The Minister of State for Trade Policy will be leading the Trade Policy Unit, which has a wide range of trade policy functions, including:
- strategy and communications
- free trade agreements
- the UK’s dealings with the World Trade Organisation.
Current role holder: Lord Price CVO
Lord Price was appointed Minister of State at the Department for International Trade on 16 July 2016. He was originally appointed to the same ministerial role at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on 4 April 2016.
He was educated at Crewe County Grammar School for Boys and graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in Archaeology and Ancient History.
Lord Price joined the John Lewis Partnership in 1982 as a graduate trainee. He held a number of posts before becoming Managing Director (MD) of Waitrose in April 2007. Prior to this, in 2005, he joined the Partnership Board taking on responsibility for new business development, strategy and IT as Development Director. In August 2013, alongside his Waitrose MD role, Lord Price was also made Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership.
Lord Price was Chairman of Business in the Community from 2011 to 2015 and has also held roles as Deputy Chairman of Channel 4, Chairman of The Prince’s Countryside Fund and as a Non-Executive Member of the Cabinet Office Board.
He was appointed a Commander of The Royal Victorian Order in the 2014 New Year’s Honours.
Mark is married and has 2 daughters.
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