Chair - Social Mobility Commission

The Rt Hon Alan Milburn


Alan Milburn was a Member of Parliament for the Labour Party from 1992 to 2010.

He served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 1998 to 1999, Secretary of State for Health from 1999 to 2003 and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 2004 to 2005.

He chaired the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions from 2008 to 2009 and has been the Independent Reviewer on Social Mobility and Child Poverty under the current government.

He was interim Chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission until his formal appointment to the post on 13 July 2012.

Chair - Social Mobility Commission

Responsibilities are:

  • leading the commission, setting its agenda and chairing meetings to provide the best possible progress report on the social mobility strategies and targets

  • ensuring the commission responds appropriately, effectively, and in a timely manner to requests for advice by ministers

  • being an advocate for the social mobility agenda: holding to account and challenging key institutions in areas such as higher education and the professions

  • building and sustaining effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders, including ministers, senior government officials, representatives from local communities and experts in the field

  • being a public spokesperson for the commission, and ensuring active engagement by all members in the business of the commission

Previous roles in government

  1. Chair - Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission

    • 2012 to 2016


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  5. A socially mobile Scotland can beat child poverty

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