Ministerial role

Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for Civil Society)

Responsibilities

The Minister for Civil Society leads on the civil society agenda. The minister is responsible for:

  • the Big Society agenda
  • National Citizen Service and youth policy
  • social action
  • civil society sector support
  • social enterprise and social investment

The minister is also responsible for UK statistics, and supports the Minister for the Cabinet Office on public sector efficiency and reform.

Current role holder: Rob Wilson MP

Rob Wilson was appointed as Minister for Civil Society on 27 September 2014. He was elected the Conservative MP for Reading East in 2005.

Education

Born in south Oxfordshire, Rob attended Wallingford School and studied history at Reading University.

Political career

Before being elected MP for Reading East in 2005, Rob served as a local councillor in Reading. He was the Shadow Minister for Higher Education from 2007 to 2009, Opposition Whip 2009 to 2010 and has also served as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Career outside politics

Rob made his name as an entrepreneur, building small businesses. He played a leading role in securing a number of major investments in the Reading East area. He has also led 2 successful bids for new schools in the area, including the landmark new University Technical College.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Brooks Newmark

    • 2014 to 2014
  2. Nick Hurd

    • 2010 to 2014

Policies

  1. Young people
  2. Social action
  3. Social enterprise
  4. Social investment

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  9. The future of the UK social investment market: Rob Wilson speech

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