Lord Best

Lord Best

Full title

The Lord Best OBE


Richard Best



Joined the Lords

4 June 2001

Contact details

House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 020 7219 6799


UK Parliament

Committee House Date
Communications Committee (L) (Chairman) Lords 2014-
Communications Committee (L) Lords 2014-
Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Committee Lords 2013-13
Information Committee (L) Lords 2013-14
Economic Affairs Committee (L) Lords 2007-12
Draft Charities Bill (Joint Committee) Lords 2004-04
Audit Committee (L) Lords 2002-08

Professional life

Job title Organisation Date
Chief Executive Joseph Rowntree Foundation 1988-06
Chief Executive National Housing Federation 1973-88
Chief Executive British Churches Housing Trust 1968-73

Public life

Post Organisation Date
Joint Chair Immigration Act 2014 Consultative Panel 2014-
Chair Rural Housing Policy Review 2014-
Chair The Property Ombudsman 2009-
Deputy Chair Westminster City Council Standards Comittee 2008-12
Chair Hanover Housing Association 2006-14
Trustee The Tree Council 2006-13
Trustee and Treasurer Royal Society of Arts 2006-12
President Local Government Association 2005-
Chair Hull Partnership Board 2002-04

Member's focus

Energy and environment
Housing and planning
Welfare reform
Adult care services
North Yorkshire

Register of Interests

  • 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

    • Chair, The Property Ombudsman Council
    • Joint Chairman, International Property Media Awards (remunerated; but all remuneration donated to charity)
    • Building and Social Housing Foundation Consultations (remunerated; but all remuneration donated to charity)
  • 5: Land and property

    • Property in Dorset from which rental income is received (owned principally by wife)
  • 7: Overseas visits

    • Visit to Los Angeles, USA, 17-21 September 2014, to present Awards; flights and half accommodation costs paid by International Property Media Awards, rest met by Member
  • 10: Non-financial interests (d)

    • President, Local Government Association
    • Member, Equity Release Council Advisory Board
    • Vice President, Town and Country Planning Association
  • 10: Non-financial interests (e)

    • Trustee, Phoenix Fund for Zimbabwe
    • Chairman, Advisory Board, South East Europe Research Centre (share of expenses for one annual meeting paid by City University, Thessaloniki to cover most of the travel costs and some of the hotel costs)
    • Member of Advisory Board, National Council of Voluntary Organisations
    • Member, Vulnerable and Older People Advisory Group, Homes and Communities Agency