Ministerial role

Minister of State for Trade and Investment

Responsibilities

The Minister of State for Trade and Investment will lead on high value export and investment campaigns in these sectors:

  • technology and smart cities,
  • infrastructure
  • energy
  • healthcare
  • life sciences

He will also be leading on:

  • cross-Whitehall alignment
  • the business forecasting function
  • UK Export Finance (UKEF)
  • policy direction on topics such as mergers and acquisitions
  • overseas direct investment

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP

Greg Hands was appointed as Minister of State in the Department for International Trade on 15 July 2016. He was elected the Conservative MP for Hammersmith and Fulham in 2005, and for Chelsea and Fulham in 2010.

Education

Greg was educated at a variety of state schools in the UK and the USA, but principally at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Amersham, before going on to study Modern History at Cambridge University, including time spent in the Modern Languages and Oriental Studies facultiesgraduating with first class honours.

Political career

Greg Hands has been a Government Minister since October, 2011. He served first as the Treasury Whip, 2011 - 2013, and then as Government Deputy Chief Whip and Treasurer of Her Majesty’s Household, 2013-15. Following the May 2015 General Election, Greg Hands attended Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury under the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

Greg served as a Local Councillor in Fulham, 1998 - 2006. He was elected Conservative MP for Hammersmith & Fulham in 2005, the MP for the redrawn Chelsea & Fulham constituency in 2010 and again in 2015.

Career outside politics

Greg spent 8 years working on trading floors in London and New York trading and marketing fixed income derivatives.

Personal life

Greg lives in his constituency, with his wife, daughter and son.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Lord Price CVO

    • 2016 to 2016
  2. The Rt Hon Lord Maude of Horsham

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. Lord Livingston

    • 2013 to 2015
  4. Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint

    • 2011 to 2013

Announcements

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  1. Ministerial portfolios confirmed at Department for International Trade

    • Press release
  2. Lord Price speech at Thomson Reuters in New York

    • Speech
  3. Landmark collaboration between government and banks to create the UK’s biggest export directory

    • Press release
  4. UK government announces financial support for record number of exporters in 2015-16

    • Press release
  5. Trade and Investment Minister works towards deeper trading relationship with Hong Kong and China

    • Press release
  6. Chinese investors seek to power second Elizabethan Golden Age

    • Speech
  7. Business Secretary to launch preliminary trade talks with India

    • Press release
  8. A second Elizabethan golden age of trade and investment

    • Speech
  9. Business Secretary calls on industry to help shape UK’s future trade map

    • Press release
  10. The Lord Price's speech at the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange

    • Speech