Ministerial role

Secretary of State for International Development


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

  • National Security Council
  • Strategy
  • G7 and G20
  • World Bank, IMF and other IFIs (including Regional Development Banks)
  • Overall delivery and management of 0.7%
  • Communications
  • Reform: United Nations and multilateral
  • Economic Development (including CDC, Trade Policy and private sector)
  • Modern day slavery and child exploitation
  • Women and girls

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP

Priti Patel was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 14 July 2016. She was elected Conservative MP for Witham in May 2010.


Priti attended a comprehensive school in Watford before studying economics at Keele University. She completed her postgraduate studies at the University of Essex.

Political career

Priti served as Minister of State for Employment from May 2015 until July 2016. She was Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from July 2014 to May 2015.

Career outside politics

In November 2013, the Prime Minister appointed Priti as the first ever UK Indian Diaspora Champion. Before becoming an MP, she worked in consultancy and worked internationally.

Personal life

Priti is married and has a young son.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP

    • 2012 to 2016
  2. The Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell

    • 2010 to 2012


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  1. UK tackles deadly migration crisis in Central Mediterranean

    • News story
  2. Priti Patel: UK efforts save more lives in Somalia and Ethiopia

    • Press release
  3. DFID staff recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

    • News story
  4. Priti Patel reappointed as International Development Secretary

    • News story
  5. Conclusion of the London Somalia Conference

    • Press release
  6. A global development system for the 21st Century

    • Statement to Parliament
  7. UK to protect 200 million people from tropical diseases

    • Press release
  8. Priti Patel urges end to conflict and man-made famine in South Sudan

    • Press release
  9. UK to increase Syria medical aid in wake of chemical attack

    • Press release
  10. UK triples support for action against landmines on 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s iconic Angola visit

    • Press release