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After graduating with a BSc in law and politics from the University of Southampton, Tyker joined the Greater London Council/Inner London Education Authority in 1978 and in 1988 she joined the Civil Service. She has a Diploma in Management Studies and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Tyler was nominated as a Liberal Democrat Peer in November 2010 and since 1 February 2011 has sat in the House of Lords, having been created a life peer on 28 January 2011 taking the title Baroness Tyler of Enfield, of Enfield in the London Borough of Enfield. She takes an active role in issues pertaining to health and social care, social mobility, poverty and disadvantage, well-being, children and family policy, older people, machinery of government and the voluntary sector.
In the Lords, Tyler has been a member of the Lords Select Committee on Public Services and Demography which produced the report “Ready for Ageing”. She is Vice Chair of the following:
As Vice-Chair of the APPG on Social Mobility, she was lead author of the “Character and Resilience Manifesto”, which was written in collaboration with the think tanks CentreForum and Character Counts.
She is co-chair of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Charitable Giving. She chaired the recent Liberal Democrat policy working group which produced the report “A Balanced Working Life” and is a member of the current Liberal Democrat Working Group on an Ageing Population. She is a Vice President of Liberal International Great Britain. She is a Friend of the College of Social Work and Parliamentary Friend of the charity 4Children.
Tyler is Chair of CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service). She is also President of the National Children’s Bureau as of August 2012, Vice President of Relate as of November 2012. As of 2013, she chairs Making Every Adult Matter, a coalition of charities for adults with multiple needs.
Between 2007 and 2012 she was the Chief Executive Officer of Relate, the UK’s leading relationship support agency between 2007 and 2012.
For five years she was joint chair of the Social Policy Forum and sat on the Executive Committee of the Public Management and Policy Association (a subsidiary arm of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) for eight years. From 2002-06, Tyler sat on the Poverty and Disadvantage Committee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Before then, she had been the Director of the Government’s Social Exclusion Unit and a board member of the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister from April 2002 until June 2006. From July 2000 to April 2002, she was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Connexions Service National Unit.
As a panelist on the BBC Radio 4 programme Any Questions?, on 8 April 2011, she revealed that after graduating from University, she was interviewed in a discreet London location, an interview that she believed was carried out by the Security Services. She was not recruited.
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"Character and Resilience Manifesto". CentreForum. Retrieved 9 April 2014.