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Joyce Anelay

Lords Chief Whip (Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms)

Baroness (Joyce) Anelay has worked as a teacher of history and politics and in a variety of posts in the voluntary sector in Surrey, where she has lived for over 35 years with her husband, Richard.

Lady Anelay has worked as a volunteer adviser at Citizens Advice, served as Chairman of its Management Committee and is now its President. She was a Justice of the Peace for North West Surrey and sat on Social Security Appeal Tribunals in Surrey until she was appointed a member of the House of Lords in 1996.

Voluntary work is also key to Joyce’s membership of the Conservative Party. From road warden to Chairman of the National Women’s Committee - and currently President of her Association, she has enjoyed it all. She is keenly aware of the value of every member of the Party to its future success.


  • Opposition Whip, Home Affairs, Social Security and Agriculture, May 1997 - November 1998
  • Opposition Spokesman, Culture, Media, Sport and Tourism, November 1998 - June 2002
  • Opposition Spokesman, Home Affairs, June 2002 - July 2007
  • Opposition Chief Whip, July 2007 - May 2010
  • Privy Councillor, June 2009 -
  • Lords Chief Whip (Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms), May 2010 -


Lady Anelay was a Trustee of UNICEF UK 2004 - 07 and was also Chairman of the World Travel Market’s Advisory Council. She also day-dreams of playing golf again at Woking Golf Club!