Baroness Brinton

(Elected 2012)

Baroness Brinton is a Liberal Democrat Peer in the House of Lords, with a special interest in education, skills and learning. She began her career in the mid 1970s as a floor manager at the BBC, later working as a venture capitalist investing in high-tech companies. Shortly after taking her seat in the Lords in 2011, Sal Brinton left her post as Director of the Association of the Universities in the East of England, having had a twenty-year career working and serving in the education sector.

A member of the Board of the East of England Development Agency from 1998 to 2004, Baroness Brinton served as the region’s skills champion, and was chair of the Cambridgeshire Learning and Skills Council from 1999 to 2005. She won the East Anglian Businesswoman of the Year award in 1997 for her work as Bursar of Lucy Cavendish College Cambridge, and later became Bursar of Selwyn College Cambridge from 1997 to 2002. Her contribution to public life also includes serving as a county councillor in Cambridgeshire between 1993 and 2004, holding the education portfolio before becoming leader of the Opposition.

Daughter of Tim Brinton, the former ITN newscaster and Conservative MP for Gravesend, Baroness Brinton was the Liberal Democrat party’s parliamentary candidate for Watford constituency in 2005 and 2010, narrowly losing out by less than 1500 votes both times. Since being made a life peer in 2011, she has championed the cause of part-time students in parliament alongside her longstanding support for disability charity work in the developing world.

She holds an honorary PhD for her contribution to education, skills and learning by Anglia Ruskin University, and is currently a director of the University for Industry. Baroness Brinton said: ‘I am delighted to have been invited to become a Fellow of Birkbeck. In particular I am a great admirer of the work it is doing to bring world class higher education to east London. I live with my family in the heart of Watford, and know what a powerful and positive role education can play in people’s lives.’