About

Entrepreneur, broadcaster & former Minister of State For Employment

Esther McVey is an entrepreneur, broadcaster and former MP and Minister of State for Employment. She is a Privy Counsellor- a member of the formal body of advisors to the Sovereign of the United Kingdom.

 

Her current roles in business include Chair of British Transport Police Authority (responsible for ensuring an efficient and effective police force for Britain’s railways), Honorary Fellow of Liverpool University and Senior Advisor to an international communications company.

 

She is a broadcaster and commentator on BBC, ITV and Sky, covering news,current affairs and politics.

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Cabinet Meeting at 10 Downing St, London, Britain - 25 Sep 2014
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Bringing about change

Esther is a champion of social mobility. Through her charity If Chloe Can, she provides career, support, inspiration and ambition to school pupils. Her first careers play, ‘If Chloe Can’ produced with the National Youth Theatre, tells the story of Chloe and her 3 best friends.

 

It is currently touring the UK providing accompanying workshops and a year long programme for schools.

 

Career

Esther graduated in Law before becoming a graduate trainee with the BBC in 1991. She went on to work for in media for the next 10 years as a Broadcaster and a Journalist. Esther then left media in 2001 to establish her own business setting up office space for new start-up companies as well as establishing the biggest business women’s network in the northwest.

 

In 2008, Esther went back to University, Liverpool John Moores, to do an MSc in Corporate Governance, graduating with a distinction as well as winning the North of England excellence award for her studies. Her thesis became the starting point for her careers book “If Chloe Can”.

 

Esther has also written a boy’s career book ‘You Can’, and like ‘If Chloe Can’ it has been turned into a play with the National Youth Theatre, currently touring the country and reaching over 10,000 young people.

 

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Politics

In 2010, Esther became the first and only Conservative MP on Merseyside since 1997. She went on to become the first MP to employ an apprentice and got the House of Commons authorities to introduce the scheme.

 

In 2012 she was appointed Minister for Disabled people and in 2013 she was made the Minister of State for Employment where she worked alongside Iain Duncan Smith bringing about groundbreaking reform to the benefits system and oversaw a record rise in employment.

 

Awards &Charity

Esther has also been nominated for Merseyside Woman of the Year, and Cheshire Woman of the Year.

 

She is an ambassador for Action Media Research, a regional supporter of a Women’s Refuge Centre, and a chairwoman of Friends of Moels Park.

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