Kate Parminter was created a life peer in July 2010. She is Deputy Group Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. She is the party spokesperson on the Environment.
She was a member of the House of Lords EU Select Committee and Sub-Committee on agriculture, fisheries, environment and energy until May 2015 and a member of the House of Lords’ Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment in 2015.
Kate was born in 1964 and grew up in West Sussex. Educated at state schools in Horsham, she went on to study Theology at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford from 1983-1986.
Subsequently, she worked for Nestle, Simon Hughes MP and a PR consultancy. From 1990-1998 she headed up the public affairs team at the RSPCA, during which time she chaired the Campaign for the Protection of Hunted Animals, which helped to ban hunting. In 1998, she became Chief Executive of CPRE, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, a leading conservation campaigning charity which she led for nearly six years.
From 2004-2010 she was a freelance consultant advising corporations and charities on charity, corporate social responsibility and campaigning issues. Clients included Lloyd’s, the City of London Corporation, Mencap and Age Concern.
She was a Liberal Democrat Councillor on Horsham District Council in West Sussex for eight years (1987-1995) and is a Trustee of the Liberal Democrats.
Kate is a a Patron of the Meath Epilepsy Trust.
She lives in Godalming, Surrey with her husband, Neil Sherlock and two teenage daughters.