Sally Morgan, Baroness Morgan of Huyton
Morgan was educated at Belvedere School for Girls, Liverpool, and at Durham University, where she graduated in 1980 with a BA in geography. After taking a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at King's College London in 1981, she worked as a teacher from 1981–1985. She later received an MA in Education from the Institute of Education, London. In the early 1980s, she was active in student politics. As a member of the National Organisation of Labour Students, she was an active member of the British Youth Council Executive Committee.
From 1985, she worked for the Labour Party under John Smith and Tony Blair before joining Blair's political office in 10 Downing Street following the 1997 general election. She was made a life peer as Baroness Morgan of Huyton, of Huyton in the County of Merseyside, on 20 June 2001.
She was Minister of State for Women in the Cabinet Office from June to November 2001 before rejoining 10 Downing Street as Director of Government Relations. She left Downing Street in 2005. She was one of the three advisors Blair was most dependent upon, along with Jonathan Powell and Alastair Campbell.
In April 2006 she was appointed a board member of the Olympic Delivery Authority. In November 2005 she was appointed as a non-executive director of The Carphone Warehouse Group plc, as well as being a non-executive director of TalkTalk from 2005 to 2010, and on the Lloyds Pharmacy health care advisory panel. She was a non-executive director of Southern Cross Healthcare from 2006 until it had severe financial problems in 2011, before the company declared insolvency the following year. She also serves as Advisor to the Board of the children's charity Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) and has been chair of the board of Trustees of The Future Leaders Trust since 2006.
In July 2017 Morgan was appointed as senior non-executive director of building and support services company Carillion, serving on the audit, business integrity, nomination, remuneration and sustainability committees. The company, which had many large government contracts and 43,000 staff, went into liquidation in January 2018, with the UK Government ordering a fast-track investigation into the directors to consider possible misconduct.
She was appointed chair of Ofsted by the Conservative-led government from March 2011 and left that post in autumn 2014, following her non-reappointment for a second three-year term. In February 2014 she stated that "there is an absolutely determined effort from Number 10 that Conservative supporters will be appointed to public bodies", instigating a political debate on the matter. The government responded by saying that they recruit on merit.
She is married with two children.
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