Sally Morgan, Baroness Morgan of Huyton

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Sally Morgan, Baroness Morgan of Huyton (born 28 June 1959), is a British Labour Party politician. She is the former Chair of Ofsted.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

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.[1][3]


Political career[edit]

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.[3] She was made a life peer as Baroness Morgan of Huyton, of Huyton in the County of Merseyside, on 20 June 2001.[4]

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.[5] She left Downing Street in 2005.[3] She was one of the three advisors Blair was most dependent upon, along with Jonathan Powell and Alastair Campbell.[6]

Business career[edit]

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,[7] as well as being a non-executive director of TalkTalk from 2005 to 2010, and on the Lloyds Pharmacy health care advisory panel.[8][9] 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.[10][11] She also serves as Advisor to the Board of the children's charity Absolute Return for Kids (ARK)[7] and has been chair of the board of Trustees of The Future Leaders Trust since 2006.[12]

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.[13][14] The company, which had many large government contracts and 43,000 staff, went into liquidation in January 2018,[15] with the UK Government ordering a fast-track investigation into the directors to consider possible misconduct.[16][17]

Other work[edit]

In 2007 and 2008 Morgan chaired an inquiry into young adult volunteering, named The Morgan Inquiry, sponsored by the All-Party Parliamentary Scout Group and supported by The Scout Association.[18]

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.[2][19] The government responded by saying that they recruit on merit.

Morgan is a trustee of the Education Policy Institute, a Westminster-based research institute.[20]

Academic career[edit]

In February 2019, it was announced that Morgan would succeed Nicola Padfield as Master of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge in October 2019: she will be the college's 9th Master.[21]

Personal life[edit]

She is married with two children.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Sally Morgan – Morgan of Huyton". Debretts. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Ofsted chair Sally Morgan accuses No 10 of ousting non-Tories from posts". BBC. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Decca Aitkenhead (12 May 2005). "Behind closed doors". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  4. ^ "No. 56254". The London Gazette. 25 June 2001. p. 7471.
  5. ^ Morgan of Huyton. The International Who's Who 2004. Psychology Press. 2003. p. 1169. ISBN 9781857432176.
  6. ^ Bower, Tom (2016). Broken Vows : Tony Blair : the Tragedy of Power. Faber & Faber. pp. 326–327. ISBN 9780571314201.
  7. ^ a b "What happened to Team Blair?". BBC News Online. 27 December 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  8. ^ Jon Swaine (27 November 2009). "Lords' expenses: Sally Morgan claimed £40,000 for London home". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Baroness Sally Morgan". Companies in the UK. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  10. ^ Goodley, Simon (3 June 2011). "Southern Cross care fiasco sheds light on secretive world of private equity". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Southern Cross Healthcare Group plc". Companies House. Company No. 05328138. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Our Board". The Future Leaders Trust. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  13. ^ Robinson, Jon (3 July 2017). "Former Tony Blair minister joins Carillion board". Insider. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Sally Morgan". Bloomberg. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Carillion to go into liquidation". BBC News. BBC. 15 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Carillion directors to be investigated". BBC News. 16 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  17. ^ Sillars, James (16 January 2018). "Carillion collapse: The key personnel at the firm". Sky News. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  18. ^ The Morgan Inquiry (PDF) (Report). All-Party Parliamentary Scout Group. June 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  19. ^ "Ofsted row deepens as Laws 'furious'". BBC. 2 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  20. ^ "Baroness Morgan of Huyton - Education Policy Institute". Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  21. ^ "Baroness Morgan of Huyton appointed Master of Fitzwilliam College". Fitzwilliam College. University pf Cambridge. 27 February 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.