Natalie Evans, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park

The Right Honourable
The Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
Leader of the House of Lords
Lord Privy Seal
Assumed office
14 July 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May
Deputy The Earl Howe
Preceded by The Baroness Stowell of Beeston
Personal details
Born (1975-11-29) 29 November 1975
Political party Conservative
Alma mater New Hall, Cambridge

Natalie Jessica Evans, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, PC (born 29 November 1975) is a British Conservative Party politician serving as Leader of the House of Lords. She was made a life peer in 2014.


She was educated at Rockport School, Henrietta Barnett School and at the New Hall, Cambridge, where she studied social and political sciences and graduated in 1998.[1][2][3]

In May 2010, she stood for election to the London Borough Of Haringey as a Conservative Party candidate to be one of three councillors in the Bounds Green Ward. She achieved 647 votes and was not elected.

On 5 November 2010, as Deputy Director at Policy Exchange, she introduced Theresa May at a speech about immigration hosted by Policy Exchange.[4]

Evans was the Director of the New Schools Network from January 2013 until May 2015, where she had previously been its Chief Operating Officer from 2011.[5] The New Schools Network is a registered charity, and supports groups who wish to set up free schools.[6]

Previously Evans was head of policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, and deputy director of the Conservative Research Department.[1][5]

She was made life peer as Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, of Bowes Park in the London Borough of Haringey, on 12 September 2014.[7] Baroness Evans was formally introduced to the House of Lords along with Lord Cashman on 28 October 2014.[8] She was, at the time, the youngest female peer.[5]

Evans served as a government whip in the House of Lords during the 2015 government, and spoke briefly in January 2016 about how "education must be at the heart of our prison system if we are to rehabilitate effectively".[9][10] On 14 July 2016 Baroness Evans was appointed to the post of Leader of the House of Lords by the Prime Minister, Theresa May.[11]

Personal life

Her husband, James Wild, is employed as a Special Adviser by Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence.[12]


  1. 1 2 "Baroness Evans of Bowes Park - GOV.UK". Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  2. Cambridge University List of Members, 1996
  3. ‘EVANS OF BOWES PARK’, Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2015
  4. "Immigration: Home Secretary's speech of 5 November 2010 - Speeches - GOV.UK". Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  5. 1 2 3 "Storm as Tory party donors given peerages". Yorkshire Post. August 9, 2014 via LexisNexis.
  6. Wintour, Patrick (2014-08-08). "David Cameron in spotlight over two more peerages to Tory party donors". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 60992. p. 18154. 18 September 2014.
  8. "Parliament UK: Parliamentary Calendar". Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  9. "Prime Minister's Office". The Times (1st National ed.). May 23, 2015. pp. 78–79 via LexisNexis.
  10. "Former inmate Lord Hanningfield calls for more prisoner education -". Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  11. Sparrow, Andrew; Johnston, Chris (2016-07-14). "May's cabinet reshuffle: Michael Gove sacked and replaced with Elizabeth Truss - live updates". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  12. "Baroness Evans of Bowes Park". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
Political offices
Preceded by
The Baroness Stowell of Beeston
Leader of the House of Lords
Lord Privy Seal
Party political offices
Preceded by
The Baroness Stowell of Beeston
Leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Lords
Order of precedence in England and Wales
Preceded by
Theresa May
as Prime Minister
as Lord Privy Seal
Succeeded by
Ambassadors and High Commissioners
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