Joyce, Baroness Gould of Potternewton

Life Peer and Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords since 2002, Baroness Gould, qualified as a
pharmaceutical dispenser in 1952 following full-time studies at Bradford Technical College.

Joyce, Baroness Gould of PotternewtonBaroness Gould is Chair of the Government’s Independent Advisory Group for Sexual Health and HIV, and Chair of the Women’s National Commission. She is also President of fpa, patron of FORWARD and Chair of the All Party Pro Choice Group. In addition, she is Patron of Yorkshire MESMAC and Vice-patron of Impact’s 30th Anniversary Appeal.

Baroness Gould is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care and in October 2007 became the first Honorary Fellow of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV. She was also voted the 2007 Health Champion at the Charity Champion Awards in recognition of her campaigning work to raise the profile of epilepsy as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Epilepsy.

She is also former Chair of the Mary MacArthur Holiday Trust and President of Straight Talking. She is a regular speaker on women’s matters both in the House of Lords and nationally. Since 2002 she has organised full debates in the chamber of the House of Lords for Women’s Day, to draw public and parliamentary attention to issues affecting women.

“I was full time student, travelling from my home town of Leeds every day. I remember the daily commute. There was a divide between Bradford and Leeds at that time; no buses went from Leeds to Bradford, so I had to get a bus from Leeds to Pudsey and another bus from Pudsey to Bradford. There were a lot of girls on the course but we were still in a minority.

After College I worked at Boots, where I did my apprenticeship, then Timothy Whites & Taylor’s, which was taken over by Boots, and then a private chemist. I think the job suited my personality but I gave up to do other things with my life.”

Baroness Gould received an Honorary Degree from the University of Bradford in 1997.

Photograph supplied by Baroness Gould