The Rt Hon Jacqui Smith

Trust Chair
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Jacqui has been chair of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust since December 2013. She now chairs the enlarged trust following the acquisition of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust.

Jacqui also chairs Birmingham Health Partners, which coordinates the research partnership with the University of Birmingham.

Jacqui grew up in Worcestershire and, after reading philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University, she returned to the county and had a successful teaching career for 11 years in Worcestershire schools.

In 1997, Jacqui was elected as the MP for Redditch and served for 13 years. After a period on the Treasury Select Committee, she was appointed as a minister in 1999 and became one of the longest serving ministers in the Labour government. In 2007, Jacqui was appointed as the first female home secretary.

Jacqui is chair of the Sandwell Children’s Trust, of the Precious Trust – a Birmingham-based charity supporting girls at risk of gang violence – and of the Lunar Society. She is a trustee of the Kings Fund and also works in Jordan and Egypt supporting parliamentary and political development.