Dame Tessa Jowell was raised to the peerage as Baroness Jowell, of Brixton in the London Borough of Lambeth in October 2015. With a name synonymous with London and the 2012 Olympics, Baroness Jowells’s career started in social work and as a campaigner for mental health charity, Mind, before entering politics as first councillor and then as the MP Dulwich and West Norwood from 1992 to 2015.
She was Minister for the Olympics (2005-2010) and Shadow Minister for the Olympics and Shadow Minister for London until September 2012, resigning after the London Olympic Games. She stood down from the House of Commons at the 2015 General Election.
Her most senior Government appointment was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and she served as a member of both the Blair and Brown Cabinets. Baroness Jowell established the International Olympic Committee and championed London as the host city for the 2012 Olympics.