Chris Mullin - Author, journalist and politician
Chairman, Heritage Lottery Fund North East
A judge of the 2011 Man Booker Prize
Published works include three widely acclaimed volumes of diaries -- "A Walk-On Part", "A View from the Foothills" and "Decline & Fall".
Author of three novels, including the classic political thriller, "A Very British Coup" , the television version of which won BAFTA and Emmy awards and was shown in more than 30 countries.
Also, "Error of Judgement - the truth about the Birmingham Bombings" which led to the correction of one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in British legal history; made into a drama documentary by Granada Television in which Chris Mullin was played by John Hurt.
Member of Parliament for Sunderland South
A minister in three departments - Environment, Transport & Regions
(1999-2001) Responsibilities included: aviation, recycling and countryside issues.
(February to May 2001)
The Foreign Office
Chairman, Home Affairs Select Committee
1997-1999 and 2001-2003
Member of the committee since 1992
Member, Standards and Privileges Committee
A board member of the Prison Reform Trust
Honorary degrees from the universities of Essex, Hull, Newcastle, Sunderland and City University (London)
Council Member, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
Trustee, North of England Civic Trust
Visiting lecturer, politics department University of Newcastle;
Honorary Fellow, School of Government & International Affairs, University of Durham.
Associate -- University of Edinburgh Business School
Patron, The Joe Homan Charity
Patron, Wear Surma Clinic
President, Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Chairman, board of International Alert
Born: December, 1947.
Marital status: Married with two daughters.
Educated: St Joseph's College, Ipswich and the University of Hull.