Chinyelu Susan “Chi” Onwurah is a British Labour Party politician, who was elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne Central. She has recently in January 2013, been asked by Ed Miliband to take up a new shadow ministerial role in labour’s Cabinet Office team moving from the great job she had done on the Shadow Business, Innovation and Skills team. Chi was born in Wallsend, grew up on Hillsview Avenue in Kenton and went to Kenton School before studying Electrical Engineering in London. She benefited from a comprehensive, inspirational and free education which she says she has always been grateful for.
In reading more about Chi, we find out that Newcastle’s great industrial past was her inspiration to becoming an engineer. She went to enjoy a very fulfilling career in engineering after she graduated from Imperial College. She worked in various countries, specialising in hardware and software development, product management amongst other projects. She went on and also studied for an MBA from Manchester Business School and gained Chartered Engineering status.
Ms Onwurah has always believed in the access of educational opportunity at every stage in life and for every level of ability. Chi is a strong believer in having a good start in a good school. She says ‘it is critical in determining a child’s experience of education and the opportunities that it can bring.’
She has always enjoyed what she did and wants every child in Newcastle to have that opportunity.