Baroness Tessa Blackstone awarded Légion d’honneur
On Tuesday 7 June, Baroness Tessa Blackstone was awarded the Légion d’honneur by French Ambassador Sylvie Bermann.
Known for her role as Cabinet Office adviser working on the Central Policy Review Staff and the fresh look she gave to the British administration, she later occupied the posts of university professor, Master of Birkbeck College and Vice Chancellor of the University of Greenwich. During her first tenure as Minister of State, she was a strong advocate for broader and fairer access to education.
Baroness Blackstone is also one of Britain’s most influential cultural figures and has occupied the post of Minister of State for the Arts.
However it is especially in recognition of her current role as President of the Franco-British Council, and her exceptional work towards strengthening cooperation between our two countries, that Tessa Blackstone received the Légion d’honneur.
Ambassador Bermann thanked her for her great dedication: "You have constantly encouraged the Council to demonstrate the exceptional richness of our bilateral relationship in many innovative ways, transcending the framework of interstate relations."