Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon OBE
One of Women of the Year’s most stalwart supporters, Baroness Doreen Lawrence was awarded the OBE for services to community relations in 2003 and was made a life peer in the House of Lords in 2013 in recognition of her tireless dedication to community, anti-racism and supporting the disadvantaged. She was recently named the most powerful woman in the country by the BBC. Her efforts in seeking justice for her son, Stephen’s murder has fuelled her on-going commitment to investigations into police corruption and, for her, the changes in policing remain ‘only partly done’.
Following 22 years as the Founding Trustee and President of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, she stepped down to establish the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation where she is continuing to provide a legacy of hope for young people, in particular boys of colour, and disadvantaged communities with educational opportunities, community cohesion and career support.