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Barbara Young, Baroness Young of Old Scone

Barbara Scott Young, Baroness Young of Old Scone (born 8 April 1948) sits on the cross benches in the House of Lords. She was created a life peer in 1997 as Baroness Young of Old Scone, of Old Scone in Perth and Kinross.

Health Secretary Alan Johnson announced the appointment of Baroness Young, as shadow Chair of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), on the 15 April 2008.

The announcement followed an independent recruitment exercise conducted by the Appointments Commission and a pre-appointment scrutiny hearing by the Health Select Committee, which subsequently endorsed Barbara Young for appointment as the CQC Chair.

Prior to taking up the post of Shadow Chair Barbara Young was the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency (2000 - May 2008), an appointment which led to her becoming a cross bencher in the House of Lords, previously she had taken the Labour whip. Other posts she has held include Chair of English Nature; Vice Chairman of the BBC; board member of AWG plc; Chief Executive, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and; of a number of Health Authorities including Parkside Health Authority.

Note that there was until recently another British life peer with a similar title, Janet Young, Baroness Young; there is also Lola Young, Baroness Young of Hornsey.

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