A senior member of the British House of Lords, Baroness Mary Goudie is a global advocate for the rights of women and children. She is on the board of Vital Voices, is involved in promoting gender equity with both the G8 and G20 and is also the Chair of the Women Leaders’ Council to Fight Human Trafficking at the United Nations. She shares perspectives on her blog -www.baronessgoudie.com and on The Huffington Post www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/baroness-mary-goudie. She can also be followed on Twitter @BaronessGoudie.
Baroness Goudie was appointed as a life peer in the House of Lords in 1998. As a senior member of the House of Lords, she works with the UK and USA governments to bring attention to issues including Burma and Muslim refugees, as well as the education of women and the protection of children.
Baroness Goudie is Chair of the Women Leaders’ Council to Fight Human Trafficking at the United Nations, where she launched the global initiative to fight human trafficking in March 2007. Baroness Goudie is involved with the G8 and G20 promoting the role of women and children in the global economy. She is also an expert in both global issues and corporate social responsibility.
She is actively engaged in numerous philanthropic organisations including her role as a member of the Board of Directors of Vital Voices Global Partnership. In this role she has been involved in training community and business leaders and parliamentarians on both social and political issues around the world. She is also a trustee of Share Gift, a charity which provides a solution to the longstanding problem of unwanted small shareholdings, giving the proceeds to a wide range of UK charities. Furthermore she is a founding member of the 30% Club steering committee which aims to influence chairman into bringing more women onto UK corporate boards.
In March 2012 Baroness Goudie was appointed to the Global Advisory Board of WEConnect International, a corporate led non-profit, which facilitates inclusive and sustainable economic growth by empowering and connecting women business owners globally. In April 2012 she was appointed a trustee of the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation whose aims are to foster interfaith dialogue and to find common ground and solutions to global challenges affecting mankind. Also in April 2012, she was appointed as a UK Director for the Center for Talent Innovation, a ‘think tank’ specialising in diversity and talent management.
In recognition of her work Baroness Goudie was awarded the 2010 Global Power Award by the Center for Women Policy Studies. In March 2012, Baroness Goudie was appointed by Vital Voices Global Partnership and Bank of America as an ambassador for The Global Ambassadors Program. The initiative focuses on investing in emerging women leaders, with an aim of strengthening communities and improving economic growth.
Since 2000, Baroness Mary Goudie has been a patron of the Community Foundation of Northern Ireland which benefits numerous charities, especially those focused on assisting women and children. She led the campaign to increase the endowment fund with funding from the British Government, foundations and individuals. In 2007 she launched the Patrons fund to ensure sustainability and is leading this new campaign.
In Scotland, Baroness Goudie has served on the Governing Board of Napier University where she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree in 1999. She was also a member of the Board of the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow. Additionally, Baroness Goudie was included in the “List of Most Important Women in Scotland” published by the leading Scottish newspapers.
In 1983, Baroness Goudie was campaign manager to Roy Hattersley (now a Lord) in his campaign to become deputy leader of the Labour Party. She continues to campaign and raise funds for the Labour Party.
In 1971, Mary Goudie became the youngest woman elected to the London Borough of Brent Council. During her time on the Borough Council she worked to advance the Campaign for a Housing Aid Centre and a Law Centre and she helped found a Housing Association for the Borough.
Baroness Goudie’s blog www.baronessgoudie.com , highlights the issues of women and children, with particular focus on human trafficking, human rights and the inclusion of women in peace negotiations.
Baroness Goudie has been described as possessing a powerful combination of qualities. She has earned an impressive reputation for advancing a variety of Parliamentary and Constitutional issues while being an enthusiastic and energetic person who has amassed an enviable collection of influential contacts around the globe who regard her as a valued and trusted friend.
She is married with two sons and resides in London, England and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.