Appointment of Chair, Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission - Education Committee Contents

Appendix 3: Alan Milburn's CV

Public policy experience

Member of Parliament for Darlington (1992-2010)

Retired from the UK Parliament at the general election in 2010

Shadow Health Minister (1995-96)

Responsible for developing the Labour Party's community, social and mental health service policies in preparation for government

Shadow Treasury Minister (1996-97)

Working with Shadow Chancellor Gordon Brown MP to formulate the Labour Party's fiscal and macro-economic policy framework in preparation for government

Minister of State for Health (1997-98)

Given policy responsibility by Prime Minister Tony Blair for reforming the National Health Service

Chief Secretary to the Treasury (1998-99)

As the youngest member of Tony Blair's Cabinet had responsibility for all aspects of public expenditure, the development of public-private partnerships and the overseeing of the financial services industry

Secretary of State for Health (1999-2003)

Leading a radical reform programme of health and social care services including the creation of a market within the NHS, autonomous NHS Foundation Trusts, choice for patients and devolution of decision-making

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (2004-05)

Responsible for co-ordinating and developing government policy across all Whitehall departments working directly to Prime Minister Tony Blair. Co-ordinated Labour's successful 2005 general election campaign.

Chair, Panel on Fair Access to the Professions (2009)

Responsible for delivering independent cross-party recommendations to Prime Minister Gordon Brown on improving social mobility in Britain.

Independent Reviewer on Social Mobility (2010-)

Appointed by the Coalition Government to review and report on child poverty and social mobility.

Voluntary and business experience

Chairman of AFROX (2006-)

A charity specialising in helping African governments to combat the growing problem of cancer on the continent.

African Governance Initiative (2008-)

Undertaking pro-bono work for Tony Blair's AGI advising the government of Sierra Leone on implementing its agenda for change.

Trustee of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2005-)

Helping this world leader develop its profile and services.

Chair, Bridgepoint European Advisory Board (2004-)

A member of the Advisory Board to this successful mid-market private equity group on its overall strategy since 2004 and chairman since 2010.

Chair, Mars Global Advisors (2011-)

Operating chair of a high profile and diverse range of advisors assisting one of the largest global firms with its strategic development

Member PepsiCo UK & Ireland Advisory Board (2005-12)

Providing broad strategic advice to the company.

Non-executive director Diaverum AB (2010- )

Assisting Europe's second biggest provider of renal dialysis services to develop its quality services agenda.

Director, A.M.Strategy Ltd (2006-)

The consultancy company through which I undertake consultancy advice and speech work.

Senior advisor, PwC Global Health Practice (2012-)

Working with PwC to advise governments and health systems around the world on health reform

Further background and personal details

Born in 1958 he was raised by a single mother on a council estate in North East England where he still has his home. He is married to Ruth, a hospital consultant. They have two sons, aged 20 and 15.

He is a graduate from the University of Lancaster where he studied history.

Prior to entering Parliament he worked in business development, for a trade union research centre and in a radical bookshop.

His interests include art, food, travel and Newcastle United.

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