One of the country's senior advisers on policing has been made a life peer.
Dr Ruth Henig, chair of Lancashire Police Authority has been chair of the National Association of Police Authorities since it began in 1997.
The honour for 60-year-old Dr Henig, who recently retired as dean of arts and humanities at Lancaster University,
was announced on Saturday.
She has been involved in a number of high profile advisory groups and was awarded a CBE in 2000.
"Naturally I am very excited at the prospect of starting a new career and as I shall be the only peer from North Lancashire, it will be a great opportunity for me to continue to raise local issues such as health, education and safer communities at a national level," said Dr Henig.
In recent years she has worked on the Home Office Steering group on the Lawrence inquiry recommendations in 1999 and the Street Crime Action Group 2002, which was chaired personally by the Prime Minister.
Dr Henig, who is married, is the daughter of Jewish refugees who came to this county from Holland in 1940.
She taught history for 34 years.