Sally Greengross, Baroness Greengross

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The Baroness Greengross
Official portrait, 2021
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
10 February 2000 – 23 June 2022
Life peerage
Personal details
Sally Ralea Rosengarten

(1935-06-29)29 June 1935
Hendon, England
Died23 June 2022(2022-06-23) (aged 86)
Political partyCrossbench
(m. 1959; died 2018)
Alma mater

Sally Ralea Greengross, Baroness Greengross, OBE (née Rosengarten; 29 June 1935 – 23 June 2022) was a British politician. Awarded an OBE in the 1993 New Year Honours,[1] Greengross was raised to the peerage as Baroness Greengross, of Notting Hill in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in 2000,[2][3] sitting as a crossbencher.

Early life[edit]

Greengross was born in Hendon on 29 June 1935.[4] Her family moved to Brighton after the outbreak of World War II, and she was educated at Brighton and Hove High School, a girls private school.[4] She went on to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science.[5]


Greengross was Director General of Age Concern England from 1987 until 2000; also until 2000, she was joint Chair of the Age Concern Institute of Gerontology at King's College London, and Secretary General of Eurolink Age.[6]

Her appointments included that of Chair of the Advisory Groups for the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and the New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA); and Chief Executive of the International Longevity Centre - UK, President of the Pensions Policy Institute and Honorary Vice President of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Greengross was an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords from 2000 until her death in 2022 and co-chaired five All-Party Parliamentary Groups: Dementia, Corporate Social Responsibility, Bladder and Bowel Continence Care, Social Care and Ageing and Older People. She was the Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Choice at the End of Life and Longevity, and was the Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities. She was also Chair of the cross-party Intergenerational Fairness Forum. In December 2006, it was announced that she would be a Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Whilst Chair of the Association of Retirement Housing Managers, Baroness Greengross made the following statement in the House of Lords on 23 April 2012:

"It is difficult, not least for the providers of schemes, who are dealing with people who are often prepared to spend 12 or more hours a day focusing on those issues and who can make amazing barrack-room lawyers – I do not want to be insulting – because they have so much time to concentrate on that. So it is a difficult as well as an important issue. Housing designed for older people whose needs change as they age faces an almost built-in conflict of interest. They need more services as they age, so the costs are going to rise as more care is provided. Their income tends to be less over the years. They wish to reduce the cost but they need more services. Older and frailer residents are more costly, so when residents manage the schemes themselves they may wish to sell to active, fit and therefore younger people."[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In 1959, she married Alan Greengross; the couple had three daughters and one son.[7] Alan died in August 2018.[8] She was an honorary associate of the National Secular Society.[9]

Greengross died on 23 June 2022, aged 86.[10]


Greengross held honorary doctorates from several British universities. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) degree by the University of Ulster in 1994, Brunel University in 2002, University of Keele in 2004. She was awarded a Doctor of the University (DUniv) degree by the Kingston University in 1996, the Open University and Leeds Metropolitan University in 2002. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the University of Exeter in 2000.[5]


  1. ^ "No. 53153". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1993. p. 10.
  2. ^ "No. 55765". The London Gazette. 15 February 2000. p. 1661.
  3. ^ "Sally Greengross". Parliament of the United Kingdom. Archived from the original on 12 October 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Baroness Greengross, campaigning head of Age Concern who fought to improve policies towards older people – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 24 June 2022. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  5. ^ a b "GREENGROSS". Who's Who 2014. A & C Black. December 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Baroness Sally Greengross", Government Equalities Office, accessed 19 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Greengross, Baroness, (Life Peer)", International Who's Who of Women 2002
  8. ^ "Sir Alan Greengross obituary".
  9. ^ "Honorary Associates". Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Baroness Sally Greengross OBE, 29/06/1935 – 23/06/2022". Alzheimer's Research UK. 23 June 2022. Retrieved 23 June 2022.