Ministerial role

Minister of State for Trade and Investment


The Minister of State will support the work of the Department for International Trade.

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.

Personal life

Mark is married and has 2 daughters.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Lord Maude of Horsham

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Lord Livingston

    • 2013 to 2015
  3. Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint

    • 2011 to 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Speech
  9. Trade Minister hails renewed relationship with Argentina with trade mission

    • Press release
  10. Change of Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York

    • News story