MPs Catherine McKinnell and Chris Matheson become IPT Trustees | IPT

MPs Catherine McKinnell and Chris Matheson join the Industry and Parliament Trust’s Board of Trustees

We are delighted to announce both Catherine McKinnell MP and Chris Matheson MP have been appointed as trustees of the Industry and Parliament Trust.

Catherine McKinnell was elected in the 2010 general election as the MP for Newcastle Upon Tyne North. Since then she has served as Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and Shadow Attorney General. Most recently, Catherine was elected as chair of the Petitions Select Committee for the new Parliament. She completed an IPT Fellowship in 2018, focusing on skills and employment in the local economy.

Chris Matheson has been the MP for City of Chester since 2015 and has been Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office since 2018. He completed his IPT Fellowship in Aviation and Aerospace, with visits to businesses including NATS, Bombardier Belfast and Airbus UK.

Both Catherine and Chris will bring with them expertise and knowledge that is hugely important in supporting the IPT’s charitable objectives. Having previously completed Fellowships and attending our policy events, they are thoroughly familiar with our work in helping create a more educated, business-aware Parliament.

The IPT is a non-partisan organisation and we are committed to upholding this impartial status. Recruiting two Labour MPs to the Trustee Board reflects this, and ensures continued cross-party representation: four Labour (Baroness Prosser OBE, Catherine McKinnell MP, Chris Matheson MP and Ian Mearns MP), three Conservative (John Howell OBE MP, Kevin Hollinrake and Pauline Latham OBE MP), one SNP (Lisa Cameron MP), one Lib Dem (Baroness Scott of Needham Market) and one non-affiliated (Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE).

Catherine and Chris replace outgoing MPs and Trustees Angela Smith and Adrian Bailey. We’d like to thank them both for their service on the board and immense support for the Trust during their time in Parliament.