Jo Swinson

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Charismatic, energetic, direct and down-to-earth, Jo is an expert on a wide range of topics including consumer affairs, diversity and the world of work.

An inspiring role model for young women, Jo secured Government support to tackle the gender pay gap through pay transparency in large companies, and co-founded the Campaign for Body Confidence, working with the fashion, media and advertising industries to drive change.

Jo is a talented communicator both in the media and face-to-face. A BBC Question Time panellist more than a dozen times, Jo has continued a high profile in the media since leaving politics at the last election, with appearances on LBC, BBC Radio 4 and Channel 4 News.

A champion for consumers, Jo led a crackdown on unscrupulous payday lenders, introduced new powers to tackle rogue traders and set up the Groceries Code Adjudicator to keep big supermarkets in check. She is the architect of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 which for the first time gives consumers protection when buying digital content.

An MP at 25, and a Minister in the coalition government at 32, she wasted no time in shaking up the political establishment. Her passion for improving the world of work saw her battle to extend flexible working and introduce landmark legislation to allow couples to choose how to share parental leave. Recognising the complexity of the productivity challenge facing the UK, Jo worked with business leaders to promote employee engagement, employee ownership, and workplace wellbeing.

For 10 years the MP for East Dunbartonshire in the west of Scotland, Jo was one of the key voices advocating for Scotland staying in the UK at the independence referendum and beyond. Combined with her experience at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, she is well placed to talk about Britain and Europe.

For almost a decade, Jo has been a thought-leader in the field of wellbeing and public policy, and was a leading voice in the successful campaign to measure the country’s wellbeing alongside the GDP figures.

A digital pioneer, Jo was one of the first MPs to use Twitter and served as Vice Chair of the Prime Minister’s Digital Taskforce. Now a Director of award-winning data intelligence company Clear Returns, Jo can speak with authority and without jargon about the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.

When she’s not working you can find Jo running (she finished the 2011 London Marathon in under 4 hours) or hiking up a mountain in Scotland.

Always interested in her audience, she is an engaging public speaker much in demand.

showed her communication skills with a tremendous speech” – Financial Times
a confident speaker… certainly highly regarded” – Times
her energy is infectious” – Observer 

She tweets as @joswinson

Contact Agent: info@knightayton.co.uk 

Charismatic, energetic, direct and down-to-earth, Jo is an engaging speaker on a wide range of topics including consumer affairs, diversity and the world of work.

An MP at 25, and a Minister in the coalition government at 32, she wasted no time in shaking up the political establishment. Her passion for improving the world of work saw her battle to extend flexible working and introduce landmark legislation to allow couples to choose how to share parental leave. Recognising the complexity of the productivity challenge facing the UK, Jo worked with business leaders to promote employee engagement, employee ownership, and workplace wellbeing.

A champion for consumers, Jo led a crackdown on unscrupulous payday lenders, introduced new powers to tackle rogue traders and set up the Groceries Code Adjudicator to keep big supermarkets in check. She is the architect of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 which for the first time gives consumers protection when buying digital content.

For almost a decade, Jo has been a thought-leader in the field of wellbeing and public policy, and was a leading voice in the successful campaign to measure the country’s wellbeing alongside the GDP figures.

A digital pioneer, Jo was one of the first MPs to use Twitter and served as Vice Chair of the Prime Minister’s Digital Taskforce. Now a Director of award-winning data intelligence company Clear Returns, Jo can speak with authority and without jargon about the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.

An inspiring role model for young women, Jo secured Government support to tackle the gender pay gap through pay transparency in large companies, and co-founded the Campaign for Body Confidence, working with the fashion, media and advertising industries to drive change.

For 10 years the MP for East Dunbartonshire in the west of Scotland, Jo was one of the key voices advocating for Scotland staying in the UK at the independence referendum and beyond. Combined with her experience at BIS, she is well placed to talk about the future uncertainties of the EU referendum, possible Brexit and a second Scottish referendum.

When she’s not working you can find Jo running (she finished the 2011 London Marathon in under 4 hours) or hiking up a mountain in Scotland.

Always interested in her audience, she is an engaging public speaker much in demand.

showed her communication skills with a tremendous speech” – Financial Times

a confident speaker… certainly highly regarded” – Times
her energy is infectious” – Observer 

Recent testimonials include:

Keynote speech at the National Women in Engineering Day Conference
I thoroughly recommend Jo Swinson as an inspirational and motivational keynote speaker. Jo gave the Keynote address at the National Women in Engineering Day conference, 2015, and brilliantly set the tone for the forthcoming day’s event. She spoke insightfully, clearly grasped and was able to articulate the goals of the day, and engaged the audience from the start with her mix or personal experience and strategic overview. Jo managed to hit the right balance between identifying the problems we face in the campaign for women’s equality in engineering, and inspiring positive action to motivate change. I would thorough recommend Jo as a keynote speaker.

Contact Agent: info@knightayton.co.uk 


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