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Baroness Joyce Gould - Interim WNC Chair

Baroness Gould was appointed as acting Chair of the WNC in May 2007 and was confirmed as WNC Chair in March 2008. Baroness Gould is a life peer in the House of Lords. She is Chair of the Government’s Independent Advisory Group for Sexual Health and HIV, making her one of the top health policy-makers in the country. She is also President of fpa; patron of FORWARD - an organisation that campaigns against female genital mutilation; and Chair of the All Party Pro Choice Group. Baroness Gould is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care.

She is also Chair of the Mary MacArthur Holiday Trust – a charity providing holidays for women in need; and President of Straight Talking, an organisation that raises young people’s awareness of the problems associated with teenage parenthood with the aim of reducing the high rates of teenage pregnancy. She is a regular speaker on women’s matters both in the House of Lords and nationally. For the past four years, for Women’s Day, she has organised full debates in the chamber of the House of Lords to draw public and parliamentary attention to issues affecting women.

Click here for Baroness Gould's register of interests.

Relevant past posts and experience:


  • Government Whip for Social Security, Health & Women (1997)
  • Vice-chair of Socialist International Women
  • Involvement in national, regional and local women’s organisations.

Political interests

  • Women’s equality, constitutional affairs, race relations, population and development, and women’s health. 


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