Baroness Glenys Thornton
Glenys Thornton is currently the CEO of The Young Foundation, a research and action based institute which works across the UK and internationally to create insight and innovations which put people at the heart of social change. She is also a Labour and Co-operative member of the UK House of Lords.
The Young Foundation has created over 60 high profile organisations including Which?, The Open University, Action for Happiness, School for Social Entrepreneurs and Uprising and it currently hosts and supports Agenda alliance.
Glenys was previously Minister of Health and also Minister for Women and Equalities, helping to steer through Equality Act 2010. From 2010 – 12 she was Shadow Minister for Health and then became Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities from 2012- 2015, where helped to put the Equal Marriage Act on the statute book. Glenys remains an officer of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Domestic Violence and a member of the All Party Women and Equality Group, she regularly contributes to Lords debates on domestic violence, online security and women and equality. She is a mentor of women who wish to entre public life for Fabian Women’s Network.
Glenys was Founding Chair of Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and is now it’s Patron. Formerly Trustee 15 Foundation; Action for Children; Training for Life and General Secretary of the Fabian Society. She is also Senior Associate for Social Business International and Social Enterprise Leaders network E3M and a Parliamentary British Council Ambassador. She has a Hon Doctorate in Social Science from Bradford University and is also Emeritus Governor at the London School of Economics and Vice Chair of Social Innovation Exchange (SIX).