Kay Andrews was appointed to the House of Lords in 2000. She is currently Deputy Chair of Committees and until recently, also served as Deputy Speaker of the House. In 2009, she was made Chair of English Heritage, forcing her to end her former affiliation to the Labour Party. Until gaining the English Heritage post in 2009, Andrews was a member of Government, serving as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister/Department for Communities and Local Government (2005-09). She had previously been a Government Whip and Spokesperson for Health, Work and Pensions, and Education and Skills (2002-05).
Before being raised to the peerage, Andrews was Director of Education Extra, a charity for out-of-school learning and activities. In 1998 she received an OBE for her contributions to education. Prior to joining the charity in 1992, Andrews spent seven years as a policy adviser to Neil Kinnock, then leader of the Labour Party, and five years as a parliamentary clerk. Between 1968 and 1970, she was a masters student and Fellow of the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University. She completed her undergraduate studies in 1964 at Bangor University. Andrews was born in 1943.