Dr Elizabeth Vallance (The Lady Vallance) JP began her professional life teaching political philosophy at London University, becoming Reader in Government and Politics and head of the Department of Politics at Queen Mary College, where she was then a Visiting Professor and is now an Honorary Fellow. In this context she has written widely on political theory, social policy and corporate governance.

She has been Chairman of St George's Healthcare NHS Trust, of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards and of the Institute of Education, University of London (where she is also a Fellow). She was Vice-Chair of The Health Foundation and is Chairman of I CAN, the children’s communication charity.

A Sloan Fellow of the London Business School she has sat on the boards of HMV Group, Norwich Union plc, CGNU plc, Aviva plc and Charter European Trust plc. She is a non-executive director of the Medical Protection Society. She has been a magistrate on the Inner London Bench for over twenty years and was a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life. In 2009 she was High Sheriff of Greater London.