Baroness Sally Morgan became Fitzwilliam College’s ninth Master on 1 October 2019.
Sally Morgan was born and went to school in Liverpool. She is a Labour peer, worked for eight years in 10 Downing Street and was Minister for Women and Equalities.
She served on the Olympic Delivery Authority board for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is a former Chair of Ofsted and vice-chair at King's College London.
After her first degree at Durham University, where she graduated in 1980 with a BA in geography, she went to King's College London to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and worked as a secondary school teacher from 1981-1985. She later received an MA in Education from the Institute of Education.
From 1985, she worked for the Labour Party in opposition and then government under Neil Kinnock, John Smith and Tony Blair.
She has always been very involved in education, and since 2005 has been Chair or advisor to charities serving disadvantaged young people including ARK, Ambition Institute and Frontline. She is currently a trustee of the Education Policy Institute and is also Chair of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust.
She is married to barrister John Lyons, whom she met while at Durham. They have been married for 35 years and have two adult sons.
Previous Masters and Censors
Masters of Fitzwilliam College
2013-2019: Professor Nicola Padfield
2005-2013: Professor Robert Lethbridge
1999-2005: Professor Brian F. G. Johnson
1991-1999: Professor Alan Cuthbert
1988-1990: Professor Gordon Cameron
1981-1988: Professor Sir James Holt
1971-1981: Dr Edward Miller
1966-1971: Dr Walter Wyatt Grave
Censors of Fitzwilliam House
1959-1966: Dr Walter Wyatt Grave
1955-1959: William Washington Williams
1924-1954: William Sutherland Thatcher
1907-1924: William Fiddian Reddaway
1890-1907: Tristram Frederick Croft Huddleston
1881-1890: Francis George Howard
1869-1881: Ralph Benjamin Somerset