Neil Carmichael has served as Member of Parliament for Stroud Valleys and Vale since 2010, and as Chair of the Education Select Committee since 2015. He has previously been a member of the Environment Audit Committee and also established two All Parliamentary Party Groups: Governance and Leadership in Education, and Vascular Diseases. Neil took the Antarctic Act through Parliament, safeguarding both the Antarctic environment and British interests in the area for future generations.
Neil was born in 1961 in Northumberland. His family background was associated with hill farming. After university, where he studied politics, and until 2001, he was actively involved in agriculture, focusing on breeding cattle and sheep farming. Neil was also Chief Executive and then Chairman of Northumbria Daybreak, a charity providing day care for adults with learning disabilities.
Prior to his incumbency as MP, Neil spent several years as a visiting lecturer in British political history, European Union policies and institutions, and rural economic development. He also worked in business from 2001 until 2010, working in business development projects, developing project finance capabilities and liaising with firms and corporations, including Bevan Brittan, Hutchinson and Sainsbury’s.