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Professor Mary Watkins becomes a member of the House of Lords

Posted on October 21st 2015

We are very pleased to be able to congratulate Professor Mary Watkins, Chair of the PenCLAHRC Management Board, who has recently been made a peer in the House of Lords.

Professor Watkins, who has served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth University and Non-Executive Director at the South West Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST), has been made a Baroness and will be a cross-bench peer.

Professor Watkins has had a long career as a nurse and her peerage is in recognition of her many years of service in the nursing, education, social enterprise and housing sectors.

Speaking of the peerage, Professor Watkins said:

“I am honoured by this appointment. As a nurse, I have been driven by the desire to improve patient care; as an academic I aimed to instil that ethos in students; and through my work in mental health and housing I endeavour to ensure that those most in need are considered when developing strategy.


“So I am truly humbled to be made a member of the House of Lords, and I promise to go on championing the contribution of nursing and the South West in this new and exciting phase of my life.”


Photo credit: Plymouth University

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