Kate Parminter, Baroness Parminter

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The Right Honourable
The Baroness Parminter
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Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords
Assumed office
16 July 2015
Leader Baron Newby
Liberal Democrats Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Spokesperson
Assumed office
16 July 2015
Leader Tim Farron
Preceded by Tim Farron
Personal details
Born (1964-06-24) 24 June 1964 (age 52)
Political party Liberal Democrats

Kathryn Jane "Kate" Parminter, Baroness Parminter (born 24 June 1964) 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[1] 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.[2] She made her maiden speech two days later in a debate on women in society.

She 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 to 2004 she was the Chief Executive of the conservation charity the Campaign to Protect Rural England. 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. She also 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.[3]

Political career[edit]

Baroness 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 is currently 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 also 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. [4]

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,[5] a public affairs partner at KPMG,[6] and two school age daughters. Neil Sherlock stood unsuccessfully for the seat of South West Surrey in 1992 and 1997. In November 2011, Neil Sherlock became director of government relations (special adviser) in Nick Clegg's deputy prime minister's private office.[7]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 59493. p. 13809. 20 July 2010.
  2. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/newsnight/michaelcrick/2010/07/noermine_ermine_for_animal_rig.html
  3. ^ http://www.debretts.com/people/biographies/browse/p/20062/Kate+PARMINTER.aspx
  4. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/representatives/profiles/87582.stm
  5. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/liberaldemocrats/9892844/Lord-Rennard-LibDem-whistle-blowing-email-run-by-wife-of-Clegg-special-adviser-is-seriously-flawed.html
  6. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/liberaldemocrats/9893252/Lord-Rennard-Lib-Dems-bring-in-private-firm-to-run-whistle-blowing-system-after-criticism-from-campaigners.html
  7. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/nick-clegg/8919507/Donor-who-paid-straight-into-Nick-Cleggs-account-becomes-his-adviser.html