intend to remain independent of any political party. Nominees and the Commission will need to feel confident of their ability to be independent of party-political considerations whatever their past party-political involvement. For this reason, all nominees are asked to respond to the questions on political involvement and activities which are similar to those used for most public appointments;

  • Who are resident in the UK for tax purposes and accept the requirement to remain so.

Use our fast Self-Assessment tool to check the eligibility of the applicant

How We Help You

  • We have a phone conversation with you where we discuss the House of Lords application process and how we can help.

  • After we give you an assessment of success according to the published criteria, we explain the three phases of the process to you; the Application Phase, the Reference Phase and the Interview Phase.

  • We commence Phase 1 by creating a thorough and professional application and crafting a dedicated CV to submit to the House of Lords committee.

  • We send you the draft for your approval and will perform unlimited iterations until we are both happy with the document.
  • The nomination will be submitted for Phase 1.

  • Should the initial application be successful, we will support you through further phases including the identification and coaching of referees, and interview preparation.

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