Baroness Jill Pitkeathley (Patron)
Baroness Jill Pitkeathley (Patron) trained as a social worker and was a child care officer in Manchester and Essex. In the 1970s she worked for the health service as a Voluntary Services Coordinator in Berkshire.
In 1986 she became Chief Executive of what was then the National Council for Carers and led the carers movement for the next 12 years, creating Carers National Association (now Carers UK) and turning what had been a private, hidden trouble, the needs of Great Britain's six million carers, into a public issue, high on the political and social policy agenda.
From 1998 to 2004 she was the first Chair of the New Opportunities Fund, responsible for allocating £2 billion of lottery money and also was the first Chair of the General Social Care Council for its first six months.
In 2004 Jill became Chair of CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) which is an NDPB that looks after the interests of children involved in family proceedings. It works with children and their families, and advises the courts on what it considers to be in the best interests of the child.
In 2005 she also took on the role of Chair of the Home Office Advisory Panel on Futurebuilders.
Jill is currently President of Volunteering England, Community Council for Berkshire and Patron of The Prostate Cancer Charity. She is Vice President of Carers UK and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers. And President of Eurocarers. She was raised to the peerage in 1997, sits on the Labour benches and is a very active working peer.
Jill has published several books on topics such as carers, volunteering and being an only child. Her first novel, published in 2004 'Cassandra and Jane' is about the sister of Jane Austen. Her interests include walking - not too far, theatre and grandchildren.