Hazel Byford was born in January 1941 and educated at St Leonards School, St Andrews, Fife. On leaving school, Hazel attended the Northamptonshire Agricultural College at Moulton. She was a poultry farmer producing parent stock for Thornbers.
From 1961 to 1976 she joined the Women's Royal Voluntary Service as a member of the County Staff, and was County Organiser for Leicestershire from 1972-76. She is married with a daughter, son (deceased) and three grandchildren.
She is Canon of Leicester Cathedral, President of LEAF and Leicestershire Clubs for Young People and a Fellow of Royal Agricultural Societies. She is also a patron of The Women Food & Farming Union and Under Warden of the Worshipful Company of Farmers.
Baroness Byford's Experience
Lady Byford was Chairman of the East Midlands Women's Conservative Committee from 1986-89, Women's National Vice Chairman from 1989-90, and Chairman from 1990-93.
She was Vice President of the National Union 1993-95 and President in 1996. She chaired the Conservative Party Conference in Bournemouth in 1996. Lady Byford was created a Life Peer in 1996.
Lady Byford was opposition spokesman for MAFF and then DEFRA from 1997 until 2007.