We’re thrilled to announce that Baroness Glenys Thornton will join the MSc Global Prosperity students for a guest seminar on 17 November.

Glenys is Chief Executive at The Young Foundation. She grew up in inner city Bradford, attended a local comprehensive, and then studied politics and government at the London School of Economics, where she is now a Governor. 

Glenys has had a career in the voluntary, co-operative and private sectors for over 30 years. Starting at Gingerbread, then the Citizens Advice Bureau and as Project Director at the Institute for Community Studies and Mutual Aid Centre from 1978 – 1981. Her job there was to test and pilot the social innovation ideas arising out of the research conducted by Michael Young. 

A feminist activist from her LSE days, Glenys has worked within the Labour Party to ensure gender balance, and has and still does mentor many women seeking public office. More recently Glenys has been supporting women elected to new parliaments in the developing world, Tanzania, Kenya and Myanmar for example.

Glenys has also been a member of the Co-op since she was 16 years old. She founded what became Social Enterprise UK in 2001 as well as the All Party Parliamentary Group for Social Enterprise. In 2010 she became one of three Patrons of SEUK and in that capacity Glenys has been active in building what is now the Social Economy. 

As a backbench peer Glenys was involved in charity, social innovation and social enterprise debates for 10 years. It is possible she was the first person to use the term Social Enterprise in Parliament. She helped to put through the Community Interest Company Right to Request legislation and the Social Value Act. Glenys also had responsibility for Women and Equalities in the Lords, and helped to put through the Equality Act of 2010.

In this fantastic short video, Glenys talks about her work supporting social enterprise and visits some of the places in East London she used to support.