Pauline Perry

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Pauline Perry, Baroness Perry of Southwark (born Pauline Welch 15 October 1931) is an educationalist, a Conservative politician and a member of the British House of Lords. She was Chief Inspector of Schools in England.

Perry was educated at Wolverhampton Girls' High School and Girton College, Cambridge. In 1952 she married George Perry and had three sons and a daughter. She became a teacher and philosophy lecturer, working in England, Canada and the United States.

In 1970, Perry joined HM Inspectorate at the Department of Education and Science, and was appointed Chief Inspector of Schools in 1981. In 1986 she became vice-chancellor of South Bank Polytechnic, serving during its transition to a university. She subsequently held other roles in higher education, including pro-chancellor of the University of Surrey and President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She has also been active in the Southwark Cathedral and Church of England community and the City of London.

Perry was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 1991 and became a life peer as Baroness Perry of Southwark, of Charlbury in the County of Oxfordshire the same year. She sits on the Conservative Party benches.



House of Lords Register of Interests: Baroness Perry of Southwark