James Purnell


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James Purnell is President and Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London (UAL). Before joining UAL, he was Director of Radio and Education at the BBC, where he oversaw teams in various divisions, including BBC Radio and Music, BBC Children’s and Education, and BBC Arts. In 2001, Purnell was elected as a Member of Parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde, and later served as the Secretary of State for Culture and then for Work and Pensions.