Sally Greengross, Baroness Greengross

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The Baroness Greengross
Sally Greengross 2006.jpg
Sally, Baroness Greengross in 2006
Member of the House of Lords
Assumed office
MonarchElizabeth II
Personal details
Sally Ralea Rosengarten

(1935-06-29) 29 June 1935 (age 86)
Political partyCrossbench
Spouse(s)Alan Greengross
Alma mater

Sally Ralea Greengross, Baroness Greengross, OBE (née Rosengarten; born 29 June 1935) is a British politician. Awarded an OBE in the 1993 New Year's 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 Sally Ralea Rosengarten on 29 June 1935. She was educated at Brighton and Hove High School, a girls independent school in Brighton and Hove. She went on to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science.[4]


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.[5]

Her appointments include 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.

Political career[edit]

She has been an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords since 2000 and Co-Chairs five All-Party Parliamentary Groups: Dementia, Corporate Social Responsibility, Bladder and Bowel Continence Care, Social Care and Ageing and Older People. She is the Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Choice at the End of Life and Longevity, and is Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities. Sally is 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.”

Personal life[edit]

In 1959, she married Alan Greengross; they have three daughters and one son.[6] Alan died in August, 2018.[7] She is an honorary associate of the National Secular Society[8]


She holds honorary doctorates from a number of British universities. She has been 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.[4]


  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 "GREENGROSS". Who's Who 2014. A & C Black. December 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Baroness Sally Greengross", Government Equalities Office, accessed 19 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Greengross, Baroness, (Life Peer)", International Who's Who of Women 2002
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  8. ^ "Honorary Associates". Retrieved 20 June 2019.