Dr Lee Elliot Major is listed as a guest speaker for one of our discussions but he does not work at Cumberland Lodge. We cannot share his contact details and it is not always possible for us to pass on contact enquiries to past speakers.

Lee Elliot Major is Britain’s first Professor of Social Mobility, based at the University of Exeter.

His Penguin book Social Mobility and Its Enemies has attracted attention across the world. His Bloomsbury book What Works? offers best bets to teachers for improving outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. His book What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Social Mobility? is published by Sage. His latest book The Good Parent Educator summarises education research for parents.

Lee was formerly Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust and a founding trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation. In 2021, he was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is an Associate of LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, an Associate Member of Nuffield College, University of Oxford, a Visiting Fellow at the LSE’s International Inequalities Institute, and an Honorary Professor at the UCL Institute of Education. He is a member of ESRC's Strategic Advisory Network.

Lee regularly appears in national broadcast and print media, commenting on education and social mobility issues. He has served on several Government advisory bodies and presented several times to the House of Commons Education Select Committee. 

He has a PhD in theoretical physics and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield for services to education.  He was an education journalist working for the Guardian and the Times Higher Education Supplement. He serves as a trustee of the Ted Wragg Trust, a Governor at William Ellis School, and sits on the Liveable Exeter Place Board. He is the first in his family to attend university. Lee was awarded an OBE in 2019.