After an acting career, Lola Young went on to become professor of Cultural Studies at Middlesex University, a writer, and cultural critic. Lola subsequently became Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority. Baroness Young has sat on the Boards of several national cultural organisations and participated in judging panels such as the Orange Prize for Literature, and The Observer newspaper Ethical Awards. She was appointed an independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords in 2004. Baroness Young Co-Chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion. A member of the review of Children in Care in the Youth Justice System and the House of Lords Select committee on sexual violence in conflict, Baroness Young also chairs the Young Review, improving outcomes for young black and Muslim men in the criminal justice system.