Baroness Sandip Verma
A highly influential, global facing business leader, she has extensive Chair and Committee experience. Since entering the House of Lords in 2006, Baroness Verma has held several key Ministerial appointments, she has had an active and advisory role in policy formation and development. With a transformational background, Baroness Verma is both strategic and where necessary hands on, adept at simplifying complex issues. She has significant experience of the need for and development of good governance within both large and small organisations. Together with her outstanding relationship management skills, her approach is both inclusive and pragmatic, but always with the vision to look forward. She is self assured, able to challenge and articulate her view point without compromising the development of strong working relationships with colleagues, stakeholders and staff. Baroness Verma’s ability to transfer and use her skills and knowledge in multiple settings gives strength to her ability to understand detail and provide leadership in delivering the overall vision and direction an organisation wishes to take. A strong and committed advocate of diversity and inclusion, she is involved in a wealth of influential initiatives to create a more inclusive working environment and society as a whole.
|2006 to 2010||Opposition Whip and Lords Spokesperson for the Departments of Education, Health and Welfare and Pensions.|
|2010 to 2012||Government Whip and Lords Spokesperson for the Cabinet Office, International Development and the Government Equalities Office.|
|2012 to 2015||Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change|
|2015 to 2016||Minister for the Department of International Development|
|2016 to current||Non Ministerial Role in the Lords Chairman of Lords European External Affairs Committee Member of the Lords EU Select Committee|
|2017 to Current||Non parliamentary roles 2017 – Chairman of Nexus Green – Renewable Energy Solutions business|
|2017 (May) to current||Independent Non Executive Director of REA (Renewable Energy Association)|
|2017 (May) to current||Global Chairman of World Wide Generation (WWG)|
Prior to entering the House of Lords, Baroness Verma had a successful career in the SME sector.
1980 to 1997 – She with her husband set up EXIMP ltd, a SME wholesale business of high fashion womenswear.
1985 – Extended the business to include manufacturing of high fashion womenswear supplying national and European markets.
2000 – Created Domiciliary Care Services – a business providing adult social care, working with local authorities, supporting adults within their domestic settings.
Created Powerful Women in 2013 to address the in balance of gender representation across the energy sector in middle and senior management positions. Powerful Women has worked in partnership with a large range of energy companies and associated businesses. It has developed a tool kit, in partnership with strong partners like EY and the Energy Institute, it has also produced reports to highlight issues facing women in the energy sector and how to support energy companies to reach senior roles. Also helped launch the Sellafield Womens Network and supported the setting up of the UK Women in Nuclear Chapter.
Baroness Verma was appointed by the former Prime Minister David Cameron as the government’s global champion to tackle violence against women and girls overseas. She visited many countries including Bangladesh, India, Zambia and South Africa, working with governments, civil society and NGOs to raise awareness and help shift social norms and reset cultural expectations/practices.
Her work with governments in policy development, sharing examples of best practice has helped pave the way for governments to explore reforms to penal/justice/ police systems. Leading from the front, she has actively used DFI’s global leadership reputation to deliver strong messages to challenging environments.
She carried a large consultation on the prevention of domestic violence, her work has laid down a strong blue print for DFID to develop an informed and responsive policy to tackle all forms of violence against women and girls.
Baroness Verma has been an active contributor in civil society activities for many years, dealing with domestic violence, supporting children to get summer activities, supporting senior citizens luncheon clubs to supporting Leicestershire Police Force to widen their diversity procedures and the regeneration of Leicester through City Challenge. She with her family have always enjoyed fund raising to support education in India particularly the education of girls and tribal children.
Baroness Verma has received numerous awards, amongst them, the Parvasi Bharat Sanman from the President of India 2011 for building and strengthening business ties between UK and India. The Ellis Island Awards USA, for the global work on diversity, Honoury Doctorates from Wolverhampton University (UK) and Amity University (India) for building business ties between UK and India, a Honoury Fellowship from the Institute of Directors (India) for work on corporate social responsibility. She was awarded the inaugural Women in Nuclear Award, in her work to increase the presence of women in senior roles in the nuclear sector.
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