Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State


The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State leads on trade and investment promotion in the following sectors:

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

Additionally, he leads on areas including:

  • the Export Control Organisation (ECO)
  • supporting more businesses to become exporters
  • UK regional delivery of trade and investment promotion activity
  • delivery of trade and investment promotion through overseas partners

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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