About Joan Walmsley
Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Back Bench Committee on Education, Families and Young People
Joan Walmsley hails from Liverpool where she
also went to University.
After graduating in Biology she went to work in the health service and after a number of years out of the workplace bringing up her two children she trained as a teacher and taught in the secondary sector.
She then went into public relations where she worked for Hill & Knowlton for nine years before setting up her own business.
has also been involved in policy development.
chaired a working party on "Crime and Policing" and reviewed the party's policy on illegal drugs.
On family and children policy, she chaired the working group on Early Years, which wrote the policy paper "Fair Foundations", and was a member of the group that produced the childcare plicy document "Stronger Families, Brighter Futures".
She has recently been a member of the working party which produced the 5-19 Education policy paper, "Equity and Excellence".
stood for Parliament in 1992 and 1997 and in the European elections of 1999.
is now Children, Schools and Families Spokesperson in the Lords.
She has served on the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology and is the Vice-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children.
is passionate about music.
She is a member and former chairman of the Parliament Choir and supports the Southbank Sinfonia, an orchestra for recently graduated young musicians.
is very active in charity work, mostly relating to children and plant conservation.