James O’Shaughnessy

Member of the UK House of Lords

About James

James O’Shaughnessy has been a Member of the House of Lords since 2015, most recently serving as Parliamentary Under Secretary for Health between 2016 and 2018 and a Government Whip (Lord in Waiting) between 2016 and 2017. As Minister James led efforts to improve innovation within the NHS and to grow the UK’s life science & healthtech industries. His responsibilities included the Life Science Industrial Strategy, delivering a new pricing scheme with the pharmaceutical industry, chairing the National Genomics Board, and the digital transformation of the NHS. James was also responsible for preparing the NHS and wider health and care sector for Brexit. James served as No.10 Director of Policy to Prime Minister David Cameron, for whom he worked for 4 years in Opposition and in Government.

Prior to health James was involved in education reform, where he is regarded as one of the originators of the Conservative Government’s free school programme.

James has written widely on policy issues from health to housing, education to civic renewal.