Baroness Hughes has had a distinguished career in public life. Following postgraduate research, teaching and leadership in higher education, she served as MP for Stretford and Urmston from 1997 to 2010. She served as a government minister for nine years with responsibilities in local government, home affairs and education.
In 2002 she was promoted to Minister of State and her posts included Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families (2005-09) and Minister of State for the North West (2007-2009). Baroness Hughes was appointed to the Privy Council in 2004 and was made a life peer of the House of Lords four years ago.
She lives in Manchester and began her political career with her election to Trafford Borough Council in 1986 and became leader of the Council in 1995, serving in this role until 1997. During this time she was a Non-Executive Director for Trafford Park Development Corporation and Manchester Airport Company and was instrumental in bringing the Imperial War Museum North to Trafford Quays.
Baroness Hughes said: “It is a great honour to be appointed to the role of Chair of Council for the University of Salford. I am looking forward to my new role with this impressive institution which has a strong track record in widening participation and a passion for transforming lives and enabling people to realise their full potential. It is planning for the future with a major programme of investment in its campus.”
Baroness Hughes becomes an independent member of Council with immediate effect and her initial three year term of office begins on 1 August.