Advocacy for Social Mobility, Families and Vulnerable Children

Claire Tyler became the Chair of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) in February 2012. She was nominated as a Liberal Democrat Peer in November 2010 and from 1 February 2011 has sat in the House of Lords as Baroness Tyler of Enfield.

In the House of Lords, Claire most recently served on the Select Committee on Social Mobility, which reported in April 2016. Previously, she has been a member of the Select Committee on Public Services and Demography which produced the report “Ready for Ageing”, the Affordable Childcare Select Committee which reported in March 2015. She is currently Co- chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics, and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility. For the latter, she was lead author of the “Character and Resilience Manifesto”, published in 2014, which was written in collaboration with the think tanks CentreForum and Character Counts. Claire also chaired the Parliamentary Inquiry into Parenting and Social Mobility, which reported in March 2015.

Outside of Parliament, Claire has been the President of the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) since August 2012, and a Vice President of Relate since November 2012. She also chairs the “Make Every Adult Matter” coalition of charities helping adults with multiple needs. She

Previously, Claire sat on the Poverty and Disadvantage Committee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2002-2006). This followed a number of senior positions within Government, the last of which was Director of the Vulnerable Children’s Group at the Department for Children, Schools and Families (now the Department for Education). Before then, Claire had been the Director of the Government’s Social Exclusion Unit. She also chaired the ‘Kids in the Middle’ coalition, a group of national charities and agony aunts campaigning for better services for separating parents and their children.

Mental Health Advocacy

Claire is now the Lead Lib Dem Spokesperson for Mental Health in the Lords, and is a member of the Think Ahead Board overseeing a new adult mental health social work fast track programme. Between 2007 and 2012 Claire was the Chief Executive Officer of Relate, the UK’s leading relationship support agency.

Other Parliamentary Experience

Claire was co-chair of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Charitable Giving which reported in June 2014. In 2013 she chaired the Liberal Democrat policy working group which produced the report “A Balanced Working Life” and was a member of the Liberal Democrat Working Group on an Ageing Population which reported in 2014.

Claire is also a Vice President of Liberal International Great Britain, and Vice Chair of:

  • The All Party Parliamentary Group for Parents and Families
  • The All Party Parliamentary Group on Carers
  • The All Party Parliamentary Group on Strengthening Relationships

Other Public Engagements

For 5 years Claire was joint chair of the Social Policy Forum and has sat on the Executive Committee of the Public Management and Policy Association for 7 years. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Step Up to Serve campaign, and was a board member of the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister from April 2002 until June 2006.  From July 2000 to April 2002 Claire was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Connexions Service.


After graduating in law and politics from Southampton University, Claire joined the Greater London Council/Inner London Education Authority in 1978 and in 1988 she joined the Civil Service. Claire also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.