Baroness Peta Buscombe
Baroness Buscombe, Peta, has had a varied career both within the private sector and in politics, prior to taking up her position as Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission in April 2009.
Peta is a Barrister and has acted as legal adviser and counsel to various organisations including Barclays Bank International, New York and Barclays Bank Plc, London, the Dairy Trade Federation and The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising. Most recently she was the Chief Executive of The Advertising Association, Director of Asbof/Basbof and Director of CAP/BCAP. Peta is currently a Non Executive Director of Veolia Central Plc.
Peta has had a distinguished political career and was made a Life Peer as Baroness Buscombe of Goring in 1998. Between 1999 and 2007 she was a Shadow Minister in the House of Lords covering several Whitehall departments including, Education and Skills (DCSF), Home Office, Trade and Industry (DBERR), Work and Pensions, Cabinet Office and Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). She was also Deputy to the Shadow Lord Chancellor for the whole of that period.
Peta was educated at Hinchley Wood School and Rosebury Grammar School, Epsom. She then attended the Inns of Court School of Law and Columbia Law School in New York. In 1977 she was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple.
She is married with one daughter and twin sons. Peta's outside interests involve her in a number of charitable and voluntary organisations and for recreation she enjoys riding, shooting and just being with her family!