Delyth Morgan, Baroness Morgan of Drefelin

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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
In office
5 October 2008 – 6 May 2010
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byThe Lord Adonis
Succeeded byTim Loughton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Intellectual Property and Quality
In office
24 January 2008 – 5 October 2008
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byThe Lord Triesman
Succeeded byThe Lord Young of Norwood Green
Government Whip
In office
9 January 2007 – 5 October 2008
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Gordon Brown
Preceded byThe Lord McKenzie of Luton
Succeeded byThe Lord Young of Norwood Green
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
11 June 2004
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1961-08-30) 30 August 1961 (age 58)[1]
London England
Political partyCrossbench
Spouse(s)Jim Shepherd (1991-present)
Alma materUniversity College, London

Delyth Jane Morgan, Baroness Morgan of Drefelin (born 30 August 1961), is a Crossbench peer in the House of Lords of the United Kingdom, having formerly sat as a Labour peer. She was raised to the peerage in 2004 and appointed Chief Executive of the Breast Cancer Campaign, now Breast Cancer Now, in 2011.[2] She was educated at Bedford College, London, BSc Physiology & Biochemistry, 1983, now part of Royal Holloway, University of London,[3] and also University College London.[4] She was president of the London University Union (1985–86).[4]

Professional career[edit]

Before being raised to the peerage Morgan had a long and successful career in the voluntary sector, including a decade at the helm of Breakthrough Breast Cancer. She played a leading role in creating breast cancer as a high-profile issue when it had been a hidden and rarely discussed condition.[citation needed] She also led fund raising efforts which resulted in the opening in 1999 of the UK's first dedicated breast cancer research facility, the Breakthrough Toby Robins Breast Cancer Research Centre at the Institute of Cancer Research.[3]

As of April 2017 she is Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Now, which was formed in 2015 by a merger of the Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.[5]

Government career[edit]

On 5 October 2008, Morgan was announced as Minister for the Department for Children, Schools and Families, replacing Kevin Brennan. She was previously Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Intellectual Property and Quality) in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

Lords career[edit]

Morgan was created a life peer on 11 June 2004 taking the title Baroness Morgan of Drefelin, of Drefelin in the County of Dyfed.[6]

Baroness Morgan has held the following positions in the House of Lords:[7]

She worked in London for many years prior to being raised to the peerage. After joining the House of Lords she purchased a property in Cardiganshire and designated this as her main home for expenses purposes. Following a complaint the House of Lords Privilege and Conduct Committee found there had been no breach of the rules.[8]


Morgan was made a Fellow of University College London (her alma mater) in 2005,[9] a Founding Fellow of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Cancer Research in 2006[10] and, in 2005, an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Morgan is of Welsh heritage. She divides her time between Wales and London and lives with her husband. She has one daughter, presently[when?] at university. In her spare time she enjoys walking, kayaking and listening to and playing live music.[4]


  1. ^ Delyth Morgan (Peer) Archived 16 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine Westminster Parliamentary Record; Retrieved June 2001
  2. ^ New Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Campaign UK Fundraising, 20 April 2011
  3. ^ a b Royal Holloway College, Higher Magazine No.17, autumn 2012, accessed 24 November 2012
  4. ^ a b c "Baroness Delyth Morgan - Official website, accessed 24 November 2012". Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Who we are". Breast Cancer Now. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  6. ^ "No. 57328". The London Gazette. 17 June 2004. p. 7561.
  7. ^ Baroness Morgan of Drefelin Archived 3 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine UK Parliament
  8. ^ Lords, The Committee Office, House of. "House of Lords - Privileges and Conduct Committee - Written Evidence". Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  9. ^ Honorary Fellows of UCL University College London; Retrieved June 2011
  10. ^ The Institute of Cancer Research Confers its First Honorary Degree of the University of London and Announces Fellowships for 2006 Archived 11 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Institute of Cancer Research, 11 May 2006; Retrieved June 2011
  11. ^ Previous Recipients Archived 2 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine Cardiff University

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