Baroness Watkins is a crossbench peer and Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords. She started her career as a mental health nurse and has held a number of related board level positions including Non-Executive Director at Southern Housing Group and as alternate Chair, Nursing Now for the Burdett Trust. Mary is currently a member of the Outcomes First Group Safeguarding & Quality Committee (formerly known as National Fostering Agency).
Since her appointment to the House of Lords she has worked extensively with the two main political parties, in both the House of Lords and the House of Commons on issues concerning health, social care and housing. She is knowledgeable and passionate about health and social care.