Baroness Estelle Morris
Estelle Morris started her career as a teacher in Coventry in 1974. She was elected as a member of Warwick District Council in 1979 and led the Labour Group for seven years.
In 1992 Estelle was elected as MP for Birmingham Yardley; in 1997 she became Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the department for Education and Employment and in 1998 she became the Minister for School Standards.
In 2001 Estelle was appointed to the post of Secretary of State for the Department for Education and Skills. She resigned from this post in 2002 but returned to the front bench eight months later as Minister in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. She was appointed to the House of Lords after the May 2005 election.
Estelle Morris serves on a number of charitable bodies connected to both Education and the Arts, and was the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Sunderland University from 2005 to 2009. In 2007 she became Chair of the Strategy Board of the Institute for Effective Education at the University of York.
HA (Tony) Cann CBE., Hon LL.D., DL
Mr H A (Tony) Cann has been involved in computers and education over the last 15 years. Currently he is Vice-Chairman of Promethean Ltd, the leading manufacturer of collaborative classrooms systems using Promethean interactive whiteboards and Activote the student voting system. He is also Chairman of several other private companies, a Director of the University for Industry, a Trustee of The Ruskin Foundation and Director of the Bowland Charitable Trust.
He was a Governor of Nelson and Colne College, a member of the National Advisory Council for Education and Training Targets (NACETT), Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee at Lancaster University and was the founding Chairman of the East Lancashire Training and Enterprise Council (ELTEC), and a member of the Further Education Funding Council (FEFC).
Professor Nick Abercrombie
Nick Abercrombie was trained as a social scientist and for the first twenty years of his career was employed as an academic in UK universities. For the last fifteen years of his career he worked in university management, retiring in 2004 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University. His responsibilities in that post included strategic development in the institution, developments in health and medicine, and innovation and quality assurance in learning and teaching. During his career he has served, and continues to serve, as a non-executive or trustee for a variety of commercial, public sector and voluntary sector organisations, mostly in the fields of education, health and publishing. Since his retirement, he has participated in several advisory and consultancy projects involving strategic initiatives in education and has also been involved in leadership training in the public sector.