A NEW chairman has been announced for the National Coal Mining Museum for England at Caphouse Colliery, near Grange Moor.
Baroness Morris of Yardley will join the board of trustees following the resignation of Baroness Lockwood, who chaired the board for more than 11 years.
As Estelle Morris, she started her career as a teacher at Sidney Stringer School and Community College in Coventry in 1974.
She was elected a member of Warwick District Council in 1979 and led its Labour group for seven years.
In 1992 she was elected MP for Birmingham Yardley and in 1994 she was appointed Opposition spokeswoman for education and employment.
After Labour's 1997 General Election victory she became Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Department for Education and Employment.
The next year she became the minister for school standards.
In 2001 she was appointed to the post of Secretary of State at the newly created Department for Education and Skills.
Ms Morris resigned from this post in 2002, but returned to the front bench eight months later as minister for museums in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
She did not seek re-election at the May, 2005, election after 13 years as MP for Birmingham Yardley.
After the election she went to the House of Lords as Baroness Morris.
She became the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Sunderland University in 2005 and also chairs the Children's Workforce Development Council.
The mining museum's director, Dr Margaret Faull, paid tribute to Baroness Lockwood.
She said: "Without her dedication, tenacity and perseverance over the last 11 years the museum would not have survived the enormous cash problems it encountered throughout the 1990s.
"We are delighted that she will be succeeded by Baroness Morris, who is so highly regarded in the education and the museum worlds.
"Under her guidance we expect the museum to continue to flourish."