Estelle started her career as a teacher in an inner city multiracial comprehensive school where she taught for 18 years. In 1992 she was elected as Member of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley and in 1997, she was appointed a Minister at the Department for Education and Employment becoming the Secretary of State in the Department of Education and Skills in 2002. She followed this with 2 years as a Minister at the Department of Culture Media and Sport.
Since then, Estelle has held posts as Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Sunderland, Chair of the Children’s Workforce Development Committee and Chair of the Institute of Effective Education.
Estelle has been a member of the House of Lords since 2005 which she combines with her work as the Chair of the Birmingham Education Partnership. She also helped to establish the Association of Education Partnerships.
She as is a member of the Pinnacle Multi-Academy Trust, trustee of the Poetry Archive, Vice Chair and trustee of the Sunderland AFC Foundation and a Director of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
This page was last updated on 20 June 2022.