Kevin Shinkwin has been a member of the House of Lords since November 2015. Prior to that, he had spent almost his entire career in charity public affairs and campaigning, working for charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK and The Royal British Legion. He has also worked in the private sector.
Since being appointed as a Life Peer, he has focused on two policy areas in particular – disability equality, especially equality of opportunity, and Holocaust Remembrance, the latter in memory of the orthopaedic surgeon who transformed his life prospects and whose extended family were all murdered in the Shoah.
He recently co-authored Able to Excel with his colleague, George Relph, and is currently chairing the CSJ Disability Commission, which will be feeding into the Prime Minister’s National Disability Strategy, to be published in the first half of next year.