Iain was appointed to the Governing Body on the 14 December 2017, and has also joined the Audit & Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee (Chair) and the Search & Governance Committee.
Iain is Chief Executive of NEPIC, the North East Process Industry Cluster, and has been since June 2017.
Iain was Labour MP for Hartlepool from 2004 until 2017, when he announced his decision not to stand again in the General Election.
Most recently in Parliament, Iain was the Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, which undertook high-profile inquiries into working conditions at Sports Direct and the collapse of BHS.
Iain was Minister for Housing and Planning between 2007 and 2009 and Minister for Schools and Apprenticeships in 2009-10 and also served as Shadow Minister for Industry between 2011 and 2015.
Prior to being elected to Parliament, Iain worked at the regional development agency One NorthEast and started his career as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte.