Ministerial role

Minister for Investment

Responsibilities

The Minister for Investment leads on investment promotion across all sectors. This includes:

  • outward direct investment
  • foreign direct investment
  • delivery of trade and investment promotion through overseas partners
  • policy direction on topics such as mergers and acquisitions
  • the Export Control Organisation (ECO)
  • business planning and forecasting

DIT ministerial lead for the following sectors:

  • financial services
  • advanced manufacturing and aerospace
  • automotive
  • bio-economy
  • consumer, creative and education

Current role holder: Mark Garnier MP

Mark Garnier was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade on 17 July 2016. He was elected as the Conservative MP for Wyre Forest in May 2010.

Career outside politics

Mark was educated at Charterhouse School, Surrey. In 1982 he began a 17 year career in the City of London, initially working on the floor of the London Stock Exchange before specialising in Far Eastern and other global emerging market investment banking. In 1999, Mark switched to boutique investment fund management, running small specialist funds, until he was elected in 2010. He also spent a spell as a small business advisor. He has served on the Court of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness makers of London for a number of years.

Political career

Mark was a district councillor of the Forest of Dean District Council from 2003 to 2007 and was elected as the Conservative MP for Wyre Forest in May 2010. He served on the Treasury Select Committee (2010 – 2016) and the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards (2012 – 2014). Mark also served as chairman on a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups and was previously the Prime Minister’s trade envoy to Burma, Brunei and Thailand.

Personal life

Mark is married to Caroline, and they have three children and live in Worcestershire.

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  1. New £1.3 billion property portfolio to drive investment in Northern Ireland

    • Press release
  2. Department for International Trade announces new initiatives to support UK education exports

    • Press release
  3. UK to start new ‘trade dialogue’ with Colombia, Ecuador and Peru

    • News story
  4. Demand for UK education expertise is growing worldwide

    • Speech
  5. Exporting in Style: UK fashion exports top £10.7 billion

    • Press release
  6. Greg Hands to take over responsibility for trade policy as Lord Price pursues business and writing interests

    • Press release
  7. Bid to boost bilateral trade in Malaysia and South Korea

    • News story
  8. Chancellor in Brazil and Argentina to boost economic and trade ties

    • News story
  9. Starting local, going global

    • Speech
  10. Best of British exports: Downton Abbey world tour showcases TV success

    • Press release