Baroness Sal Brinton has been a Liberal Democrat peer since 2010, with a special interest in education, skills and learning, following 20 years working in the education sector. Before joining the Lords, she was the Director of the Association of the Universities in the East of England. Previously, she was on the board of the East of England Development Agency (1998-2004) and Chair of the Cambridgeshire Learning and Skills Council (1999-2005). 

In 1997, she was recognised as East Anglian businesswoman of the year, and has an honorary PhD for her contribution to education, skills and learning by Anglia Ruskin University. 

She has been a member of the Liberal Democrats Schools working group since 2008, and was previously a member of the Education and Higher Education Working Group. She was elected to the Board of Trustees in February 2013.