Jackie Ashley
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Jackie Ashley
Jackie Ashley
President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

October 2015 - 2018
Janet Todd OBE
Dame Madeleine Atkins
Personal details
Jacqueline Ashley

(1954-09-10) 10 September 1954 (age 66)
St Pancras, London, England
(m. 1987)
Children1 son and 2 daughters
FatherJack Ashley
EducationSt Anne's College, Oxford

Jacqueline Ashley (born 10 September 1954) is an English journalist and broadcaster.[1][2]

Early life

Ashley was born in St Pancras, London.[3] She is the daughter of Pauline Kay (née Crispin) and Jack Ashley, Baron Ashley of Stoke, a Labour MP and life peer.

She was educated at Rosebery Grammar School for Girls, a grammar school in Epsom, Surrey. She went on to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Anne's College, Oxford. She was a member of the Oxford University Broadcasting Society.


She has been a television news reporter and newspaper journalist, writing for the New Statesman and The Guardian. She specialises in the Labour Party, the media, politics, public services, trade unions and women's issues. She was broadly a supporter of Gordon Brown's government.

Having graduated from university, she spent two years, from 1979-81, as a trainee with the BBC. She was a producer and newsreader on Newsnight from 1981-84. Then, from 1984-86, she was a reporter on TV-am, and a producer and reporter on Channel 4. She moved to ITN in 1986, where she was a political correspondent. She then moved from television to journalism, and was political editor of the New Statesman from 2000 to 2002. Since 2002, she has been a columnist and political interviewer for The Guardian.

From October 2015 to October 2018, Ashley was President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.[4][5]

Personal life

Jackie Ashley married fellow journalist Andrew Marr in Surrey in August 1987; they live in Primrose Hill, North London. The couple have a son and two daughters.[6]


  1. ^ "Ashley, Jacqueline, (born 10 Sept. 1954), President, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, since 2015". Who's Who. 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.5839.
  2. ^ "Ms Jackie Ashley Authorised Biography". Debrett's. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "findmypast.co.uk". search.findmypast.co.uk. Archived from the original on 29 October 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ Weale, Sally (21 November 2014). "Journalist Jackie Ashley takes over as president of Lucy Cavendish College". The Guardian.
  5. ^ Women in tech is main focus of new Lucy Cavendish College president Jackie Ashley Archived 2015-10-27 at the Wayback Machine, Cambridge News, 21 October 2015
  6. ^ Vallely, Paul (14 May 2005). "Andrew Marr: relentless rise of Renaissance man". The Independent. Retrieved 2010.

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Preceded by
Janet Todd OBE
President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Dame Madeleine Atkins

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