Ministerial role

Secretary of State for International Development

Responsibilities

The Secretary of State leads the DFID ministerial team, sets the overall strategy and direction of the department.

  • Cabinet and Cabinet Committees
  • National Security Council
  • All major spending decisions and overall delivery and management of 0.7%
  • Africa strategy and overview
  • Asia
  • Humanitarian response and reform
  • Global Britain and European Union exit
  • ODA reform
  • UN reform
  • World Bank, IMF and other IFIs
  • Communications
  • Economic Development (including CDC, trade policy and private sector)
  • Modern Slavery

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP

Penny Mordaunt was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 9 November 2017. She was appointed Minister for Women and Equalities on 30 April 2018. She was Minister of State for Department for Work and Pensions from 15 July 2016 to 9 November 2017. She was elected Conservative MP for Portsmouth North in 2010.

Education

She was educated at Oaklands RC Comprehensive School and at Reading University where she read Philosophy.

Political career

Penny worked for Conservative Central Office, becoming Head of Broadcasting under William Hague. In 2000 she served as Head of Foreign Press for George W. Bush’s presidential election campaign.

In Parliament, Penny served on the European Scrutiny Committee, Defence Select Committee, and as chairman of the APPGs for Life Science and for Ageing and Older People. In autumn 2013 she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon. Philip Hammond MP. She served as Minister of State for the Armed Forces from May 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

Penny worked as an aid worker in post-revolutionary Romania before and during university. She was director of communications at Kensington & Chelsea Council and the Freight Transport Association and was a director of Diabetes UK, the Community Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. In 2004 Penny founded a media company, which she sold in 2010.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP

    • 2012 to 2016
  3. The Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell

    • 2010 to 2012

Announcements

Get updates to this list email feed

Copy and paste this URL in to your feed reader

  1. UK aid to protect endangered wildlife and create thousands of sustainable jobs.

    • Press release
  2. UK aid to connect UK schools with classrooms around the world

    • Press release
  3. UK aid will protect more than 820,000 people from threat of lethal landmines

    • Press release
  4. UK aid helps farmers across Africa grow their businesses and protect livestock

    • Press release
  5. New UK aid package will “stop dirty money in its tracks” and recover millions of pounds for developing countries

    • Press release
  6. Preferred candidate announced for new ICAI Chief Commissioner

    • Press release
  7. UK to support economic growth in Africa by offering City of London expertise

    • Press release
  8. UK launches ambition to generate billions more investment in Africa to trigger transformational growth

    • Press release
  9. UK calls on the international community to prioritise long-term support for the Rohingya people on the anniversary of the crisis

    • Press release
  10. UK’s commitment to back Britain’s world class aid organisations in the event of a “no deal”

    • Press release