Baroness Lola Young

Member of the House of Lords and campaigner against modern day slavery

After an extensive acting career, Lola Young went on to become professor of Cultural Studies at Middlesex University. Lola became Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority before being appointed an independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords in 2004. Her parliamentary work includes founding and Co-Chairing two All Party Parliamentary Groups – one on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion, and one on Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights. She has been a member of several Select Committees, most recently on Sexual Violence in Conflict and has addressed racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system and the vulnerability of traumatised women and girls. She is currently working on legislation to eliminate modern forms of slavery in supply chains.

Baroness Young has recently been made Honorary Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at Nottingham University. She has sat on the Boards of several national cultural organisations including the Royal National Theatre, the Southbank, and Historic England. Earlier this years Lola was appointed Co-Chair of the Foundation for Future London, a major cultural and educational project in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Despite her heavy work schedule, Lola loves to see as much theatre, film and art as possible. She is keen football fan (and player) and an “obsessive” walker.

If you could change one thing about the world through your work, what would it be?

I want all kinds of businesses to take responsibility and action for the damage caused to people and the planet when they focus exclusively on financial returns.

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