Justine Greening

Justine Greening

Company: The Social Mobility Pledge

Job title: Former Secretary of State for Education


Justine Greening entered Parliament in 2005 after a career in accountancy and finance with PwC, GSK and Centrica.

She represented Putney in South West London as the local MP for over 14 years until standing down in 2019. During her career, she served under two prime ministers, as a Treasury minister and later as Secretary of State for Transport. In 2014, Justine was appointed Secretary of State for International Development, where she led the UK’s response to Ebola and the Syria refugee crisis.

In 2016, she took up the role of Minister for Women and Equalities, introducing gender pay gap reporting, as well as Secretary of State for Education, a role she describes as her dream job. She was the first Secretary of State to have been to a comprehensive school.

In 2018, Justine set up the Social Mobility Pledge to mobilise the business community and deliver change on the ground. Today more than 500 organisations representing seven million people have signed the Pledge and have committed to spreading opportunity more fairly in Britain.

Having left Parliament, Justine now leads a coalition of hundreds of organisations on a mission to level up Britain. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, she led the UK business effort through the C-19 Business Pledge, which called on businesses and universities to support their employees, customers and communities through the early stages of the pandemic.

Justine lives in Wandsworth, London with her partner Tess and their dog Cooper.


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