Lord Jack McConnell

Jack McConnell is the Founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the McConnell International Foundation. He is the youngest First Minister of Scotland, serving from 2001 to 2007. He was appointed to the House of Lords on 28 June 2010 as Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale. His parliamentary interests include peacebuilding, international development, and opportunities and support for vulnerable youngsters.

Lord McConnell was the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Peacebuilding from 2008 to 2010, and Education Adviser to the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative in Malawi and Rwanda. As First Minister, he refreshed Scotland’s International Image, establishing the Fresh Talent Initiative and Scotland’s International Development policy, including the unique co-operation agreement with Malawi.

Lord McConnell introduced Scotland’s ban on smoking in public places and a national youth volunteering programme, Project Scotland. He was a Mathematics teacher, a member of the Scottish Constitutional Convention and General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party.He served as Scotland’s Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs from 2000 to 2001 and he was Minister for Finance from 1999 to 2000. He was a Member of Scottish Parliament for Motherwell and Wishaw from 1999-2001.

He is involved as an Ambassador, Patron and Board Member of several international and UK-based NGOs. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Icebreakers, and has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Stirling. He is also a Consultant and Guest Lecturer in several countries.