Aileen Walker OBE worked at the House of Commons in the UK Parliament for over 30 years in a range of public engagement, research, information, communications and change management roles. Between 2008 and 2016 she was Director of Public Engagement, where she led a significant development strategy to improve the UK Parliament’s relations with the public. Her work in this area included: the substantial expansion of Parliament’s education services, culminating in the opening of a dedicated Education Centre at Parliament in 2015; overseeing the establishment of a regional parliamentary outreach service, taking Parliament out to where people are; the introduction of a whole new range of information and engagement resources and awareness-raising activities; and the development of a visitor services team, offering information and orientation services to all visitors to Parliament, alongside running both free democratic access tours of the Houses of Parliament and award-winning commercial tour and retail services.
Aileen has also been a council member of the Hansard Society, a not-for-profit organisation that works to promote and strengthen democracy in the UK and abroad; she has been a school governor for many years; and she is a trustee and board member of a theatre charity.
Aileen is currently part of the GPG team working with the National Assembly of Sudan.
Aileen received an OBE in the New Year 2017 Honours List for services to improving public engagement with Parliament and voluntary service to the community in London.