Elizabeth became Baroness Berridge of the Vale of Catmose in the County of Rutland on 20th January 2011. Within this role Elizabeth intends to play an active part in the community of Rutland, as well as working on projects relating to prisons, foreign affairs and multi-culturalism.
Born and educated in the small county of Rutland, Elizabeth attended Vale of Catmose College comprehensive school (from which she took her title) and Rutland College. Elizabeth then studied law at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and undertook barrister’s training at the Inns of Court School of Law in London. She has lived in Trinidad and Tobago and Ghana, and remains keenly interested in both countries and their regions.
Elizabeth’s professional career as a barrister was at Kings Chambers Manchester, where she specialised in personal injury and licensing law. During this time she was also involved in a number of other activities including charitable work and local politics, and was an active member of her local church, Holy Trinity Platt.
Elizabeth was a trustee of the Conservative Christian Fellowship (CCF) before becoming CCF Executive Director in 2005, which necessitated her move from Manchester to London. As Director, Elizabeth saw CCF membership widening to become truly cross denominational, and built an extensive relationship base with British African Caribbean and British African church leaders. The CCF also pioneered an Under 35s Development Programme to train and equip those wishing to pursue a role in public life.
Elizabeth is a trustee of the Kainos Community (a charity that runs rehabilitative communities in three prisons in England), More than Gold (the UK church response to the London 2012 Olympics) and is a patron of the Conservative Christian Fellowship. Elizabeth is also part of the Advisory Council of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, which works to support the inspiring work of Canon Andrew White, vicar of Baghdad.