Meg is an independent governance consultant working internationally on parliamentary processes, political party development, gender mainstreaming and women’s leadership. She is currently engaged on a GPG project in Tanzania, following long-term work in Iraq on parliamentary enhancement and regional development. She supports GPG projects across the Middle East and has assisted political party groups in the Fijian Parliament.
She also works with organisations such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE), Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, UN Women and the Iraq Foundation.
From 2001-15 she was a Member of Parliament in the UK Parliament and served on the Education and Skills Select Committee, and the Procedure Committee. She was a Minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 2007-08, and Minister for Women and Equality 2005-07. She subsequently Chaired the Westminster Foundation for Democracy 2008-10 and then became Vice Chair 2010-12.
She is currently Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors of Sheffield Hallam University, a non-executive director of the Phone-paid Services Authority, a non-executive director of the Esh Group and Chair of the British Council’s Society Advisory Group. Before being elected to parliament Meg worked for twenty years in the social work profession, her last post was Assistant Director of Children’s Services.
A Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Meg holds a MA, BA (Hons), and a Diploma in Management Studies. She speaks fluent French, German, conversational Italian and Spanish and is learning basic Arabic and Swahili.