Diana Eccles, Viscountess Eccles

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The Viscountess Eccles

Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
10 May 1990
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1933-10-04) 4 October 1933 (age 87)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)John Eccles, 2nd Viscount Eccles
ChildrenThe Hon. Alice Eccles
The Hon. William Eccles
The Hon. Catherine Eccles
The Hon. Emily Eccles
Alma materOpen University
OccupationPeer and Businesswoman

Diana Catherine Eccles, Viscountess Eccles (Baroness Eccles of Moulton in her own right) DL (born 4 October 1933) is a British Conservative peer and businesswoman.

Education and early career[edit]

The daughter of Raymond and Margaret Sturge née Keep, she was educated at St James's School in West Malvern and at the Open University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in 1978. Eccles worked voluntary at the Middlesbrough Community Council from 1955 to 1958, and was partner in a graphic design business from 1963 to 1977. Between 1974 and 1985, she was a member of the North Eastern Electricity Board, between 1981 and 1987 vice-chairman of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and between 1982 and 1984 chairman of the Tyne Tees Television Programme Consultative Council. Since 1981, she is lay member of the Durham University Council and since 1985 its vice-chairman.

Later career[edit]

Lady Eccles was further a member of the Advisory Council on Energy Conservation at the Department of Energy from 1982 to 1984, of the Widdicombe Inquiry into Local Government and the Home Office Advisory Panel on Licences for Experimental Community Radio from 1985 to 1986, and of the British Rail Eastern Board from 1986 to 1992. She was director of Tyne Tees Television from 1986 to 1994, of J. Sainsbury plc from 1986 to 1995, and of Yorkshire Electricity Group plc from 1990 to 1997. Between 1990 and 1999, she was a member of the Unrelated Live Transplant Regulatory Authority and between 1991 and 1996 director of the National and Provincial Building Society. Since 1998, she is director of the Times Newspapers Holdings Ltd and of Opera North and since 2003 of London Clinic.

Eccles was a trustee of the Charities Aid Foundation from 1982 to 1989 and member of the British Heart Foundation from 1989 to 1998. Having been trustee for the York Minster Trust Fund between 1989 and 1999, she has been it again since 2006. On 10 May 1990, she was created a life peer as Baroness Eccles of Moulton, of Moulton in the County of North Yorkshire and became a member of the House of Lords.[1] In 1995, Eccles received an Honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of Durham.

Personal life[edit]

Since 1955, she has been married to the 2nd Viscount Eccles. They have three daughters and one son, her husband's heir apparent The Hon. William David Eccles. She and her husband are one of the few couples who both hold noble titles in their own right.

Lords Select Committees Membership[edit]

  • Pre-Legislative Scrutiny on Mental Health Bill (2004-2005)
  • Communications (2007-2010)
  • Intergovernmental Organisations (2008)[2]


  • Miss Diana Sturge (1933–1955)
  • Mrs Diana Eccles (1955–1962)
  • The Hon. Mrs Diana Eccles (1962–1990)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Eccles of Moulton (1990–1999)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Viscountess Eccles, Baroness Eccles of Moulton (1999-)


  1. ^ "No. 52139". The London Gazette. 15 May 1990. p. 9167.
  2. ^ "Baroness Eccles of Moulton, House of Lords". Retrieved 15 October 2013.