Before joining the DETR Helen Liddell was minister for rducation at the Scottish Office, a post she held from 29 July 1998. She became a privy councillor on 27 October 1998.
She was economic decretary to the treasury from May 1997 with responsibility for the City including financial services, banking and building society regulation.
From 1995-1997 she was opposition spokeswoman on Scotland.
Helen Liddell was economics correspondent for BBC Scotland (1976-77); general secretary of the Scottish Labour Party (1977-88); director, corporate affairs Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail (1986) Ltd (1988-92) and, chief executive, Business Venture Programme (1993-94).