Camilla Cavendish, Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice

The Right Honourable
The Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
6 September 2016
Life Peerage
Director of the Number 10 Policy Unit
In office
21 May 2015 - 13 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byJo Johnson
Succeeded byGeorge Freeman
Personal details
Born Hilary Camilla Cavendish
(1968-08-20) 20 August 1968 (age 49)
Political partyNon-affiliated (since December 2016)
Conservative (formerly)
Spouse(s)Huw van Steenis
Alma mater Brasenose College, Oxford
Harvard University


Hilary Camilla Cavendish, Baroness Cavendish of Small Venice (given birth to 20 August 1968) is a Uk journalist and previous plan adviser to David Cameron. Cavendish became a Conventional member of the home of Lords in Cameron’s resignation honours, but resigned the party whip in Dec 2016 to sit down as a nonaffiliated peer.

Early life and education

Cavendish was educated in Putney SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL and graduated from Brasenose University, Oxford in 1989 having a first-class level in Viewpoint, Politics and Economics. At university or college, she was a modern of David Cameron. She was a Kennedy Scholar for just two years in the John F. Kennedy College of Authorities at Harvard University or college, gaining the amount of Grasp of General public Administration (MPA).


From 2002 until 2012 she worked at THE DAYS where she was Associate Editor, columnist and this year 2010 Chief Leader Writer.She then moved to The Weekend Moments from 2012 to Might 2015. She's worked being a McKinsey administration consultant, an help worker, so that as an aide towards the CEO of Pearson Plc.She helped to found the lobby group London Initial, and was the first CEO from the not-for-profit trust South Loan company Companies' Group, which masterminded the regeneration from the South Loan company from the Thames in the late 1990s.From May 2015 to July 2016, Cavendish was head from the excellent minister's policy unit at No10 Downing Street in succession to Jo Johnson.Amongst initiatives, Cavendish is credited with persuading the Excellent Minister and his Chancellor about the advantages of a sugar taxes; she stated that the "hyperlink between sweet drinks and weight problems are obvious and stark".


Cavendish was Harold Wincott Senior Financial Journalist of the entire year 2012.She was awarded the 2008 Paul Feet Award for campaigning journalism and in '09 2009 the "Campaigning Journalist of the entire year" on the Uk Press Awards. About her award for Campaigning Journalist of the entire year, the judges stated: "An excellent newspaper campaign ought to be about a concern of significant injustice and solid public interest. An excellent one will end up being unexpected, one where the outcome isn't a done offer and that will in the long run effect serious modification. This campaign will that."Cavendish won the awards on her behalf articles in THE DAYS about the kid security injustices which she claimed resulted from the kids Act 1989 as well as the procedures of family members courts coping with kid protection problems. The campaign confident the Secretary of Condition for Justice Jack port Straw to introduce legislation which opened up the family members courts towards the media in '09 2009.She was reckoned by medical Program Journal to be the 85th most influential person in the British NHS in 2015.


Cavendish became a Trustee from the think-tank Plan Exchange in 2002 and was a Trustee from the Thames Celebration Trust between 2000 and 2007. On 3 June 2013 she was appointed being a plank member for the Treatment Quality Commission.In 2013 Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of Condition for Wellness, asked Camilla Cavendish to lead a "AN UNBIASED Review into Health care Assistants and Support Employees in the NHS and cultural care settings". The Cavendish Review was released in July 2013. Among the suggestions were “Common schooling standards across health insurance and cultural treatment", and a fresh ‘Certificate of Fundamental Treatment’, created in language that's meaningful to sufferers and the general public. For the very first time, this would hyperlink healthcare assistant schooling to nurse schooling. In 2013, Cavendish also became a Trustee of the building blocks Years Trust chaired by Frank Field MP.She was nominated for the life peerage within David Cameron's Resignation Honours and was made Baroness Cavendish of Small Venice, of Mells in the State of Somerset, on 6 Sept 2016. She resigned the Conventional whip in Dec 2016 to sit down in the Lords being a nonaffiliated peer after attaining an unidentified post which needed her to sever any party links. In 2017 she became a normal contributor to BBC Radio 4's Today program.

Personal life

Cavendish is married to Huw truck Steenis, who's a managing movie director in Morgan Stanley, plus they have three kids.