Baroness Barker, a Liberal Democrat peer in the House of Lords, has been appointed as patron of the National Association of Care Catering (NACC).
She will take up the position at the start of next month, and her first duty in the role will be to address association members and partners at the 2018 NACC Training & Development Forum on Thursday 4 October.
During her tenure in the upper house she has undertaken various charity roles, particularly with regards to LGBT+ rights. In her political life she serves as the party's spokesperson on the voluntary sector and social enterprise.
In her role she will help to shape campaigns and initiatives while supporting the work of the association.
Neel Radia, national chair of the NACC, said: "We're delighted that Baroness Barker has accepted our invitation to become patron of the NACC and to speak at our Training & Development Forum. It's fantastic that our members will have the opportunity to hear her speak and also meet her.
"Her work is inspiring, and we all agree that her patronage and contribution will strengthen our cause by raising the profile of our vital work to a wider audience, adding gravitas to our campaigns and initiatives and ultimately helping us continue to raise standards in care catering.
"We have a great opportunity to learn from Baroness Barker and we look forward to working with her over the course of the next year.
"I would also like to thank Baroness Sally Greengross OBE for her unwavering support as our patron for the past six years. Her time, expertise and input were most valuable in helping the NACC grow as an influential association."