Margaret Wheeler is a Senior Opposition Whip in the House of Lords, and also a member of the Shadow Health team - mainly speaking on Adult Care issues. She was made a life Peer in 2010.
Margaret’s previous career was in organisation development and human resources. She originally trained in editorial publishing (1971-73), before spending 20 years in specialist roles for the Confederation of Health Service Employees (1973-1993). In 1993, she became Director of Organisation Development for UNISON, a post she held until her retirement in 2010. Through her union position, she was Chair of Labour’s Conference Arrangements Committee, and a member of both the Commission on Social Justice and the Inquiry Panel into Productivity and High Performance Working. She was also a member of the Investors in People Advisory Committee for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.
Margaret is active in the community and voluntary sector, and is currently chair of a small multi-service community provider in South London and a Trustee for Carer Support Elmbridge community group. She was awarded an MBE in 2007 for services to trade unions and the community and voluntary sector.
In her spare time Margaret enjoys going to the theatre and listening to classical music. She is also a Friend of the Tate Galleries.
For more information, read Margaret's Parliamentary biography - available here.