Camilla Cavendish Keynote Speaker

  • Contributing editor and columnist at The Financial Times
  • Senior Fellow at Harvard University
  • Leader of the Independent ‘Cavendish Report’ review into care in the NHS

Camilla Cavendish's Biography

Camilla Cavendish  is a journalist, contributing editor and columnist at The Financial Times, Senior Fellow at Harvard University and former Director of Policy for Prime Minister David Cameron.  She has a particular interest in social and healthcare issues. Camilla is the author of the UK government’s sugar tax legislation.

In 2013 Camilla was commissioned by the British Department of Health to lead an independent review into healthcare assistance in the NHS and care homes.

In 2019, she published ‘Extra Time: Ten Lesson for an Ageing World

A former Associate Editor, columnist and leader writer for The Times, she was awarded the 2008 Paul Foot Award for campaigning journalism. In 2009 she was also awarded “Campaigning Journalist of the Year” at the British Press Awards. Camilla won the awards for her writings in The Times about the child protection injustices which she claimed resulted from the Children Act 1989 and the practices of family courts dealing with child protection issues. Her campaign convinced the Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw to introduce legislation which opened the family courts to the media in 2009.

She has worked as a McKinsey management consultant, an aid worker, and as an aide to the CEO of Pearson Plc. She helped to found the lobby group London First, and was the first CEO of the not-for-profit trust South Bank Employers’ Group, which masterminded the regeneration of the South Bank of the Thames in the late 1990s.

She became a member of the House of Lords in 2016 and is known as The Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice.

Camilla regularly appears on broadcast media including BBC Question Time, Radio 4 Today, CNN and Bloomberg providing insights into politics, health, demographic change and the future of work


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Videos of Camilla Cavendish

Judging the Debating Matters National Final
Judging the Debating Matters National Final
Health care assistants 'need to be heard'
Health care assistants 'need to be heard'

Books by Camilla Cavendish

Extra Time: 10 Lessons for an Ageing World

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