Baroness Glenys Thornton became chief executive of the Young Foundation, a nonprofit, nongovernmental think tank based in London that specializes in social innovation to tackle structural inequality, in June 2015. Thornton has a long and significant involvement in the development of the cooperative and social economy sector in the UK, as well as academia, equality, and local government. Current Governor of the London School of Economics, Glenys founded what became Social Enterprise UK in 2001 and has been a Trustee of Action for Children, Jamie Oliver’s 15 Foundation, Training for Life, and was a board member of the IdEA, the local government improvement agency from 1999–2008.
A member of the United Kingdom House of Lords, Baroness Thornton is the former shadow spokesperson for equalities and women’s issues. She helped to put through the Equality Act of 2010 and has worked on the Equal Marriage Act, Forced Marriage Act, and violence against women legislation.