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Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey OBE

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After an extensive acting career, Lola Young went on to become professor of Cultural Studies at Middlesex University, a writer, broadcaster and cultural critic.

Lola subsequently became Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority before being appointed an independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords in 2004. Baroness Young founded and Co-Chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion, and has previously served on Select Committees on Sexual Violence in Conflict and on EU.She is currently working on improving legislation on modern slavery and transparency in supply chain reporting.

As Chair of the Young Review,and Agenda: the Alliance for Women and Girls at Risk, Baroness Young has addressed racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system and the vulnerability of traumatised women and girls.

Baroness Young holds several honorary doctorates, has sat on the Boards of several national cultural organisations, and has been a Chair of judges for the Orange Prize for Literature, and The Observer newspaper Ethical Awards. Most recently, Lola was chair of judges for the Man Booker prize 2017. Baroness Young also chairs the, improving outcomes for young black and Muslim men in the criminal justice system.