Brexit and Social Sustainability
Baroness Diana Warwick
Baroness Diana Warwick will consider the sustainability of our social infrastructure and the implications for public policy in relation to two specific areas, higher education and social housing, in the context of the referendum decision to leave the European Union, and the divisions within the country which the vote exposed.
The Higher Education and Social Housing sectors both rely (in varying degrees) on public funding and are part of the national infrastructure framework, yet each has quite distinct governance structures independent of Government. Because of this, they have greater control over their own responses to the impact of Brexit and Baroness Warwick will urge them to challenge themselves on the way in which they might respond. She will also call on the Government to be more imaginative in the way it now delivers the key goal of sustainability i.e. how its policies will contribute not only to the current but also the future need to meet human aspirations.
Baroness Warwick is currently the Chair of the National Housing Federation, the body representing housing associations in England. She was Chair of the Human Tissue Authority until 2014. Before that she was the Chief Executive of Universities UK for 14 years where she led the body representing the executive heads of 130 universities, both nationally and internationally. She was a Fulbright Commissioner until last year.
Diana was a leading trade unionist for 20 years, and Chief Executive of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. She has also held a number of non-executive and public sector roles including USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme), British Council, Commonwealth Institute, and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
She has chaired several voluntary organisations including Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), International Students House, NCVO, she was a founding member of the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life. She has Honorary degrees from 5 universities. Diana was awarded a Life Peerage in 1999 in recognition of her public service.
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