Sally Morgan Edit Profile
Morgan was educated at Belvedere School for Girls, Liverpool, and at Durham University, where she graduated in 1980 with a BA in geography.
She is the former Chair of Ofsted. 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. She was made a life peer as Baroness Morgan of Huyton, of Huyton in the County of Merseyside, on 20 June 2001. 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.
She left Downing Street in 2005. In November 2005 she was appointed as a non-executive director of The Carphone Warehouse Group plc, 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. She also serves as Advisor to the Board of the children's charity Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) and has been chair of the board of Trustees of The Future Leaders Trust since 2006.
She was appointed chair of Ofsted by the Conservative-led government from March 2011 and will leave 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. The government responded by saying that they recruit on merit.
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. 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.
As a member of the National Organisation of Labour Students, she was an active member of the British Youth Council Executive Committee. In April 2006 she was appointed a board member of the Olympic Delivery Authority.