Her interests include:
Advisory Committee on Alcohol Problems
Non executive director and council member (broadcast and non-broadcast media), Advertising Standards Authority
Member, Alcohol Education and Research Council
Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Modern Languages Group (since 2008)
Vice-President, Chartered Institute of Linguists
In February, 2007, the House of Lords Appointments Commission recommended she should be conferred with a Life Peerage as a Crossbencher in Parliament. Her title was gazetted as Baroness Coussins, of Whitehall Park in the London Borough of Islington on 23 March, 2007. She has been conferred Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Lady Coussins married, in 1976, Roger J. Hamilton, with whom she has three children.
Lady Coussins" coat of arms is blazoned as follows:.