A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
Ms Natalie Jessica Evans has been granted the title of Baroness Evans of Bowes Park. She Joined the Lords as a working Life Peer on 12 September 2014. She will sit as a Conservative and is the youngest female member of the Lords.
Baroness Evans is the director of The New Schools Network, an independent charity set up in 2009 which aims to increase the number of independent schools within the state sector. Prior to joining NSN she was Deputy Director of Policy Exchange, responsible for the output and strategic direction of their research team. Her previous roles include Head of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce and Deputy Director at the Conservative Research Department.
In a ceremony at the Palace of Westminster on Tuesday October 28th Baroness Evans of Bowes Park will be introduced to the Lords - at the same time as Labour Peer Lord Cashman - the former "Eastenders" Actor and MEP Michael Cashman.
Making her first contribution to a Lords debate she said:
My first challenge on being given this honour was to select my title; not something I ever expected to do. I chose Bowes Park, the area in Haringey in which I have lived for over 10 years. The heart of Bowes Park is Myddleton Road, named after the constructor of the New River, which flows through the area and was built in 1613, providing London with fresh drinking water ever since. Once a bustling high street, Myddleton Road fell into decline for many years but it is now showing encouraging signs of regeneration, thanks to a passionate local community. A new open-air gym—part of our Olympic legacy—a regular street market and, most excitingly, the opening of a café and gallery by two local entrepreneurs, are all playing their part in helping to revitalise the area.
The focus of the debate was Education in the Arts - Baroness Evans went on in her speech to stress how important it is that schools ensure arts education and is made available to all school students.