Ministerial role

Minister of State for Trade Policy


The Minister of State for Trade Policy has responsibility for the Trade Policy Group, which leads for the department on developing, coordinating and delivering a new trade policy.

DIT is focused on delivering the best international trading framework to support UK prosperity and open trade. This includes:

  • trading agreements and arrangements with other countries
  • UK engagement with the World Trade Organisation
  • ongoing EU trade business while the UK remains a member of the EU
  • trade remedies

Additionally, the minister leads on areas including:

  • deputy to the Secretary of State
  • bill minister
  • secondary legislation
  • economic diplomacy, Prosperity Fund, economic horizons markets and Official Development Assistance (ODA)

Current role holder: George Hollingbery

George Hollingbery was appointed as Minister of State for Trade Policy at the Department for International Trade on 21 June 2018. Previously he served as the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Private Secretary from July 2016 to June 2018. He served as a Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from May 2015 until July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Meon Valley in May 2010.


George was educated at Radley College, going onto to read human science from Lady Margaret’s Hall, Oxford. He gained an MBA from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


George served on the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art and Local Government Committee.

Career before politics

George spent his career investing and starting up businesses. In 2005 he started a property investment business.

Personal life

George is married and has 3 children.  

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP

    • 2017 to 2018
  2. Lord Price CVO

    • 2016 to 2017


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    • Press release
  2. Why British trade with Africa, Caribbean and Pacific nations can boom after Brexit

    • Speech
  3. Trade Policy Minister in Taiwan to champion stronger trade links

    • Press release
  4. US and UK ‘reaffirm shared ambition to boost trade relationship’

    • News story
  5. Call for Scottish people to have their say in trade consultations

    • Press release
  6. PM announces more than £300 million worth of deals with African nations

    • Press release
  7. Minister Hollingbery's speech in Nigeria: 29 August 2018

    • Speech
  8. PM announces ambition for UK to be largest G7 investor in Africa by 2022

    • News story
  9. Joint statement on UK, SACU and Mozambique EPA

    • News story
  10. UK-Southern African trade: boosting UK and African economies

    • Press release