Baroness Glenys Thornton is a member of the House of Lords in the UK Parliament. She is the Labour Health spokesperson, a former Government Minister for Health and Women and Equalities. In 2001 Glenys founded and chaired the organisation which is now, SEUK, and in the same year she founded the All Party Parliamentary Social Enterprise Group, which helped to lead the policy, legislative and development social enterprise sector in the UK. She is Patron of SEUK, a Senior Associate of Social Business International, and a UK Parliament Ambassador for The British Council.
Glenys has championed legislation and policy initiatives which have supported social enterprises and cooperatives since 1997. This has included the creation of the Community Interest Company business form, the creation of a Social Enterprise Unit in government, and more recently passing of the Social Value Act 2012.