The Rt Hon Lord Knight of Weymouth
Jim Knight is the Chief Education and External Officer at TES Global Ltd, a member of the House of Lords and a visiting Professor at the London Knowledge Lab of the Institute of Education.
Jim’s main policy interests are education, employment, skills and digital technology. He was Labour MP for South Dorset from 2001-2010. In that time he was the longest serving Schools minister in the UK government led by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown; he also served as Rural Affairs minister and Employment minister. He attended weekly Cabinet in the year running up to the 2010 General Election, and joined the Lords after that election.
Having co-ordinated Ed Balls Leadership Campaign, he served as shadow DWP minister and shadow DEFRA minister in the House of Lords. As a consultant he worked with TSL Education, Apple, Smart Technologies, EC Harris LLP, and Alderwood Recruitment.
He is a co-owner and founder of xRpaid, developer of diagnostic microscopy solutions by training iPhones. He is also chair of Whole Education, a trustee of the Centre for Accelerating Social Technology and a Director of Labour Coast and Country.