Former Labour culture secretary and minister for the London Olympics, Tessa Jowell is an adept keynote and after-dinner speaker. Continuing to work within the political and corporate sphere, Tessa shares her expertise on today's digital landscape, infrastructure, large scale project management and public health policy. A passionate speaker, well-placed to share her wealth of experience on leadership, risk management, and teamwork.
Baroness Jowell (DBE), MP is available for keynotes, after dinners and conference linking. With the Olympics 2012 under her belt, Tessa is an outstanding keynote or after dinner speaker. In 2014 she was honoured with the Freedom of the City of London.
In 2002, Tessa was appointed as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and consequently was in charge of London’s successful Olympic bid. She faced opposition and a lack of support from the Cabinet but pushed on believing in sport as a social good. It was her belief and determination that led to the successful bid, culminating in her appointment as the Olympics Minister, working to build a powerful coalition across the political divide for the duration of the project. In doing so she played a crucial role in the successful delivery of a hugely complex infrastructure project, both on time and under budget.
Tessa started out working in psychiatry, social policy and public sector management before working in partnership with the charity for mental health, Mind. It was then that she moved into politics, starting out as MP for Dulwich before becoming the Public Health Minister. In this post, she set up the SureStart Children’s Centres before taking on other positions involving women, employment, welfare to work and equal opportunities.
Her next post was that of Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, where she didn’t only lead the successful Olympic bid but she changed the face of television broadcasting. Tessa was responsible for the Communications Act which led to the establishment of the media regulator, Ofcom, as well as overseeing the renegotiation of the BBC Charter in the digital age and securing funding for the arts for a decade.
In 2015, Tessa stepped down as an MP to take up a position in the House of Lords. She has also taken a senior teaching fellowship at the Havard School of Public Heath, where she teaches on topics of policy development, implementation, and leadership. In a similar vein, she is also a Professor in Practice for the Department of Government and Cities at LSE.
Tessa’s political life has been defined by her early social and psychiatric career. Her work and passion for education, employment, and public health have been formed by her early education that the mental and physical health of society is of the utmost importance and it is these beliefs that led her determination for the Olympic bid.
Baroness Jowell's experience in the world of media, politics and psychiatric health has led her to appointments on the board of the Economist, a position as Bloomberg’s digital ambassador and a role as Senior Advisor within The Founders Forum. Experience in infrastructure and project management have also seen her take on a board position with infrastructure and real estate firm InfraRed Capital and a role as Co-Chair of the Gatwick Growth Board. Her expertise ensures she can cover a wealth of topics such as leadership, change management, and project delivery.