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Patricia Hope Hewitt, British English government official, political scientist, researcher, announcer. Board directors International League for Human Rights, New York City, since 1983; public relations officer, Age Concern, 1971-1974, women's rights officer, 1973-1974.

Background

Hewitt, Patricia Hope was born on December 2, 1948 in Canberra, Australia. Arrived in United Kingdom, 1967. Daughter of Lenox and Hope (Tillyard) Hewitt.

Education

Bachelor, Newnham College, Cambridge, 1970. Master of Arts, Cambridge University, England, 1974. Master of Arts, Oxford University, England, 1992.

Career

General secretary National Council Civil Liberties (now Liberty), England, 1974-1983. Press secretary to Leader of Opposition (Neil Kinnock), England, 1983-1987. Policy coordinator Leader of Opposition, England, 1987-1989.

Deputy director Institute for Public Policy Research, England, 1989-1994. Director research Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), England, 1994—1997. Member House of Commons, Parliament, since 1997, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Minister for Women, 2001—2005, Secretary of State for Health, since 2005.

Membership

Board directors International League for Human Rights, New York City, since 1983. Public relations officer, Age Concern, 1971-1974, women's rights officer, 1973-1974.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: art history, gardening, cooking.

Connections

Married Julian Gibson-Watt, August 8, 1970 (divorced 1976). Married William Birtles, December 17, 1981. Children: Alexandra, Nicholas.