Browne Des

Browne Des

Vice Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative; Founder and a Current Member of the Top Level Group of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation; Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Directors of the European Leadership Network (former Secretary of State for Defense; Secretary of State for Scotland; Member of Parliament), Lord Browne of Ladyton (UK)

Lord Browne of Ladyton (Des Browne) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Kilmarnock and Loudoun from 1997 to 2010. As a back-bencher, he served on the Northern Ireland Affairs and Public Administration Select Committees. In 1998, he became the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Donald Dewar, Secretary of State for Scotland.

In 2000, he became PPS to Adam Ingram, Minister of State for Northern Ireland. Subsequently, he served on the first Joint Committee on Human Rights. In 2001, he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

In 2003, Browne was promoted to Minister of State for Work at the Department for Work & Pensions and in 2004, he was appointed Minister for Immigration & Citizenship in the Home Office. Re-elected in 2005, he joined the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and was appointed to the Privy Council.

In 2006, he was appointed Secretary of State for Defence and from 2007-2008 he combined this with the role of Scottish Secretary of State. In October 2008, he returned to the back-benches and was appointed Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Special Envoy to Sri Lanka. He also served on the first Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy.

From October 2009 until March, 2014, he was Convenor of the Top Level Group of Parliamentarians for Multi-Lateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation. He cofounded the European Leadership Network and has been the Chair of its Board of Trustees and Directors since its inception.

In 2014, NTI announced Browne’s new role as NTI’s Vice Chairman. In this role, he will help shape NTI’s strategic direction, including long-term planning and international outreach. He is at the same time Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NTI.

Lord Browne is a member of the Supervisory Board of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe.