Baroness Barran to continue as charities minister

17 Feb 2020 News

Baroness Barran, minister for civil society

Baroness Barran has been reappointed as minister for civil society, Number 10 said on Friday.

She is keeping her role after last week’s government’s reshuffle, which saw a number of senior ministers losing their positions and chancellor Sajid Javid resigning.

She will be reporting to the new culture secretary Oliver Dowden, who replaced Baroness Morgan at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Barran was first appointed as minister for civil society in July 2019 and has extensive experience in the charity sector.

She founded and ran the domestic abuse charity SafeLives for 13 years until 2017, worked at the charity sector think tank New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) and was a trustee for Comic Relief.

She was made a life peer in June 2018 and, unlike her latest predecessors, holds the charity minister post from the House of Lords and is unpaid.

Her role covers civil society, youth and social action, the government's inclusive economy unit, loneliness, DCMS business in the Lords and ceremonials, but not sport.

In a tweet, she wrote she is “delighted” at the reappointment.

In an interview with Civil Society News last September, she said her priority will be working to “build more resilient communities”, and that this covers the “role that civil society organisations can play in healing some of the divisions that we can see today” within our society, and refreshing the government’s approach to young people.

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