Government Lead Non-Executive

Lord Nash

Biography

In July 2020, Lord Nash was appointed to the role of Government Lead Non-Executive Director, for a three-year term. Lord Nash is also a Cabinet Office Non-Executive Director.

He became a life peer as Baron Nash on 21 January 2013.

Additional Information and Previous Roles

Lord Nash has had a varied career, with extensive experience in both the public and private sector. He served for over four years as the Academies and Free Schools Minister and spearheaded the Academy Ambassador programme, which has now recruited over 1,500 volunteers with business backgrounds to improve the governance an​d financial controls of academy schools. He worked in venture capital for 30 years before stepping into education, having created his own firm, Sovereign Capital, in 1988. He is a former Chair of the British Venture Capital Association.

In 2005 he set up Future, a charity designed to support young people by working with other small charities and sponsoring academies, ​through Future Academies, which sponsors 10 academies including Pimlico Academy and Millbank Primary Academy.

He was a non-executive board member at the Department for Education for over 2 years b​efore being appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools.

Government Lead Non-Executive

The Government Lead Non-Executive works with Secretaries of State to:

  • appoint non-executives to the board of each government department
  • improve governance across Whitehall
  • build leadership and management through the non-executives and the boards

The Government Lead Non-Executive also convenes network meetings of non-executives across Whitehall to consider the big issues that challenge all government departments and share best practice.

Cabinet Office Board and Cabinet Office