Managing Director of Online Learning at TSL Education Ltd, developing teacher education at TES. Former Cabinet minister in the Labour Government and member of the Privy Council and the House of Lords, is now using his skills and expertise commercially as a consultant and non-executive board member. As a national politician he has skills in decision making, communication, media handling and strategic policy, and has unrivalled expertise in the inter-relationship between education, skills and employment policy given his ministerial experience. He also has a current understanding of the potential use of digital technology in the delivery of public services.

As a minister his portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital and employment. He attended weekly Cabinet 2009-2010, before joining the Lords after the 2010 General Election.

He is Chair of xRapid alongside similar posts for the Nominet Trust and the Tinder Foundation.