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Andrey Prikazchikov

We are honoured to announce that Graham Stuart MP has accepted our invitation to be an Honorary Vice-President of COBIS.

Graham Stuart was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness in 2005 having previously been a councillor on Cambridge City Council between 1998 and 2004, becoming the leader of the Conservative Group on the council. After being elected to Parliament, Graham served as a member of the Conservative Party Board before becoming the Chair of the Education Select Committee from 2010 until 2015.

Graham was appointed as a Government Whip in Theresa May’s first Government until January 2018, when he became Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade under both Theresa May and Boris Johnson. Graham returned to the backbenches in September 2021.

Born in Carlisle, he attended Glenalmond College in Scotland and went on to study Philosophy and Law at the University of Cambridge. Starting a publishing business at the end of his first year, Graham turned his attention away from his degree to focus on this and subsequently founded ‘What’s On in Cambridge’.

Graham retains a keen interest in education from his stint as Select Committee Chair, and championed education as an export during his time as International Trade Minister.

Graham joins COBIS Honorary President Lord Knight of Weymouth and a distinguished group of Honorary Vice-Presidents of wide experience in education, government and educational technology, including Dr. Andreas Schleicher, Priya Lakhani OBE, Lord Lexden and Lord Adonis. We welcome him warmly and look forward to the wisdom, advice and support that he undoubtedly brings to our continued growth and success.

Honorary President of COBIS, Lord Jim Knight, says of the appointment:

“I am delighted that Graham has agreed to come on board with COBIS in this honorary role. Graham has been a consistent and important champion for education and British international trade, investment and export over many years and we look forward to working with him now as we support the great work British international schools do around the world.”