University of Wolverhampton Business
SchoolHonorary Degree of Doctor
of Business Administration
Born in Amritsar in 1959, Sandip Verma came to
Britain a few weeks before her first birthday. Educated in
Leicester City, in 1977 she married Ashok Verma. Wishing to
continue with her education Sandip embarked on higher education
courses in psychology and then a business degree, successfully
operating a high fashion hosiery business before setting up in the
service sector with a care business.
Politics was always Sandip’s passion, at age
11 she had written in an essay she wanted to be Prime Minister of
India. Instead, she set her sights on British politics. Following a
long career in voluntary work amongst grass root issues – fighting
violence against women, setting up local groups for young people
etc- Sandip entered mainstream politics at the age of 40, about to
take on her biggest challenge.
She joined the Conservative Party in 1999,
knowing she had to not only fight the battles outside the party but
help change the party internally to reflect the Britain she knew.
Sandip was made a peer in the House of Lords in 2006. The first
woman of South Asian origin to sit on the front benches in either
Houses of Parliament, she is now responsible for the departmental
briefs of International Development, Equalities and Women in the
Lords Government Whips office and Whip in the Cabinet office. This
makes her a Baroness in Waiting and as such, a member of the
Sandip has always believed that you can make a
difference and empower people to help themselves. She has relied on
the unconditional support of her husband Ashok throughout all the
challenges she has faced.
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