Jim is the Chief Education Adviser at TES Global, having successfully developed their teacher training business. He is also a visiting professor at the UCL Knowledge Lab and a member of the House of Lords. Jim’s main policy interests are education, employment, skills and digital technology. He served as an MP from 2001-2009, during which time he was a minister for rural affairs, schools and then employment, with his final year as a Cabinet minister.
Jim is a founder of XRapid Ltd, providing medical and environment microscopy using an iphone. He is a trustee of the Centre for Accelerating Social Technology, of Whole Education, of the Jump! Foundation and the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund. He is a member of the Government’s Digital Engagement Council, the Future of Work Commission established by the Labour Party, and the Brookings Institution’s Millions Learning 2.0 Advisory Group.