Theodore Agnew, Baron Agnew of Oulton
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|The Right Honourable|
The Lord Agnew of Oulton
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System|
Assumed office |
28 September 2017
|Monarch||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Sec. of State||
|Preceded by||The Lord Nash|
|Member of the House of Lords|
Assumed office |
19 October 2017
17 January 1961|
Theodore Thomas More Agnew, Baron Agnew of Oulton DL (born 17 January 1961) is a Norfolk businessman, Conservative life peer and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education. Lord Agnew also founded the Inspiration Trust, and is the Trust's former chairman.
He was born in Norfolk, brought up in Oulton near Aylsham and educated at Beeston Hall School in Norfolk and Rugby School. After school, he worked in Canada and Australia, initially in farming but later buying and selling a variety of businesses.
After working in Australia, he returned to the UK and founded Town & Country Assistance in 1989 and grew the business to annual gross revenues of £40 million pa. Selling it to Warburg Pincus in 2002, he became co-founder of WNS Global Services. He resigned as a non-executive director of Jubilee Managing Agency Ltd in 2011, a Lloyd’s insurance business managing £130 million of premiums.
Agnew is the founder and chairman of the Inspiration Trust, a multi-academy trust that runs fourteen schools in East Anglia. The Trust was founded as the East Norfolk Academy Trust on 14 August 2012, changing its name to the Inspiration Trust on 27 January 2013.
Agnew was a non-executive board member of the Department for Education and chairman of its Academies Board from 2013 to 2015. He was appointed lead non-executive board member of the Ministry of Justice in July 2015.
He was created Baron Agnew of Oulton, of Oulton in the County of Norfolk, on 19 October 2017. Sitting with the Conservative Party group in the House of Lords. He was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System, in the Department for Education on 28 September 2017.
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