Gordon Brown has been a keen supporter of the project since 2008 when he invited a group of Shakespeare North Trustees to Downing Street to discuss their vision.
In agreeing to become a patron he writes:
It is a privilege and honour to support Shakespeare North. I am particularly attracted to the project because it will combine culture -and our attempt to understand and inform about our literary roots-with economic regeneration in an area that deserves to be more confident about its future. You will change the lives of thousands of young people by giving them a chance to develop their talents.
In his current role as UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon works closely with key partners to help galvanise support for the UN’s Global Initiative on Education, Education First, which aims to achieve quality, relevance, and inclusive education for every child.
He served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010 and is widely credited with preventing a second Great Depression through his stewardship of the 2009 London G20 summit. He was one of the first leaders during the global crisis to initiate calls for global financial action, while introducing a range of rescue measures in the UK. Previously, he served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1997 to 2007, making him the longest-serving Chancellor in modern history. During ten years at the Treasury, Gordon masterminded many of Labour’s proudest achievements including the Minimum Wage, Sure Start, the Winter Fuel Allowance, the Child Trust Fund, the Child Tax Credit and paid paternity leave. His role in government continued to shape his views on the importance of education as a fundamental right of every child in the world and the key to unlocking better health, greater social stability, more rights and opportunities for women and a higher standard of living.