Kate Parminter, Baroness Parminter

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The Baroness Parminter
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Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats
in the House of Lords
Assumed office
16 July 2015
LeaderBaron Newby
Liberal Democrats Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Spokesperson
In office
16 July 2015 – 12 October 2017
LeaderTim Farron
Sir Vince Cable
Preceded byTim Farron
Succeeded byTim Farron
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
15 July 2010
Life Peerage
Personal details
Kathryn Jane Parminter

(1964-06-24) 24 June 1964 (age 54)
Political partyLiberal Democrats

Kathryn Jane Parminter, Baroness Parminter (born 24 June 1964)[1] is a Liberal Democrat life peer, and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords of the United Kingdom.

She was created Baroness Parminter, of Godalming in the County of Surrey on 15 July 2010[2] and was introduced in the House of Lords on 19 July 2010 and, having supported animal rights causes, chose to wear robes of animal-free ermine.[3] She made her maiden speech two days later in a debate on women in society.

Kate Parminter is an advisor to the Every Child a Reader programme which tackles illiteracy in schools, a trustee of the IPPR think tank and is also a Patron of the Meath Epilepsy Trust.

Professional career[edit]

Prior to her elevation, Baroness Parminter worked as a freelance consultant advising charities and companies (including Lloyd’s, the City of London Corporation, Mencap & Age Concern) on charity issues, campaigning and corporate social responsibility. From 1998-2004 she was Chief Executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, a conservation charity. Between 1990 and 1998 she worked for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, rising from public relations officer to become Head of Public Affairs.[4]

She chaired the Campaign for the Protection of Hunted Animals, which helped to ban hunting, between 1997 and 1998. Before this, she was an account executive at Juliette Hellman PR, a parliamentary researcher for Simon Hughes MP, and a graduate marketing trainee for The Nestlé Co Ltd.[4]

Political career[edit]

Parminter was a Liberal Democrat councillor on Horsham District Council in West Sussex between 1987 and 1995. In 2008 she was appointed by Nick Clegg to work on the Party's Reform Commission, which was charged with outlining a route map for the Party's future. She was a member of the Party's Federal Executive Committee, which endorsed the proposal to join the coalition government with the Conservatives in May 2010, and the Federal Finance and Administration Committee. She was offered the position three years before accepting but declined the offer as she wanted to look after her children.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Baroness Parminter grew up in West Sussex and was educated at state schools in Horsham. She studied Theology at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford between 1983 and 1986. She lives in Godalming, Surrey with her husband Neil Sherlock and their two school-age daughters.[6] a public affairs partner at KPMG,[7]

Neil Sherlock stood unsuccessfully as a Lib Dem for the seat of South West Surrey in 1992 and 1997. In November 2011, Sherlock became director of government relations (special adviser) in Nick Clegg's deputy prime minister's private office.[8]


  1. ^ "Baroness Kathryn Jane Parminter, Member Of The House Of Lords from London". Directorstats.co.uk. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  2. ^ "No. 59493". The London Gazette. 20 July 2010. p. 13809.
  3. ^ "Newsnight: Michael Crick: "No-ermine ermine" for animal rights champion". BBC. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b [1] Archived 26 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Hope, Christopher (25 February 2013). "Lord Rennard: LibDem whistle blowing email run by wife of Clegg special adviser is 'seriously flawed'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  7. ^ Hope, Christopher (25 February 2013). "Lord Rennard: Lib Dems bring in private firm to run whistle blowing system after criticism from campaigners". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  8. ^ Winnett, Robert (27 November 2011). "Donor who paid straight into Nick Clegg's account becomes his adviser". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 March 2017.