Baroness (Tessa) Jowell

Politician and Former Minister


Tessa Jowell is a Member of Parliament who has represented the London constituency of Dulwich and West Norwood since 1992. She served as a Minister throughout the last Labour Government including time as a Minister for Health, Employment and the Cabinet Office. Eight of her thirteen years in Government were in the Cabinet.

As Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (2001-07) she pioneered London’s successful bid for the Olympic Games in 2012 and is credited with bringing the entire government behind the bid. She became Olympics Minister in 2005 and oversaw governance; secured agreement to the budget; procurement of all the venues; the international, national and regional programmes and the funding for elite athletes. She served on the Olympic Board for the 10 year duration of the Olympic and Paralympics project.

Tessa was born in London but went to school in Aberdeen and studied at the universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Goldsmith’s College, London.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2012, Tessa Jowell was awarded a DBE to become Dame Tessa Jowell

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