Baroness Tessa Jowell served as a Member of Parliament for 23 years. She stood down at the last Election and now sits in the House of Lords as the Baroness Jowell of Brixton.
She served as a Minister for 13 years in the Labour Government, 8 of which were in the Cabinet. She is widely regarded as having been one of the key architects of the successful Olympic bid and for 8 years in Government was the minister with whom the buck stopped for every aspect of the planning. Budget, construction, national engagement, sports legacy. In opposition after 2010 she was reappointed to the Olympic Board by the Coalition Government.
"Mary Poppins with a stilleto" is how Seb Coe has described her.
Before Parliament Tessa led some of the most innovative programmes in public sector reform which focussed on creating more human value from public spending particularly on health and social care.
She has a great commitment to the development of talent and sharing the lessons of experience.
She is now a Professor in Practice at LSE, has a Menschel Senior Teaching fellowship at Harvard where she is teaching policy development, implementation and leadership.
She is a Non-Executive Director of the Economist, sits on the Advisory Board of InfraRed Capital and is Non-Executive Chairman of the Chime Specialist Group.
She became a DBE in the Queen's Birthday honours in 2012, for political and charitable services. She holds the Freedom of the City of London and an honorary doctorate from Aberdeen University