Baroness Campbell was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2001. In February 2007 she was made a crossbencher life peer in February 2007. She currently Co-Chair’s the All Party Parliamentary Disability Group (APPDG). She previously served on the Joint Committee of Human Rights.
In the 1980s Baroness Campbell pioneered the development of Disability Equality Training, setting up the first national register of Disabled Equality Trainers who worked in Local Authorities throughout the country.
In 2003, Baroness Campbell was awarded an honorary doctorate in law from Bristol University. From 2006–2008 she was Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). She also served as Chair of the Disability Committee and was Commissioner of the Disability Rights Commission 2006.
Baroness Campbell co-founded and directed the National Centre for Independent living (NCIL) where she worked for six years before being appointed as the chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). In 2006 Baroness Campbell was given her first political appointment as founding Chair of the Social Care Institute and after proving she could run a large NGO it was suggested she applied to be an independent member of the Houses of Lords.