SOAS University of London

Legal and Governance Directorate

Baroness Valerie Amos CH

BA (Warwick), MA (Birmingham)


Valerie Amos
Legal & Governance Directorate

Director of SOAS

Board of Trustees


London Confucius Institute

Chair of the LCI Council

Executive Board


Academic Board


SOAS into Senate House

Project Board Chair

Baroness Valerie Amos CH
Email address:
+44 (0)207 898 4014
+44 (0)207 898 4019
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings


Valerie joined as Director of SOAS University of London in September 2015. From 2010, she served as Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN. She served in a number of roles in the public sector including in local government and as Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Valerie was an adviser to the Mandela Government on leadership, change, management and strategy issues between 1994 and 1998. She was appointed a Labour Life Peer in 1997 and became a member of the Government in 1998. She was a Foreign Office Minister, Secretary of State for International Development, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. She also served as UK High Commissioner to Australia before joining the UN. In June 2016, she was made a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Current Committee Membership

Ex officio member of: 
  • Academic Board (Chair)
  • Executive Board (Chair)
  • Nominations Committee
  • Honorary Degrees & Fellowships Committee (Chair)
  • Resources & Planning Committee
  • School Promotions Panel (Chair)
  • Brunei Gallery Advisory Panel
  • Investment Advisory Panel