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]


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]

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,[6] as well as being a non-executive director of TalkTalk from 2005 to 2010 and Southern Cross Healthcare from 2006 to 2011, and on the Lloyds Pharmacy health care advisory panel.[7][8] She also serves as Advisor to the Board of the children's charity Absolute Return for Kids (ARK)[6] and has been chair of the board of Trustees of The Future Leaders Trust since 2006.[9]

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.[10]

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

Morgan is a board member of the Education Policy Institute, a Westminster-based research institute.[12]

Personal life[edit]

She is married with two children.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Sally Morgan – Morgan of Huyton". Debretts. 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. ^ a b "What happened to Team Blair?". BBC News Online. 27 December 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Jon Swaine (27 November 2009). "Lords' expenses: Sally Morgan claimed £40,000 for London home". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Baroness Sally Morgan". Companies in the UK. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Our Board". The Future Leaders Trust. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  10. ^ The Morgan Inquiry (PDF) (Report). All-Party Parliamentary Scout Group. June 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Ofsted row deepens as Laws 'furious'". BBC. 2 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Baroness Morgan of Huyton - Education Policy Institute". Retrieved 10 January 2017.