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Rt. Hon. Gillian Patricia SHEPHARD

Secretary of State for Employment

Rt. Hon. Gillian Patricia SHEPHARD, British Secretary of State for Employment.


SHEPHARD, Rt. Hon. Gillian Patricia was born on January 22, 1940. Parents: Reginald Watts and Bertha Watts.


North Walsham Girls’ High School. St. Hilda’s College, Oxford University.


Councillor, Norfolk County Council, 1977, Chairman Social Services and Education Committees. Deputy Leader of Council. Chairman, West Norfolk Health Authority, 85.

Chairman, Norwich Health Authority, 1985-1987. Member of Parliament for Norfolk South West. since 1987. Secretary, Conservative Backbench Health and Social Services Committee, 1987.

Member. Commons Select Committee on Social Services, 1987. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Social Security, since 1989. Secretary of State for Employment.

Education Officer and Schools Inspector, Norfolk County Council, 1963-1975. Anglia Television, 1975-1977.


Clubs: Royal Commonwealth Society.


  • Other Interests

    Gardening, France, music. European Community, education, health, penal affairs.


Spouse Thomas Shephard, 1975. Children: two step s.