Rt Hon. Alan Milburn was a Member of Parliament for the Labour Party from 1992 to 2010. He served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 1998 to 1999, Secretary of State for Health from 1999 to 2003 and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 2004 to 2005.
He chaired the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions from 2008 to 2009 and has been the Independent Reviewer on Social Mobility and Child Poverty under the current government. He was interim Chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission until his formal appointment to the post on 13 July 2012.