Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government


The minister is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the department.

Current role holder

The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP

Robert Jenrick was appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 24 July 2019.

Robert was Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from 9 January 2018 to 24 July 2019. He was elected Conservative MP for Newark in June 2014.

Robert is also Ministerial Champion for the Midlands Engine.


Robert studied History at St John’s College, Cambridge and was Thouron Fellow in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

Political career

Robert entered Parliament following a by-election in June 2014. He served on the Health Select Committee from July 2014 until he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Employment at the Department for Work and Pensions. He was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in May 2015 and from June 2017 served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary. From July 2017 until his appointment as Exchequer Secretary he was a member of the Board of the Conservative Party.

Career outside politics

Robert qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and practised corporate law at leading international law firms in London and Moscow before pursuing a business career. He held several senior financial roles at Christie’s, the art business, including International Managing Director prior to being elected to Parliament.

Personal life

Robert is married with 3 children.

More about this person

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP

    2018 to 2019

  2. The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP

    2018 to 2018


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