Neil Carmichael has served as Member of Parliament for Stroud Valleys and Vale since 2010, and as Chair of the Education Select Committee since 2015. He has previously been a member of the Environment Audit Committee and also established two All Parliamentary Party Groups: Governance and Leadership in Education, and Vascular Diseases. Neil took the Antarctic Act through Parliament, safeguarding both the Antarctic environment and British interests in the area for future generations.
Neil was born in 1961 in Northumberland. His family background was associated with hill farming. After university, where he studied politics, and until 2001, he was actively involved in agriculture, focusing on breeding cattle and sheep farming. Neil was also Chief Executive and then Chairman of Northumbria Daybreak, a charity providing day care for adults with learning disabilities.
Prior to his incumbency as MP, Neil spent several years as a visiting lecturer in British political history, European Union policies and institutions, and rural economic development. He also worked in business from 2001 until 2010, working in business development projects, developing project finance capabilities and liaising with firms and corporations, including Bevan Brittan, Hutchinson and Sainsbury's.
Neil established Stroud’s Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering (FESTOMANE) in 2011. His vision was to create a long-standing event which would contribute to the manufacturing and engineering industry, through encouraging young people to consider entering careers in this sector. FESTOMANE works to encourage and promote the importance of STEM subjects to children and young people, celebrate Stroud Valleys and Vale’s strong manufacturing and engineering heritage, and support local businesses.
Neil's interests include Europe, education, history, economics, energy and foreign affairs. As well as refurbishing his Massey-Ferguson 135 tractor, Neil continues to garden and enjoy woodland, follows Formula 1 racing, and enjoys visiting a good pub and watching films.
From MAFF to DEFRA - a policy changing journey for Agriculture, Journal of the Institute of Agricultural Management, Vol. 12, No. 10, 2006
Conservatives and Localism, New Local Government Network, 2007
Who Governs the Governors? (with Edward Wild), Wild Search, 2011
Stronger Boards, Better Education (with Edward Wild), Wild Search
Building Better Boards; An Opportunity for Education (with Edward Wild), Wild Search