About Lord john taylor


John David Beckett Taylor, Baron Taylor of Warwick (born 21 September 1952), is a member of the House of Lords in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. In 1996 he became the only black peer. At the time of his appointment he was one of the youngest in the upper house. He was the first black Government Special Advisor in Britain, advising the Home Secretary and Ministers of State.  He went onto become the first black conservative Peer. Lord John Taylor introduced and carried through the Criminal Evidence Amendment Act 1997, which established Britain’s first ever DNA Database. Lord John Taylor practised as a barrister, and has also served as a judge. He is also a member of the International Trade Council.


Lord John Taylor was the first black UK University ChancellorBournemouth University, 2001-2006; First black Vice President of the BBFC British Board of Film Classification, 1998-2008 re-elected two terms, for 10 years; First black elected District Councillor, Solihull. In 2004 Lord John Taylor was awarded The Freedom Of The City Of London, and The Freedom of  Lexington Kentucky alongside honorably commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel, USA. In 2007 Las Vegas proclaimed a "Lord Taylor of Warwick Day” and honoured him with The Key To Las Vegas, USA. He is also the only Parliamentarian to play soccer for the England and Scotland Parliamentary Teams.  He holds Honorary Doctorates in Laws from Warwick University and Asbury University, USA. 


He has served as a company director, chairman and bank consultant.  His other appointments include Vice President of National Small Business Bureau and currently on the Board of The International Small Business Congress. 


Lord John Taylor founded The Warwick Leadership Academy (formerly Warwick Leadership Foundation) in 1997, providing inspirational leadership to young people around the world especially in disadvantaged communities. He is also the patron of various children’s charities.


Lord John Taylor has hosted many popular TV and radio programmes in the United Kingdom including “The System on Trial” (BBC 1 TV) ; "The John Taylor Show" on BBC Radio 2.   Powerhouse (Channel 4); Crime Stalker (Carlton Television); and Talk About (BBC 1)  Shortly before the European Referendum vote in June 2016, he was featured prominently on Fox TV News USA to explain the implications of Brexit. He is a world keynote speaker, having spoken in prestigious venues such as The United Nations, The White House, The World Trade Organisation, The Kremlin; and various international cities including Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Lagos, Beijing, Montreal, Los Angeles, Houston and Seattle.


He works to promote the cause of peacemaking and humanitarian efforts. Lord John Taylor opened a hospital in Kingston , Jamaica, his ancestral nation. His work celebrates greater Diversity, especially racial diversity in media, politics, sports, and the higher ranks of business.  Lord John Taylor is an established author and journalist, having written articles for major newspapers and magazines. He is currently writing a book on Immigration and Diversity.  



Key Achievements                                                                                                                                 


  • 1976 – BA (Hons) Law Degree
  • 1978 – Gray’s Inn Advocacy Award winner
  • 1978 – Called to the Bar, Barrister-at-Law
  • 1997 – Appointed by Lord Chancellor as Judge
  • 1999 – Honorary Doctorate in Law, LLD, Warwick University


  • Non-executive Director, Mottram Holdings plc
  • Consultant, Kleinwort Benson Bank
  • Chancellor, Bournemouth University
  • Chairman, Warwick Communications Ltd
  • Vice President, National Small Business Bureau
  • Vice President, British Board of Film Classification


  • Keynote Speaker, National MBA Business Conference, Detroit, USA
  • Keynote Speaker, 50th Human Rights Conference, Moscow, Russia
  • International Corporate Social Responsibility Conference, United Nations, New York


  • TV and Radio Presenter, Crime Stalker (Carlton TV), Talk About (BBC1), The John Taylor Programme (BBC Radio2), Powerhouse (Channel 4)


  • 1986-90 – Solihull Borough Councillor
  • 1990-91 – Special Adviser to the Home Secretary and Ministers of State
  • 1992 – Parliamentary Candidate for Cheltenham
  • 1996 – Life Peerage
  • 1997 – Introduced and carried through the Criminal Evidence Amendment Act 1997
  • 2007 – All Party Parliamentary Information Select Committee


  • 1992-4 Non Executive Director, North West Thames Regional Health Authority
  • Former Warwickshire Colts County Cricketer
  • England International Parliamentary Soccer XI
  • Former Aston Villa FC Youth Team
  • Committee member, Royal Television Society
  • Committee member, Variety Club Children’s Charity
  • Committee member, Radio Academy
  • Patron, Parents for Children Charity
  • Patron, Kidscape
  • Committee member, SCAR (Sickle Cell Anaemia Relief)
  • President, African Caribbean Westminster Business Initiative
  • President, West Indian Senior Citizens’ Association
  • President, Ilford Town Football Club
  • Director, The Warwick Leadership Foundation
  • Patron, Aston Villa Football Club