Former Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey is to become a member of the House of Lords.
Sir Reg stood down as party leader this year after his party failed to win any seats in the General Election.
He led the party for five years and stood down as employment and learning minister after Tom Elliott became UUP leader.
His name was included in a list of peers published on Friday. It is the first list since David Cameron became Prime Minister in June.
Sir Reg said he intends to continue working for Northern Ireland in his new role.