Baroness Helen Newlove is known for her warm, approachable nature and her life enhancing speeches leave audiences transfixed. Helen’s message is one of courage, determination and hope as she describes how she fought tooth and claw for justice.
Easy to relate to and inspiring are just a few of the words which sum up Baroness Newlove. The Parliamentary peer, campaigner and former Victims’ Commissioner life fell apart on 12 August 2007. On that day Helen Newlove’s husband Garry was fatally attacked by a gang of teenage yobs on the family doorstep. He was kicked to death by a gang of teenage yobs.
The murder marked a watershed moment hitting the headlines for months. Despite grieving deeply Helen became determined to fight for justice but it took tremendous bravery and resilience. Furthermore, to get to grips with what happened she decided she wanted to help crime victims and became a victims’ advocate. Eventually she became the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wale but it’s been a rocky journey.
Her journey from teenager fryer, working in a Mancunian chip shop, to shy housewife, bereaved widow, campaigner and elevation to the House of Lords is living proof that it is possible to survive tragedy and emerge even stronger. Today Baroness Newlove is a respected campaigner, Parliamentary peer and deputy speaker in the House of Lords.
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Shortly after Garry Newlove was murdered in 2007, his widow Helen’s emotionally charged speech on the court steps caught the attention of the world’s media. She made this speech following the conviction of teenage hooligans who killed her husband. Unexpectedly it also catapulted her into the spotlight. She will always be remembered for publicly pleading with parents to take responsibility for their children.
Literally overnight, Helen found herself in demand from all sections of the media. Her forthright views on anti-social behaviour and the savage damage it wreaks rang a cord with everyone. She was suffering from deep grief but was determined things had to be said
She became focused on making a difference to how crime victims are treated. Helen couldn’t let it drop. And as a result she was appointed Government Champion for Active, Safer Communities. The then Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. David Cameron bestowed a peerage on her.
Appointed as Victims’ Commissioner for England & Wales (2012-2019)
Helen campaigned tirelessly to champion the cause of crime victims and witnesses. She travelled the country, meeting victims and listening to their stories. It wasn’t without it’s rocky moments but Helen didn’t waiver.
She lobbied high-powered ministers, heads of criminal justice agencies and Chief Constables. Furthermore she published major reviews. In particular, she shone a light on the failings of the criminal justice system. Holding ministers to account, she never wavered in her goal to deliver better treatment for victims.
“As Victims’ Commissioner, I had no legal powers but I had my voice, influence and access to those who do have power,” she reflected.
Helen appears regularly in the press and is a popular contributor to national TV and radio, Her appearances include Today, BBC Breakfast, BBC Breakfast and Victoria Derbyshire. She also regularly reviews ‘The Papers’ on BBC News.
Baroness Newlove is enjoying her extraordinary and late-blossoming career. She recently became Pro-Vice Chancellor of Bolton University, providing vibrant leadership for the university’s rich, diverse education.
Crime victims remain close to her heart and Helen is patron of Resolve, an anti-social abuse charity. She is also President of Bolton Lads and Girls Club.
Baroness Newlove also enjoys delivering memorable keynote, motivational and after-dinner speeches.
Helen Newlove exudes old-fashioned northern grit and stylish dynamism. She is a positive inspiration for a generation of older women. Now 58, she’s in her prime and firmly believes it’s never too late to make it.
“You just need talent, energy and self-belief. All the 50-somethings I know are full of energy, so with the kids flying the nest, it’s a great time to take a risk, switch careers and go for it!”
Speaking topics: tragedy, bereavement, crime, courage, career, House of Lords and success.