Monday, April 26, 2021

The Baroness O'Cathain, OBE 1938-2021

 _.The Baroness O'Cathain, who died 23 April, 2021, aged 83, was a Conservative member of the House of Lords. She was Managing Director of The Barbican Centre 1990-95.

She was born 3 February, 1938, daughter of Caoimhghin O'Cathain and his wife Margaret. She married in 1968, William Bishop [who died 2001].

She was educated at University College, Dublin.

Career: Aer Lingus, Dublin 1961-66; Group Economist, Tarmac, 1966-69; Economic Adviser, Rootes Motors 1969-72; Senior Economist, Carrington Vyella 1972-73; Economic Adviser, British Leyland, 1973-74; Director, Market Planning, Leyland Cars 1974-76; Corporate Planning Executive, Unigate 1976-81; Milk Marketing Board: Head of Strategic Planning 1981-83; Director and General Manager, 1984; Managing Director, Milk Marketing, 1985-88; Adviser on Agricultural Marketing to the Minister of Agriculture 1979-83. Non executive director: Midland Bank 1984-93; Channel 4 1985-86; Tesco 1985-2000; Sears 1987-94; British Airways from 1993 to 2004; BET 1994-96; BNP Parisbas [formerly BNP] UK Holdings Ltd, from 1995; Thistle Hotels, from 1996; South East Water, 1998; William Baird plc from 2000; Alders plc from 2000; FCIM 1987 [President, 1998-2001]; FRSA, 1986.

She was appointed OBE in 1983.

She was awarded a life peerage in 1991 and was gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness O'Cathain, of The Barbican in the City of London.

Her home for many years was at Arundel, West Sussex.


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