We are pleased to announce that the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP has joined our Board, taking up the seat vacated by Baroness Ruth Davidson a few months ago. 

Michael Gove is the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations. He has held several Ministerial posts across Government, including as Education Secretary and Secretary of State for the Environment. Before entering politics, Michael worked as a reporter for The Press and Journal in Aberdeen, a researcher and reporter at Scottish Television and a reporter for BBC Television. He was later Assistant Editor of The Times.

He said:

I have long supported the work of the Centre. I continue to be inspired by the work that you lead in empowering young voices to engage with and enter British politics. I look forward to playing a part in the work.

Michael Gove is a former Chairman of Policy Exchange, a centre-right think-tank which has come up with innovative policies on policing, local government and fighting terrorism. Policy Exchange’s plans to devolve more power over police priorities to local communities has been widely welcomed.

Michael Gove was born in Edinburgh in 1967 and brought up in Aberdeen. Educated in England and Scotland, in the state and independent sectors, he is passionately committed to raising standards in state schools and helping children from less privileged backgrounds to maximise their potential.