Bill Jordan, Baron Jordan

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William Brian Jordan, Baron Jordan, CBE FRSA (born 28 January 1936), known as Bill Jordan, is a British economist and Labour politician.

The son of Walter and Alice Jordan, he was educated at the Barford Road Secondary Modern School in Birmingham.

Jordan was President of the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU), and then its successor, the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (AEEU), from 1986 to 1995. During the same time, he was a member of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) General Council. In 1995, he became General Secretary of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), a post he held until 2002.

He was also a long-serving Governor of the London School of Economics from 1987 to 2002, and of the BBC from 1988 to 1998.

Jordan was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1992 New Year Honours,[1] and was created a life peer with the title Baron Jordan, of Bournville in the County of West Midlands, on 5 June 2000.[2]

Since 1958, Lord Jordan has been married to Jean Ann Livesey; they have three daughters, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


  1. ^ "No. 52767". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1991. p. 8.
  2. ^ "No. 55869". The London Gazette. 8 June 2000. p. 6259.
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Terry Duffy
President of the Amalgamated Engineering Union
Succeeded by
Position abolished
Preceded by
New position
President of the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union
With: Ken Jackson (trade unionist) (1992–1994)
Succeeded by
Davey Hall