Brenda was created a Life Peer in 1993 and a member of the Privy Council in 1998. She joined University Council in January 2012.
Her current appointments include Partnership Non-Executive Director of National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and Group Board Director of Places for People. Also Chairman of Empiric Student Property plc. She is a Vice-President of the War Widows Association and President of Abbeyfield Society Charity. Brenda is also a Trustee of the Thomson Foundation and of University College Hospital Cancer Charity. Her past appointments include that of Chairman of the Housing Corporation, Chairman of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body and President of the College of Occupational Therapy, member of the Royal Commission on the Future of the House of Lords and the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
Brenda was a member of the National Committee of Inquiry into the Future of Higher Education – the Dearing Committee. She has been a Council member of City University, London, the Open University and the London School of Economics.
She started her working life in the trade union movement and was subsequently elected General Secretary Society of Graphical and Allied Trades (SOGAT), the printing, publishing and paper trades union.
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