Camilla Cavendish, Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice
|The Right Honourable|
The Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice
|Member of the House of Lords|
|Assumed office |
6 September 2016
|Director of the Number 10 Policy Unit|
21 May 2015 – 13 July 2016
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Jo Johnson|
|Succeeded by||John Godfrey|
|Born||Hilary Camilla Cavendish|
20 August 1968
|Political party||Non-affiliated (since December 2016)|
|Spouse(s)||Huw van Steenis|
|Alma mater||Brasenose College, Oxford|
Hilary Camilla Cavendish, Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice (born 20 August 1968) is a British journalist and former Director of Policy for Prime Minister David Cameron. Cavendish became a Conservative member of the House of Lords in Cameron's resignation honours, but resigned the party whip in December 2016 to sit as a non-affiliated peer.
Early life and education
Cavendish was educated at Putney High School and graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford in 1989 with a first-class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. At university, she was a contemporary of David Cameron. She was a Kennedy Scholar for two years at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, gaining the degree of Master of Public Administration (MPA).
She helped to found the lobby group London First, and was the first CEO of the not-for-profit trust South Bank Employers' Group, which masterminded the regeneration of the South Bank of the Thames in the late 1990s.
From May 2015 to July 2016, Cavendish was head of the prime minister's policy unit at No10 Downing Street in succession to Jo Johnson. Amongst initiatives, Cavendish is credited with persuading the Prime Minister and his Chancellor about the benefits of a sugar tax; she said that the "link between sugary drinks and obesity are clear and stark". The Soft Drinks Industry Levy came into force in April 2018.
She was awarded the 2008 Paul Foot Award for campaigning journalism and in 2009 the "Campaigning Journalist of the Year" at the British Press Awards. About her prize for Campaigning Journalist of the Year, the judges said: "A good newspaper campaign should be about an issue of serious injustice and strong public interest. A great one will be unexpected, one in which the outcome is not a done deal and which will in the end effect serious change. This campaign does that."[non-primary source needed]
Cavendish won the awards for her articles in The Times about the child protection injustices which she claimed resulted from the Children Act 1989 and the practices of family courts dealing with child protection issues. The campaign convinced the Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw to introduce legislation which opened the family courts to the media in 2009.
Cavendish was ranked the 5th most influential woman in the UK in BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour 2015 PowerList.
Cavendish became a Trustee of the think-tank Policy Exchange in 2002 and was a Trustee of the Thames Festival Trust between 2000 and 2007. On 3 June 2013 she was appointed as a board member for the Care Quality Commission.
In 2013 Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, asked Camilla Cavendish to lead a "An Independent Review into Healthcare Assistants and Support Workers in the NHS and social care settings". The Cavendish Review was published in July 2013. Among the recommendations were “Common training standards across health and social care", and a new ‘Certificate of Fundamental Care’, written in language that is meaningful to patients and the public. For the first time, this would link healthcare assistant training to nurse training. In 2013, Cavendish also became a Trustee of the Foundation Years Trust chaired by Frank Field MP.
She was nominated for a life peerage as part of David Cameron's Resignation Honours and was created Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice, of Mells in the County of Somerset, on 6 September 2016. She resigned the Conservative whip in December 2016 to sit in the Lords as a non-affiliated peer after gaining an unidentified post which required her to sever any party links. In 2017 she became a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
Cavendish was appointed Chair of Frontline in 2017.
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