Hospiscare Vice-president, Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss GBE, was appointed to the House of Lords as an independent peer in 2006. She was president of the Family Division from 1 October 1999 to 6 April 2005, and the first lady Lord Justice of Appeal from 1988 to 1999. She was chairman of the Cleveland Child Abuse Inquiry from 1987 to 1988.
Baroness Butler-Sloss was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 1955, as a Bencher in 1979, and Treasurer in 1998. She is a former Chairman of St. Paul’s Cathedral Advisory Council, a former Chancellor of the University of the West of England, a former governor of Wycombe Abbey School and Merchant Taylors’ School, a governor of Coram and a patron of the Grandparents’ Association. She is Visitor to, and Hon Fellow of, St Hilda’s College Oxford and Hon Fellow of Peterhouse and Corpus Christi Colleges, Cambridge and King’s College, London, and of several medical colleges. She chaired the commission advising on the appointment of the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002 and was chairman of the Security Commission.
She is currently chairing a commission on forced marriage and has just completed chairing the Commission on Religion and Belief in Modern-Day Britain. She has also chaired a Visitation of Exeter Cathedral.
She is Co-chairman of an all-party parliamentary group on human trafficking and modern slavery, a vice chairman and trustee of the Human Trafficking Foundation and a member of the Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s Advisory Panel.
She is married with three children and six grandchildren.