LABOUR & CO-OPERATIVE MEMBER | HOUSE OF LORDS
Baroness Glenys Thornton was the Chief Executive of The Young Foundation from June 2015 to October 2017 and continues to support their work as a Senior Fellow.
Glenys has had a career in the voluntary, co-operative and private sectors for over 30 years, starting at Gingerbread, then the Citizens Advice Bureau and leaving them to work as Project Director at the Institute for Community Studies and Mutual Aid Centre from 1978 to 1981. Her job was to test and pilot the social innovation ideas arising out of the research conducted by Michael Young. She left the ICS to become Political Secretary of the Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society, joining the public affairs team of the Co-operative Wholesale Society upon their merger in 1985 and working there until 1992. In 1993 Glenys became the General Secretary of the Fabian Society.
As a backbench peer, Glenys was involved in charity, social innovation and social enterprise debates for 10 years. It is possible she was the first person to use the term Social Enterprise in Parliament. She helped to put through the Community Interest Company Right to Request legislation and the Social Value Act.