RT Hon Lord McConnell
The Rt Hon Lord (Jack) McConnell was First Minister of Scotland 2001-2007, the youngest person ever to hold the post. He was a Member of the Scottish Parliament 1999-2011 and served as Minister for Finance 1999-2000 and Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs 2000-2001. He was appointed to the House of Lords in 2010, where his interests include peacebuilding, international development and support for vulnerable young people.
As First Minster, Lord McConnell introduced significant public sector reforms in Scotland, Scotland’s ban on smoking in public places, and a national youth volunteering programme, Project Scotland. He refreshed Scotland’s international image, established the Fresh Talent initiative and created Scotland’s international development policy, including the unique cooperation with Malawi.
From 2008 to 2010 Lord McConnell was UK Special Representative for Peacebuilding. He currently serves as Vice President of UNICEF UK and is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. He is a board member of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. He is a consultant and guest lecturer on global affairs in several countries and is an Ambassador or Patron for a number of international and UK based NGOs, including serving as Chair of the McConnell International Foundation.