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Lola Young

Baroness, House of Lords


After acting in theatre and television, I was an arts administrator, & later professor of Cultural Studies at Middlesex University, a writer, cultural critic and broadcaster. After leading a major initiative at the Black Cultural Archives, I was appointed Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority. I advise arts and cultural organisations on policy, diversity, leadership and strategic planning. I have sat on the Boards of several national cultural organisations including the South Bank Centre, the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, and The National Archives and is currently a trustee of Somerset House. She has been involved in a number of judging panels, including the Art Fund Prize and The Observer Ethical Awards and Chairing the Orange Prize for Literature and the Caine Prize for African Literature. A member of the House of Lords since 2004, Baroness Young is an Independent Cross Bench Peer and has been involved in campaigns criminalising forced labour. established and chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion. currently chair of the task group charged with implementing the recommendations of the Young Review: Improving Outcomes for Young Black &/or Muslim Men.