Jan was a Special Advisor to Neil Kinnock in the 1980s and in 2004 she was created Baroness Royall of Blaisdon. In 2008 she was appointed Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords and that year became a Cabinet member and Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. She is currently Shadow Leader of the House of Lords. Jan has a degree in Spanish and French and has had involvement with European issues and the “challenging” relationship between the UK and Europe. She no doubt will have some interesting thoughts on that and the (now failed) plans to reform the House of Lords which she opposed. She is currently working on Labour policy initiatives around young people and democratic engagement and has a strong interest in engaging SME’s with overseas opportunities.