John Shipley has been a member of the House of Lords since July 2010. He chaired the Select Committee on Youth Unemployment in 2021.
He was Leader of Newcastle City Council from May 2006 to September 2010, where he was a Liberal and Liberal Democrat councillor for 36 years until his retirement in May 2012. He was a board member of One North East (ONE) from December 2005 until June 2012. In the 2010-2015 parliament he was an adviser to the government on local growth and was deputy chair of the Regional Growth Fund Independent Advisory Panel. He speaks on matters related to levelling up, local government, regional development, employment and housing. He is a Vice-President of the Local Government Association.
John worked for over 30 years with The Open University and was Regional Director for the North and the European Union for 8 years until 2005. He was awarded the OBE for political and public service in 1995.