Deputy Chair - Social Mobility Commission

The Rt Hon Baroness Gillian Shephard


Baroness Gillian Shephard was a government minister from 1989 to 1997, serving as Secretary of State for the Department of Employment, the Department of Education and the Department of Education and Employment, and as Minister of State at HM Treasury and Parliamentary under Secretary of State at the Department of Social Security.

Baroness Shephard became a peer in 2005 and served as Chair of the Association of Conservative Peers, sat on the Lords Reform Select Committee, the Mental Capacity Select Committee and the Affordable Childcare Select Committee.

She is Chair of the Council of the Institute of Education and holds honorary fellowships of St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and Queen Mary University of London.

Deputy Chair - Social Mobility Commission

Responsiblities are:

  • building and maintaining effective working relationships with the chair, other members of the commission and the secretariat, to ensure that the remit of the Social Mobility Commission is fulfilled fully, promptly and properly

  • 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

  • acting as an advocate for the social mobility agenda

Previous roles in government

  1. Deputy Chair - Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission

    • 2012 to 2016