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New President for the Trading Standards Institute

The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is delighted to welcome their new president Baroness Crawley of Edgbaston.  She recently agreed to take up the post left vacant after the previous president Air Marshal Lord Garden sadly passed away in 2007.

TSI chief executive Ron Gainsford said: 'We have always been fortunate in having such extraordinary gifted and sincerely supportive peers as our presidents – we already know that this good fortune will continue with Baroness Crawley.   We are very grateful that she has agreed to be our new president.'

The Baroness has been a member of the House of Lords since 1998 and served as a Government Whip 2002 – 2008, and again in 2009.

Before then she was an MEP for the West Midlands for 15 years, five of which she was chair of the European Parliament's Women's Rights Committee.   When she stepped down as MEP in 1999 she became chair of the Women’s National Commission. Baroness Crawley of Edgbaston also has experience serving in local government as a Councillor.

On taking up her new role as president of TSI Baroness Crawley of Edgbaston said: 'It is a real privilege and an honour to be asked to be the new president of TSI. 

'The excellent work of the trading standards community is a continuing success story that needs to be understood and appreciated across the country and across government.  I will enthusiastically play my part in promoting that story.'

Notes to Editors:

A more detailed biography:

Born in Wicklow, Ireland, Christine Crawley grew up in Plymouth and Devon. She was educated in Plymouth and London, after graduating she started her career as a teacher and youth theatre leader. Her work with local government started with Didcot Town Council and South Oxfordshire District Council from 1979 to 1982. She was a member of the European Parliament for Birmingham East between 1984 and 1999. In 1998 she entered the House of Lords as Baroness Crawley of Edgbaston in the County of West Midlands. Between 2002 and 2008 she served as Government Whip and Spokesperson for policy areas including, Foreign Policy, Defence, Overseas Development, Education and Transport. She was Chair of the Women's National Commission and Chair, West Midlands Cultural Consortium 1999-2002. In her spare time Baroness Crawley enjoys reading, walking and babysitting her grandchildren.

The Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference 2009

The national Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference 2009, organised by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is a 'must' for consumer journalists!

The TSI-hosted annual Conference and Exhibition is the leading consumer affairs and trading standards event in Europe.

The 2009 Conference is being held at the Brighton Centre from Tuesday 30 June to Thursday 02 July. The conference press office will be open from 9am on Monday 29 June (the day before the event starts) until 5pm on Thursday 02 July.

Journalists and photographers are welcome to attend but should contact the press office on 0845 608 9430 to arrange passes.

The conference is hosted by TSI chairman Peter Denard and the main sponsor is the British Toy and Hobby Association.

Some 3,000 people are attending the conference, including representatives from local and central government and those interested in fair trading, representatives of business and commerce, together with consumer organisations. This makes it an ideal place for consumer affairs journalists to mingle and make contacts!

Trading Standards Institute

The Trading Standards Institute has represented the interests of Trading Standards professionals for 120 years. We have a long and proud history of ensuring that the views of our members are well represented at the highest level of government, both nationally and internationally.

Our aim is to promote excellence and enhance the professionalism of our members in support of empowering and informing consumers, encouraging and working with honest businesses, targeting rogue traders and rogue trading practices and contributing to the health, welfare and wellbeing of citizens and communities.

TSI members are engaged in delivering frontline trading standards services in local authorities in response to 2 million consumer and business complaints and enquiries each year. They also support the delivery of new initiatives such as Consumer Direct, providing first point of contact practical consumer advice.

They also work in the business, consumer and central government sectors in promoting and influencing the safety, prosperity and enhancement of individuals and markets with a dependency on effective and professional trading standards contributions and interventions.