John Nash, Baron Nash

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The Lord Nash
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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System
In office
7 January 2013 – 28 September 2017
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Theresa May
Preceded byThe Lord Hill of Oareford
Succeeded byThe Lord Agnew of Oulton
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
21 January 2013
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1949-03-22) 22 March 1949 (age 70)
EducationMilton Abbey School, Dorset
Alma materCorpus Christi College, Oxford

John Alfred Stoddard Nash, Baron Nash (born 22 March 1949),[1] formerly a British businessman, also formerly a Conservative Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools and co-founder of the charity Future, which was founded in 2005 which sponsors academies.[2] Nash was Chair of the British Venture Capital Association (1988–89)[1] and on the board of the Conservative think-tank, the Centre for Policy Studies.[3] He is joint chairman of the Governors of Pimlico Academy.


John Nash was educated at Milton Abbey School, a boarding independent school in the village of Milton Abbas (near Blandford Forum) in Dorset, followed by Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford, where he read Law, and obtained an M.A.[4]


After reading Law at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Nash became a barrister before moving into finance.[5] Nash was Assistant Director of Lazard Brothers and Co Ltd (1975–1983) before moving to private equity firm Advent Limited, becoming its managing director in 1986.[1] He was co-founder of private equity firm Sovereign Capital, as well as being chair of the British Venture Capital Association from 1988 to 1989.[1] He is also the former chairman of one of the biggest contractors to the NHS, Care UK.[6] In January 2013 Nash left Sovereign Capital to pursue his political interests.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

In January 2013 Lord Nash was appointed as schools minister.[6] He became a life peer as Baron Nash, of Ewelme in the County of Oxfordshire on 21 January 2013.[7][8] He and his wife have donated almost £300,000 to the Conservative Party and according to the Telegraph, the appointment raises concern about a potential conflict of interest and appointment of donors though the Department for Education said he would not make business decisions whilst in office.[6]

In April, Labour councillors called for an inquiry after the new Pimlico primary school where Nash was co-chairman of the governors appointed an unqualified teacher as headmistress ahead of its opening in September.[9] Further criticism followed when she resigned after four weeks in the job.[10][11]

In March 2014, the Conservative minister rejected the council bid for Holborn and St Pancras building a post-comprehensive school, called a "university training school", but promised only to build them in Cambridge and Birmingham.[12]

In October 2016, following a backlash from schools and parents and the national boycott of the school census expansion, he wrote[13] that newly collected pupils’ nationality and country of birth data would not be included in the National Pupil Database (NPD). In a letter to peers seen by Schools Week, Nash defended the sharing of pupil address and school data with the Home Office, but admitted the new information called for a different approach, saying, "given the sensitivity of the new information being collected we will not add this to the NPD, so no-one outside the department will be able to access it." Members of the House of Lords went on to oppose the change in law in a debate and motion-of-regret, which was tabled by the Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Lord Storey. On 31 October 2016 the House of Lords agreed after debate, with the regret motion on the expansion of the collection of pupil data: “That this House regrets that information about pupils’ nationality and country of birth collected under the Education (Pupil Information) (England) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2016 (Statutory Instrument 2016/808)[3] could be used to help determine a child’s immigration status.”[14]

Lord Nash resigned from government on 28 September 2017 and was replaced by Sir Theodore Agnew DL as an unpaid Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education.


  1. ^ a b c d Debrett's John Nash, Esq
  2. ^ Lord Nash
  3. ^ Centre for Policy Studies, cps board
  4. ^ John Alfred Stoddard Nash - Biography Archived 15 May 2014 at Publisher: Debrett's People of Today. Retrieved: 15 May 2014.
  5. ^ Centre for Policy Studies, Nash
  6. ^ a b c Holly Watt, Whitehall Editor (11 January 2013). "Two major Conservative donors appointed to government". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 January 2013.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Lord Nash Archived 2 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ New Lords
  9. ^ "Teacher training head defends Pimlico appointment". BBC news. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Free school headmistress with no qualifications quits after four weeks". Independent newspapers. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Pimlico free school head teacher Annaliese Briggs steps down". BBC news. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Nationality data won't be included in National Pupil Database, says minister". Schools Week. 28 October 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  14. ^ "House of Lords (October 31, 2016). Motion to Regret: Education (Pupil Information) (England) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2016". Hansard. Retrieved 12 June 2017.