Dame Tessa Jowell
Member of Parliament for Dulwich and West Norwood and Former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Tessa Jowell served as a Minister throughout the last Labour Government, 8 of 13 years in the Cabinet, and has represented Dulwich and West Norwood as Member of Parliament since 1992. As Secretary of State for 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 then became Olympics Minister in 2005 and oversaw the 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. In 2012 Tessa was made a Dame for her political and charitable services.