Rt. Hon. Jacqui Smith
Former Home Secretary and Chair
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Jacqui Smith has been Chair of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust since December 2013 and Interim Chair of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust since December 2015. Jacqui also chairs the Birmingham Health Partnership which coordinates the research partnership with the University of Birmingham.Jacqui grew up in Worcestershire and, after reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Hertford College, Oxford University, she returned to the County and had a successful teaching career for 11 years in Worcestershire schools.
In 1997, Jacqui was elected as the MP for Redditch and served for 13 years. After a period on the Treasury Select Committee, she was appointed as a Minister in 1999 and became one of the longest serving Ministers in the Labour government. In 2007, Jacqui was appointed as the first female Home Secretary.
Jacqui is also Chair of the Precious Trust – a Birmingham based charity formed with Marcia Shakespeare to support girls at risk of gang violence and of the Advocacy Practice of Westbourne Communications. She is a Trustee of the Kings Fund and also works in Jordan and Egypt supporting parliamentary and political development.
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