Meg is an independent governance consultant and Advance HE’s associate who holds a number of non-executive positions. They currently include: Pro-Chancellor and Deputy Chair of Governors at Sheffield Hallam University, Independent Chair of the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Panel, and Non-Executive Director of the Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA). She also undertakes training and development work in the UK and internationally on parliamentary processes, political parties, gender mainstreaming and women's leadership.
In the UK her training experience includes designing and running courses for organisations including the Civil Service College and Dods. Internationally she has worked with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), UN Development Programme (UNDP), the OECD, Global Partners Governance and the OSCE. She has led induction programmes for new MPs, mentored women MPs, and designed and delivered courses in gender mainstreaming, decentralisation and parliamentary processes. She has worked in the Middle East, North and East Africa and the Pacific.
She was a Member of Parliament in the UK (2001-15), which included being Minister for Women and Equality (2005-07) and a Minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2007-08). Before entering parliament, Meg had twenty years’ experience in the social work profession. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.