Barbara Young, Baroness Young of Old Scone

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The Baroness Young of Old Scone

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Baroness Young of Old Scone in 2019
3rd Chancellor of Cranfield University
Assumed office
Preceded byRichard Vincent, Baron Vincent of Coleshill
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
4 November 1997
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1948-04-08) 8 April 1948 (age 72)
Political partyLabour (until 2000 and since 2015)
Other political
Non-affiliated (2000-2015)

Barbara Scott Young, Baroness Young of Old Scone, FRSGS, HonMLS (born 8 April 1948 in Perth, Scotland)[1] is a Labour member of the House of Lords. She was created a life peer on 4 November 1997 as Baroness Young of Old Scone, of Old Scone in Perth and Kinross.[2]

Baroness Young is currently chair of the Woodland Trust. She joined the Trust's Board in January 2016 and became chair on 9 June 2016.

She was the Chief Executive of health charity Diabetes UK, a position she took up on 1 November 2010 till September 2015.[3]

Before joining Diabetes UK, Young was involved in the establishment of the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Then Health Secretary Alan Johnson announced the appointment of Baroness Young as chair of the organisation on 15 April 2008.[4] The announcement followed an independent recruitment exercise conducted by the Appointments Commission and a pre-appointment scrutiny hearing.[5] by the Health Select Committee, which subsequently endorsed Barbara Young for appointment as the CQC chair. She held this position until 1 February 2010.[6]

Prior to taking up the post of chair of the CQC, Barbara Young was the chief executive of the Environment Agency (2000 – May 2008), an appointment which led to her becoming a non-affiliated member in the House of Lords; previously she had taken the Labour whip. Other posts she has held include chair of English Nature; vice chairman of the BBC; board member of AWG plc; Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and of a number of local health authorities, including Parkside Health Authority.

In 2010 Barbara Young was appointed Chancellor of Cranfield University [7] and was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2017.[8]


  1. ^ "Baroness Young of Old Scone". Anglia Ruskin University. 6 July 2011. Archived from the original on 17 December 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  2. ^ "No. 54942". The London Gazette. 10 November 1997. p. 12601.
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  4. ^ "Care Quality Commission Chair announced" (Press release). Department of Health. 15 May 2008. Retrieved 16 September 2008.[permanent dead link]
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  6. ^ "News | Care Quality Commission". Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
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  8. ^ "RSE Welcomes 60 New Fellows". Retrieved 10 March 2017.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Richard Vincent, Baron Vincent of Coleshill
Chancellor of Cranfield University
Succeeded by