Denise Kingsmill is a member of the House of Lords. Her career has encompassed periods as a leading employment lawyer, Deputy Chair of the UK Competition Commission (the UK’s principle anti- trust agency) and a director of PLC, private, not for profit and government boards. After taking an economics and anthropology degree at Cambridge University, Denise spent the early years of her career in the textile and fashion industry in London and Paris, before qualifying as a lawyer in 1980. Initially, specialising in trade union and employment law she later specialised in UK and European commercial law and handled disputes for the UK’s leading FTSE 100 companies.
In 1997, she became Deputy Chair of the Competition Commission and during her 7 year tenure chaired over 20 economic regulatory enquiries in a diverse range of industries including, banking, automobiles, energy, milk production and cruise liners. Denise headed two Government enquires in 2001 and 2003, into women’s pay and employment and the economic management of labour. In 2007, she led an enquiry into health of fashion models on behalf of the British fashion council and the Mayor of London.
Currently, Baroness Kingsmill is Chairman of Monzo Bank and a member of the Supervisory board of E.ON SE (German Energy company), and a non-executive director of Inditex (Zara). She is on the Advisory Board of the Global Sustainability Forum and is a member of the International Board of the Spanish business school, IESE.
Denise holds a number of honorary doctorates in Law and Business and was awarded the CBE for services to Employment and Competition in 2000.