Indian-origin peer Ajay Kakkar has been made the chairman of the influential House of Lords Appointments Commission, an advisory body which selects new independent members of UK’s House of Lords.
Kakkar was appointed to the post by British Prime Minister David Cameron. The appointment will be for a single non-renewable term of five years and will be effective from October 1.
“I am pleased to appoint Lord Kakkar to this role. The committee will benefit hugely from his vast experience and integrity. I am grateful for the contribution Lord Jay has made over the last five years,” Cameron said in a statement.
The commission’s role is to select new independent members of the House of Lords and to vet party-political nominations put forward by the political parties.
In its position as an advisory non-departmental public body sponsored by the Cabinet Office, the commission selects independent members on merit and on their commitment to the work of the House of Lords, in scrutinising legislation, sitting on committees and participating in debates.
Lord Kakkar is Professor of Surgery at University College London (UCL) and Consultant Surgeon University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2011. His research interests focus on the prevention and treatment of venous and arterial thrombo embolic disease and cancer associated thrombosis.