The Baroness Pinnock
|Member of the House of Lords|
23 September 2014
|Leader of Kirklees Council|
|Robert Light (Conservative)|
|Member of Kirklees Council |
Kathryn Mary Pinnock
25 September 1946
|Political party||Liberal Democrats|
|Alma mater||Keele University|
Kathryn Mary Pinnock, Baroness Pinnock (born 25 September 1946) is a British Liberal Democrat politician, life peer, and former school teacher. Since 1987, she has been a member of Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council. She was leader of the council's Lib Dem group from 1991 to 2014, and leader of the council from 2000 to 2006. She was created a life peer in 2014 and now sits in the House of Lords.
Following university, Pinnock became a secondary school teacher. She taught history in schools in Birmingham and Special Needs Maths at Rastrick High School in West Yorkshire. She also served as Deputy Chief Examiner for A-Level History for a number of years.
Since 1987, she has been a local councillor, representing Cleckheaton on the Kirklees Council. She was leader of the Lib Dem group on the council between 1991 and 2014. She was leader of the council from 2000 to 2006, and was the first female to hold this post.
In August 2014, it was announced that she was to be made a life peer. She was created a life peer on 23 September 2014 taking the title Baroness Pinnock, of Cleckheaton in the County of West Yorkshire. Since June 2015, she has been a member of the Home Affairs Sub-Committee of the European Union Committee.