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. 'Aid workers should never be targets' - Priti Patel

    • Press release
  2. New emergency UK aid for Sierra Leone landslide victims

    • Press release
  3. UK offering assistance to those affected by Sierra Leone mudslides

    • Press release
  4. UK renews push to tackle world’s worst cholera outbreak in Yemen

    • Press release
  5. Scotland’s HALO Trust is leading mines clearance and supporting the local economy

    • Press release
  6. UK leads final push to make polio history

    • Press release
  7. Priti Patel: taxpayers’ money is making the difference between life and death in East Africa but Britain cannot act alone

    • News story
  8. Priti Patel thanks Search and Rescue Team ahead of World Humanitarian Day

    • Press release
  9. International Development Secretary visits Catterick Garrison

    • News story
  10. Priti Patel statement on the liberation of Mosul

    • News story