Helena Ann Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, QC, FRSA, HonFRSE (born 12 May 1950) is a Scottish barrister, broadcaster, and Labour member of the House of Lords. She served as Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford from 2011 to 2018.
Early life and education
Kennedy was born on 12 May 1950 in
Glasgow, Scotland, one of the four daughters of Mary Veronica (née Jones) and Joshua Patrick. Her parents were committed  Labour activists and devoutly Catholic. Her father, a printer with the  , was a Daily Record trade union official. 
Holyrood Secondary School in Glasgow, where she was appointed Head Girl. She studied law at the Council of Legal Education in London 
In 1972, Kennedy was called to the bar at
Gray's Inn. Among her many cases, Kennedy acted as junior counsel for child murderer Myra Hindley during her 1974 trial for plotting to escape from Holloway Prison. 
Kennedy rebels against her
party whip in the House of Lords more frequently than any other Labour Peer, having a dissent rate of 33.3%. She was Chair of  Charter 88 (1992-1997) and is closely affiliated to the educational charity Common Purpose.
Kennedy became the first Chancellor of
Oxford Brookes University, serving from 1994-2001. Kennedy was elected principal of Mansfield College, Oxford in July 2010 and served from September 2011. She retired in 2018 and became Chancellor of  Sheffield Hallam University on 26 July 2018. 
From 1978 to 1984 she lived with the actor Iain Mitchell, and together they had a son. In 1986, Kennedy married Dr Iain Louis Hutchison, a
surgeon, with whom she has a daughter and a son. 
Kennedy regularly attends Mass and professes that her Catholicism "remains very much part of who I am", even though she eschews its more traditional values.
She has received numerous academic awards, including:
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts ( FRSA) Fellow of the
City and Guilds of London Institute (FCGI) Member of the
Académie Universelle des Cultures ( Paris) Honorary Fellow,
Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2005 Honorary Fellow,
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 2005 Honorary Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
University of Cambridge, 2010 Honorary Fellow,
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), 2011 Honorary Doctorate of Law,
Plymouth University, 2012  Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (HonFRSE), 2014 
Blind Justice, BBC TV, 1987 Presenter:
Heart of the Matter, BBC TV, 1987
, Channel 4 and BBC4, 1987-2003
After Dark Presenter:
Raw Deal on Medical Negligence, BBC TV, 1989 Presenter:
The Trial of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover', BBC Radio 4, 1990 Presenter:
Time Gentlemen, Please, BBC Scotland, 1994 (Winner, Television Programme Award category, 1994 Industrial Journalism Awards) Commissioner, BAFTA Inquiry into the future of the BBC, 1990
Appointments President, Helena Kennedy Foundation
President of the Board the Governors of the
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)  President,
Women of the Year Lunch (2010-2015)  Chair,
JUSTICE Chair of the Board of Governors for the
United World College of the Atlantic President,
Medical Aid for Palestinians Patron,
Burma Campaign UK, the London-based group campaigning for human rights and democracy in Burma Member of the Board of
Independent News and Media Trustee,
KPMG Foundation Chancellor of
Oxford Brookes University (1994-2001) Chancellor of
Sheffield Hallam University (appointed in 2018)  Chair,
British Council (1998-2004) Chair,
Human Genetics Commission (1998-2007) President of the
National Children's Bureau (1998-2005) Kennedy chaired the
Power Commission (November 2005 - March 2006), which examined the problem of democratic disengagement in the United Kingdom. A report was produced which highlighted the "Myth of Apathy" and the lack of political engagement Chair of
Power 2010, which aimed to carry forward the concepts behind the Power Commission into the UK 2010 General Election Member of the
World Bank Institute's External Advisory Council Member of the board of the
British Museum Vice-President of the
Haldane Society Vice-President of the Association of Women Barristers
London International Festival of Theatre  liftfestival.com Patron, Institute for Learning (IfL)
UNLOCK, The National Association of Ex-Offenders Patron, Debt Doctors Foundation UK (DD-UK)
Tower Hamlets Summer University Patron,
Rights Watch (UK) Patron of
SafeHands for Mothers, a UK-based charity whose mission is to improve maternal and newborn health by harnessing the power of the visual, through the production of films.  Chair,
Howard League's Commission of Inquiry into Violence in Penal Institutions for Young People (the final report, Banged Up, Beaten Up, Cutting Up, published in 1995) Chair,
Reading Borough Council's Commission of Inquiry into the health, environmental and safety aspects of the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston (final report Secrecy versus Safety, published in 1994) Chair, Royal Colleges of Pathologists' and of Pædiatrics' Inquiry into
Sudden Infant Death (producing a protocol for the investigation of such deaths in 2004) Member of the
Foreign Policy Centre's Advisory Council Formerly UK member of the
International Bar Association's Task Force on Terrorism As Commissioner of the
National Commission for Education, she chaired a committee on widening participation in further education and the Commission's report, Learning Works, published in 1997. Chair,
Booker Prize Foundation (2015-2020)  Vice President of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (from 2017) 
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