Earlier in his career he was, twice, Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister, Economic Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition, a Fellow and Tutor in Economics at Balliol, and for the academic year, 2012/13, Warden of Rhodes House. He was a Board Member of Channel 4 Television, a Scott Trustee (which owns the Guardian and the Observer) and a Trustee of Reprieve. In 2001, he founded the Oxford Internet Institute and, in 2010, the Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute.
Margaret Jay’s career has combined experience at a senior level in Government public life, the media and business and has worked in the voluntary sector as founder director of The National Aids Trust. After graduating from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics she joined the BBC and began a twenty year career in broadcasting. In 1992 she was appointed as a ‘working peer’ to the House of Lords by the Labour Party and held Opposition front bench posts during the 1990s. At the same time she joined the Board of the London Broadcasting Company, and later of Carlton Television and Scottish Power. She was also on the Advisory Board of the Meteorological Office and chaired the Shopping Hours Reform Council which successfully lobbied to change the law on Sunday trading in 1994. In 1997 Margaret Jay was appointed Minister of State in the Department of Health, and the following year she was appointed to the Cabinet as Leader of the House of Lords, Lord Privy Seal and Minister for Women. Since 2001 she has extended her business interests as a non executive director of British Telecom and The Independent News and Media Company. She served as the senior independent director of INM and also acted as a political consultant, and as chair of the independent research organisation The Overseas Development Institute. From 2007 to 2015 she has served and chaired various committees in the House of Lords. the UK’s policy in Iraq.
Her primary interests remain health, communications, European and international affairs and overseas development.
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