British Labour Party member of the House of Lords. President of NCVO which champions the voluntary sector & was a founding member of Acevo, the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations.
Lady Pitkeathley's first job was working for Manchester City Council as a trainee child care officer in 1961.
She worked in the voluntary sector, as chief executive of Carers National Association (now renamed Carers UK) for which she was awarded an OBE in the 1993 Birthday Honours.
Mrs Pitkeathley was created a life peer as Baroness Pitkeathley, of Caversham in the Royal County of Berkshire on 6 October 1997.
Since 1998 she has been chair of one of the lottery distributors, the New Opportunities Fund. In 2004, she was appointed chair of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS).
Lady Pitkeathley was a founding member of Acevo, the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations and she is currently the president of NCVO which champions the voluntary sector and volunteering because they're essential for a better society.
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