The Right Honourable The Baroness Shreela Flather, LLB, JP, DL Windsor And Maidenhead
Baroness Flather was born in Lahore, British India. She is married to Gary Flather, QC. and they have two sons. She studied law at University College London and is now a Fellow of UCL. She was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple.
In 1990, Baroness Flather became the first Asian woman to sit in the House of Lords. She started her career with voluntary work in the Asian Community. She was a Borough Councillor for fifteen years, being the first ethnic minority woman Councillor when first elected in 1976. She became Deputy Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead in 1985/86 and the Mayor in 1986/87, being the then first Asian woman Mayor in the United Kingdom.
Baroness Flather has served on a number of public bodies including the Commission for Racial Equality; Police Complaints Board and the Lord Chancellor's Legal Aid Advisory Committee. She was the UK delegate to the Economic and Social Committee of the European Committee and in 1994 she was appointed the UK representative on the European Advisory Commission on Racism and Xenophobia. Currently, she is a trustee of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (UK); a Governor of the Commonwealth Institute and a Director of Meridian Broadcasting Ltd.
Lady Flather has been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the Royal County of Berkshire.