Baroness Jane Campbell of Surbiton, D.B.E
Active Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords.
Oil on canvas, 30″ x 36″, 2011
Baroness Jane Campbell has been a member of the House of Lords
Appointments Commission since 2008 and was recently appointed to the
Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Human Rights. She is also
Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Disability Group with Anne
Jane is Chair of two expert panels on Welfare Reform and Independent
Living for the Government’s Department of Work and Pensions
(DWP). She has a long history of parliamentary lobbying for disabled
people’s civil and human rights. She has been particularly active in creating
structures which encourage disabled people from all sectors of society to take
control of their lives and influence political and social change. Jane was a
Commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) from 2006 to 2009, and a Commissioner of the Disability Rights
Commission (DRC) from its inception in 2000.
Among her publications, Jane co-authored Disability Politics
(with Mike Oliver) in 1996; and contributed a chapter to Disabled People
and the Right to Life (edited by Luke Clements and Janet Read) in 2008.
Jane Campbell has been recognized for her work twice in the Queen’s
birthday honors (in 2000 with an MBE and again in 2006 when she was made a
Dame), and is the recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees.
“The interactive portrait painting session was great fun. I thought I would be bored
and fidgety, but because I could talk with the artist, as she worked (and with
the observers who joined us in the afternoon), I felt engaged
and entertained. The experience was quite surreal at times, but I
guess that’s to be expected in the Tate Modern with Tanya Raabe at the
easel. Her paintings certainly capture the more bizarre moments of my – and I
suspect – other disabled people’s lives!”