CaribWorldNews, LONDON, England, Thurs. July 9, 2009: Guyana-born Baroness Valerie Amos, former leader of the House of Lords and the first black woman to sit in a British cabinet, has been appointed to a post in Australia.
Baroness Amos was named the new UK High Commissioner to Australia by Britain`s Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Brown said Baroness Amos would bring `energy, flair and experience“ to the job.
Baroness Amos is due to take up the posting in October.
Amos was born in Guyana, and attended Bexley Technical High School for Girls, Townley Road, Bexleyheath, where she was the first black deputy Head Girl. She then studied at the University of Warwick, the University of Birmingham and the University of East Anglia, and was awarded an Honorary Professorship at Thames Valley University in 1995 in recognition of her work on equality and social justice. She was also awarded honorary degrees of Doctor of Laws from the University of Warwick in 2000 and the University of Leicester in 2006.
She was made Leader of the House of Lords o nOctober 6, 2003 following the death of Lord Williams of Mostyn.