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This profile was last updated on 12/13/11  and contains information from public web pages.

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About Joan Walmsley (Baroness Joan Walmsley), 13 Dec 2011 [cached]
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.
Joan has also been involved in policy development. She 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".
She stood for Parliament in 1992 and 1997 and in the European elections of 1999. She 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.
Joan 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. She is very active in charity work, mostly relating to children and plant conservation.
Children Webmag - Children are Unbeatable, 15 Jan 2003 [cached]
Joan Walmsley is a former teacher and PR consultant who entered the House of Lords in May 2000.She has served for two years as the Liberal Democrat Deputy Education Spokesman with responsibility for the Early Years but has recently been appointed as Deputy Home Affairs Spokesman.She is a keen supporter of CAU!, an NSPCC Parliamentary Ambassador and a member of the Executive Committee of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children.She has often spoken on child protection issues in the House and on the media, regularly questioning the Government's decision not to amend the law on physical punishment of children and is passionate about playing a part in making that change happen.
Contacts (Welsh Liberal Democrats), 18 Dec 2014 [cached]
Joan Walmsley
Joan Walmsley
Joan Walmsley's website
Baroness Walmsley - Trustee, 26 June 2009 [cached]
Joan Walmsley was created a Life Peer in 2000 after a career as a cytologist, a teacher and a Public Relations Consultant.
She is the Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Children, School and Families. She has been active on many Liberal Democrat Committees as well as being President of Women Liberal Democrats.
Her charity work includes being Chairman of Botanic Gardens Conservation International, a Patron of CRAE (Children's Rights Alliance of England), The Infant Trust, the Family Planning Association, the SKCV Children's Trust (a charity for protecting and educating street children in India), and the Helena Kennedy Trust, and she is a Parliamentary Ambassador for the NSPCC.
BGCI Board of Directors, 4 Feb 2010 [cached]
Baroness Joan Walmsley - Chair
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