Barbara Young started her career in public relations and in health services management.
After 20 years in health care, she switched to an environmental career and has held posts as Chief Executive of the RSPB, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency and Chairman of English Nature. She is active in the conservation and environment voluntary sector as President of the British Trust for Ornithology and of the Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough Wildlife Trust, and as Vice-President of RSPB, Birdlife International, Plantlife, Flora and Fauna International and President of The South Georgia Heritage Trust.
She is a member of the government’s Climate Change Adaptation Committee.
She has also served as Vice-Chairman of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), as a Board member of AWG plc, the water and infrastructure company, and as Chairman of the Care Quality Commission, the regulator for quality in health and social care.Barbara Young is a Life Peer in the House of Lords as Baroness Young of Old Scone, and is Chancellor of Cranfield University.