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BECOME A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS

"Contact them now before they put their prices up...Hurry, hurry!" Private Eye December / January 2016

Did you know that you can join the House of Lords on a part-time basis as an Independent Crossbench Peer or a political peer affiliated to one of the main political parties  - even if you have ongoing work, family or community commitments!

A peerage is a life changing achievement. It will raise your profile, enhance your reputation, instil trust, add credibility and provide a platform for you to have your say. It is one of the most prestigious and sought after appointments in the world.

The Lords are looking for applicants...

...with a record of significant achievement within their chosen way of life.

Candidates for a peerage must be able to demonstrate a range of experience, skills and competencies, and have the ability to make a real difference to the work of the House of Lords.

Read on to find out more and assess your suitability for becoming a Crossbench Peer... 

OUR HOUSE OF LORDS SERVICE

When you appoint us we will:

  • Personally guide you through the entire House of Lords nomination process - meeting with you to source background information and agreeing the ideal mix of referees.
  • Research and produce a professionally written application in line with the House of Lords requirements.
  • Prepare your application to the highest possible standard, liaising with you every step of the way to ensure your application is perfect before you submit it to the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
  • Draft a bespoke CV to accompany your application - this is requested as part of the nomination process.
  • If reference letters are requested by the Appointments Commission, your dedicated consultant will liaise with your proposed referees, drafting up to 6 letters of support ready for each referee to approve and sign.
  • If your application leads to an interview with the Appointments Commission, the second stage of our service will commence.
  • At this stage we will meet with you again and provide you with all the advice and guidance you need to give you the best possible chance of success. We will also contact your referees and professionally draft reference letters for them to sign and post to the Lords. If a second interview is requested by the Lords we would arrange to meet again and provide you with all the advice and guidance you need for that interview.

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FIND OUT HOW TO APPLY

Find out how to get in to the House of Lords. Mark Llewellyn-Slade, Managing Director of Awards Intelligence, reveals all to BBC Radio 4's Paddy O'Connell.

If you fulfill all the criteria and can demonstrate how you can add value to the House of Lords as a Crossbencher or political peer affiliated to one of the main political parties simply give us a call on +44 (0)1444 230130 for a free, confidential assessment of your chances of success. 

FIND OUT MORE

THE COMMISSION WILL BE LOOKING FOR NOMINEES

  • With a record of significant achievement within their chosen way of life that demonstrates a range of experience, skills and competencies;
  • With the ability to make an effective and significant contribution to the work of the House of Lords, not only in their areas of particular interest and special expertise, but the wide range of other issues coming before the House;
  • Who are willing to commit the time necessary to make an effective contribution to the work of the House of Lords. This does not necessarily mean the same amount of time expected of “working peers”. The Commission recognises that many active members continue with their professional and other working interests and this can help maintain expertise and experience;
  • With some understanding of the constitutional framework, including the place of the House of Lords, and the skills and qualities needed to be an effective member of the House – for example, nominees should be able to speak with independence and authority;
  • Who are able to demonstrate outstanding personal qualities, in particular, integrity and independence;
  • With a strong and personal commitment to the principles and highest standards of public life;
  • Who are and intend to remain independent of any political party. Nominees and the Commission will need to feel confident of their ability to be independent of party-political considerations whatever their past ~ party-political involvement. For this reason, all nominees are asked to respond to the questions on political involvement and activities which are similar to those used for most public appointments;
  • Who are resident in the UK for tax purposes and accept the requirement to remain so.

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WHO CAN APPLY?

The Appointments Commission will consider any British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen over the age of 21 for membership of the House of Lords. You must also be resident in the United Kingdom for tax purposes. Self-nomination and nomination by another person or organisation are accepted.

Nominations are assessed against stated criteria and the Commission aims to attract as wide a range of nominees as possible from all parts of the United Kingdom. A nomination form must be completed along with the names of at least two referees who may be asked to provide their references at a later stage.

Appointments are made purely on merit although we can't of course guarantee success.

WHEN CAN I APPLY TO BECOME A LORD - IS THERE A DEADLINE?

The nomination and assessment process is a continuous one, with recommendations being made at regular intervals. Therefore, there is no nomination deadline.

CAN I STILL WORK IF I JOIN THE LORDS?

The House of Lords Appointments Commission recognises that individuals may wish to maintain their professional commitments and the demands of working life may limit their involvement in the House.

However, the immediate benefit from your expertise is what will be initially assessed, and at a later stage in your career you may have the opportunity to spend more time in the Upper House.

WILL I BE PAID?

Members of the House of Lords may claim a daily allowance of £300 (or may elect to claim a reduced daily allowance of £150) per sitting day - but only if they attend a sitting of the House and/or committee proceedings. Members of the Lords do not pay tax on their allowances.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I WANT MORE THAN ONE OF YOUR SERVICES?

What should I do if I want more than one of your services?

If you are considering a Lords application and would like a combination of personal honours and business awards be sure to check out our full range of business awards services.

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OUR CLIENTS' THOUGHTS

We are a young, innovative health-tech company with a cutting-edge range of DNA tests for analysing health fitness and nutrition markers for both sports performance and general consumers. We are thrilled and delighted to have won two Queen's Awards for Enterprise - one for Innovation and the other for International Trade. Awards Intelligence assisted in helping us to really understand the depth of information needed for our double win.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Double QAE winner

Wow, I didn't realise just how fantastic my business was until I read the superb award winning entries you wrote for us! Many thanks, you are fab and I would definitely recommend you to anyone that wants to raise their profile and grow their business by winning awards.

DEBORAH MITCHELL

Heaven Health & Beauty Founder

Awards Intelligence have helped us win three awards in just three months. They have given us that vital winning edge and saved us valuable time. We have now committed to an annual awards plan to ensure we keep up the momentum. I would recommend AI to anyone that is serious about awards success as they have certainly delivered for my businesses very quickly.

NIGEL BOTTERILL

Entrepreneur's Circle Founder

I'd like to say on behalf of myself and Forces Support that we are delighted with the service provided, you have been exceptional throughout. As we were going through a growth spurt you continued to update the paperwork and right up to the last minute when about 11pm the night before you added in some late developments i sent across.

I've had many bad experiences in the Third sector and only a few good ones, working with you has been the best to date, and not because we won an award as I've always had it in mind to email in and let you know how much I appreciated your attitude and laid back approach to my constant pestering.

I have already recommended AI and will continue to do so, the service was superb.

BILL MCCANCE

Founder, CEO & Trustee Forces Support

Thank you for all your help in building our entry to the Queen's Award for Enterprise. You clearly grasped how important sustainability is to Seasalt and we were delighted that your professional and innovative approach to constructing our entry highlighted our own exceptional achievements in the retail sector.

LEIGH CHADWICK

Seasalt Ltd

Thank you for your efficiency and expertise in compiling our recent award entry. You helped us to understand how to put forward our most outstanding achievements in a way that would be clear for the judges. We would definitely recommend you to other companies who deserve to be recognised for their success.

LASH SARANNA

Managing Director Autobahn International Ltd

Awards Intelligence helped us win eight awards making us the most award winning company in our insurance niche. When we sold the business this had a very positive impact on the attractiveness of the business to potential buyers and I estimate that the wins added around £500,000 to the overall value of the business.

SIMON BURGESS

Insurance entrepreneur

With only two weeks to go before the deadline, we approached Awards Intelligence specifically to help us win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise and with their expert help we achieved our goal. To win the most prestigious business award in the world at the first attempt is no mean feat. What seemed daunting at the start was made very easy by Awards Intelligence, especially with the time scale created by our financial year end. The quality of the service was fast, efficient and professional. I would wholeheartedly recommend Awards Intelligence.

JONATHAN EVITT

Tecna Display

We have had a long and fruitful relationship with Awards Intelligence. Over the last 12 months alone they have helped us win five company awards which has helped to raise the profile of the organisation and further enhance its reputation as the UK’s leading invoice finance solution. They offer an excellent service and I would recommend them to any organisation that takes winning awards seriously.

DAVID THOMSON

Chief Executive Close Invoice Finance

Thanks for drafting such a professional nomination. You offer a truly outstanding service. I'm so glad my wife and I found you before she submitted the nomination. You are a great listener and an excellent writer. You made me sound brilliant!

RECIPIENT OF AN OBE SAID:

New Year's Honours List

Great work. You saved me so much time and I would never have been able to produce a submission that compelling!

BUSINESS CONTACT OF A RECIPIENT OF A CBE SAID:

New Year Honours List

Great work. You saved me so much time and I would never have been able to produce a submission that compelling!

BUSINESS CONTACT OF A RECIPIENT OF A CBE SAID:

New Year Honours List

I found your advice and hand’s on support invaluable. It can be difficult to decide what information to focus on in an application like this and to know what the Lords are looking for in a strong applicant. It’s been great working with someone who has a real understanding of the process.
 
“First class application. Many thanks. All we can do now is keep our fingers crossed and wait! At least I know I’ve given it my best shot.”
 
“Wanted to let you know that I’ve been invited for an interview. Very excited! Can we meet up soonest to discuss the likely lines of questioning? Thanks for your continued support.”

FEEDBACK FROM HOUSE OF LORDS APPLICANTS:

"To be honest I wouldn’t have had the time to do all this myself and certainly wouldn’t have done such a compelling job!”
 
“I got it! Or should that be, ‘we’ got it! Thanks for a brill application I couldn’t have 
done it without you”.
 
“Just heard from xxx. It’s great news, I got the appointment. That makes three. Can you call me to discuss what I should go for next as ideally I’d like about half a dozen.”

FEEDBACK FROM PUBLIC APPOINTMENT / NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORSHIP CLIENTS:

"To be honest I wouldn’t have had the time to do all this myself and certainly wouldn’t have done such a compelling job!”
 
“I got it! Or should that be, ‘we’ got it! Thanks for a brill application I couldn’t have 
done it without you”.
 
“Just heard from xxx. It’s great news, I got the appointment. That makes three. Can you call me to discuss what I should go for next as ideally I’d like about half a dozen.”

FEEDBACK FROM PUBLIC APPOINTMENT / NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORSHIP CLIENTS:

Just wanted to say a big thank you to you and your team for delivering a fantastic nomination for..... He was delighted to receive an MBE and when I showed him a copy of the nomination he was bowled over. It was the best birthday present I could ever have arranged for my father.

DAUGHTER OF RECIPIENT OF AN MBE SAID:

Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Thank you for helping us through the Queen's Awards application Lesley, you clearly did a brilliant job and we are thrilled that this has resulted in such a fantastic award that recognises our achievements as a UK SME business

MARK BUTLER

PCL Ceramics Limited

Many thanks for all your help in ensuring our application met the criteria for The Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2014. This award recognises the achievements of our R+D team, the company's commitment to technical development and manufacturing excellence, and our outstanding marketing team who brought the product to market. We are delighted to be celebrating such incredible success and believe this award will be of great value and importance to the future of our business

COLIN HAMAND

NGF Europe Ltd

DFS is so much more than just a retailer, and thanks to Awards Intelligence we have been able to highlight our outstanding charitable
partnerships and CSR projects on a national scale. Winning awards has not only enabled us to recognise and reward our employees’ achievements, it has allowed us continue building on our successes year on year. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Awards Intelligence to other businesses and individuals who are doing great work too.

ILONA ANDERSON

Head of Customer Experience DFS

Many thanks to you and your team for helping us to get Mum’s work recognised.  She (and we) had a fabulous day and were delighted that Prince Charles really appeared to know who she was and what she had achieved.

SON AND DAUGHTER OF RECIPIENT OF AN MBE

Queen's Birthday Honours List

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is the leading global provider of it's kind, so it was only natural that we selected the leading global awards partner to help us demonstrate how we stand out. Awards Intelligence did just that, guiding and supporting us with their expertise and experience to win a Queen's Award for Enterprise for International Trade.

IAN HARRIS

WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust)

Thank you for helping us to win the Queen's Awards for Enterprise in the International Trade category. You helped us express our technical business in such an accessible way that the Queen's Awards Judges could see the importance of the work we do. Your identification of our CSR methods also helped us to demonstrate that we are not only commercially successful, but we are an organisation that cares about the footprint it leaves on the world.

ANDREW LITTLEWOOD - NANOFLAM

KL Technologies LTD.

Thank you so much for all your help with our Queen's Award entry, we are delighted to have been chosen as winners in the International Trade category. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Awards Intelligence to others looking for support in the competition; your first-class advice and guidance ensured we had the best chance of success, and highlighted our unique business strategy as one of the World’s leading insurance brokers for the live entertainment industry.

JOHN SILCOCK

Robertson Taylor W&P Longreach

Thank you for turning around our Queen's Award entry in such a short amount of time. You captured the overall performance of Gen-X IT perfectly, highlighting how the different sides of the business work together to achieve optimum performance and added value for our global customers. Winning this award shows how far we have already come, and will lead us into the future with a real sense of pride.

ALAN GOULD

Gen-X IT Ltd.
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WHY SHOULD YOU APPOINT AWARDS INTELLIGENCE?

An Awards Intelligence nomination is special. Not only will we save you a great deal of time and hassle, our experts will significantly increase the nominee's chances of success.

Honours Selection Committees judge a candidate's merits based on the nomination put forward. Our nominations are not simply an extended CV, a list of educational achievements, appointments, awards or posts, or a job description. Poor nominations often list these things, and a frequent complaint from the Committees judging the nominations is that the person recommended is "doing no more than their paid job".

Instead, our nominations define what is special about the candidates' achievements and show accurately, memorably and persuasively exactly how and where they have made a difference.

If you want to give someone the best possible chance of receiving recognition for their hard work and achievements, complete the form or call us on +44 (0)1444 230130  for a free assessment of their chances of success.

GET IN TOUCH

Give someone the best possible chance of receiving recognition for their hard work and achievements or help your business win the awards it deserves. Complete the form or call us for a free assessment of your chances of success.

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