Members of the House of Lords bring experience and knowledge from a wide range of occupations.
Many members continue to be active in their fields and have successful careers in business, culture, science, sports, academia, law, education, health and public service. They bring this knowledge to their role of examining matters of public interest that affect all UK citizens.
Currently, there are about 800 members who are eligible to take part in the work of the House of Lords. The majority are life peers.
How members are appointed
Members of the House of Lords are appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister. Some non-party-political members are recommended by an independent body, the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
Image: House of Lords 2014/Annabel Moeller