Audrey Emerton, Baroness Emerton

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Audrey Caroline Emerton, Baroness Emerton DBE, GCStJ, FRCN (born 10 September 1935) is a crossbench member of the House of Lords.

Appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1989 New Year Honours,[1] she was created a life peer as Baroness Emerton, of Tunbridge Wells in the County of Kent and of Clerkenwell in the London Borough of Islington on 17 February 1997.[2][3]


She worked in the National Health Service as Chief Nursing Officer of South East Thames Regional Health Authority throughout the 1980s, and is chiefly remembered and honoured for leading the programme that replaced Darenth Park Hospital, a huge asylum for people with learning disabilities, which closed in August 1988.[4]


Emerton was Chancellor and Chief Commander of St John Ambulance and a volunteer with the organization for more than 70 years. She submitted her resignation in January 2002, saying she did not wish to seek a further three years in the post when her period of office expired in June 2002 [5]

She was elected Chairman of the charity Attend (formerly known as National Association of Hospital and Community Friends) in 2003. She retired as Chairman in 2006 but was named Vice-President, a position she still holds.[6]

She served as chairman of the Brighton Health Care NHS Trust from 1994 to 2000: the Audrey Emerton Building, an educational facility of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, is named in her honour.[7]



  1. ^ "No. 51578". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1988. p. 7.
  2. ^ "No. 54685". The London Gazette. 20 February 1997. p. 2133.
  3. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage". Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Baroness Audrey Emerton - UKCC Chair of and Chief Commander of St John Ambulance". Nursing Times. March 2010.
  5. ^ Benjamin, Alison (1 May 2002). "Running into trouble". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "Attend VIPs". Attend. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  7. ^ "About Us". The Audrey Emerton Building. Retrieved 22 April 2019.