Professor Ruth Lister appointed Honorary President of Child Poverty Action Group

December 8, 2010

Child Poverty Action Group has today at its Annual General Meeting announced the appointment of Professor Ruth Lister as the Honorary President of the Group.

Following the death of Professor Peter Townsend in 2009, the position of President has remained unfilled until today partly as a matter of respect.

Professor Ruth Lister is a former Director of Child Poverty Action Group, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University and will soon be introduced to the House of Lords.

The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

"We wanted to support the high profile Child Poverty Action Group has achieved in its history through an association with a person of the highest standards who has a natural association with our objectives. Clearly we had to find the right calibre of person and there is no one better suited than Ruth Lister.

"Ruth not only has an outstanding reputation as an academic but also has a strong connection with Child Poverty Action Group having worked us from 1971 to 1987, including a very successful 8 years as Director.

"As an eminent and widely respected social policy academic, Ruth has written extensively and influentially about poverty, gender perspectives on poverty and what citizenship means to our poorest families. Her personal commitment to ending child poverty is longstanding and second to none. I am personally delighted she is taking the position of President of Child Poverty Action Group and know I can speak for all our staff when I say it is a tremendous privilege."

Notes for editors
  • For a biographical information on Professor Ruth Lister, please visit her biography at the University of Loughborough website
  • Up-to-date background facts and stats on UK poverty.
  • CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.
  • CPAG is one of over 150 member organisations of the Campaign to End Child Poverty, campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goals of halving child poverty by 2010 and ending child poverty by 2020 are met.
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Tim Nichols
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Tel. 020 7812 5216 or 07816 909302