Ministerial role

Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade


The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the business of the department.

The Secretary of State is the Departmental lead on trade and investment promotion in the defence and security sector.

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP

Liam Fox was appointed Secretary of State for International Trade on 13 July 2016. He was elected as the Conservative MP for North Somerset in 1992.

Liam attended school at St Bride’s High School before studying medicine at the University of Glasgow Medical School, graduating with MB ChB degrees in 1983.

Political career

Liam held several ministerial roles in John Major’s Conservative government. He served as Constitutional Affairs Spokesman (1998-1999), Shadow Health Secretary (1999-2003), Conservative Party chairman (2003-05), Shadow Foreign Secretary (2005) and Shadow Defence Secretary (2005-10). In 2010, he was appointed Secretary of State for Defence, a position from which he resigned on 14 October 2011.

Career outside politics

Liam worked as a GP before his election to Parliament and is a former Civilian Army Medical Officer and Divisional Surgeon with St John Ambulance.


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  1. Liam Fox highlights success of British manufacturing

    • Speech
  2. Strong UK-China collaborations in healthcare

    • News story
  3. Prime Minister and Dr Liam Fox’s China visit boosts trade and jobs

    • Press release
  4. New HM Trade Commissioners to lead UK trade and investment overseas

    • News story
  5. International Trade Secretary appoints new ‘HM Trade Commissioner’ for China

    • News story
  6. PM and Mr May to visit China

    • Press release
  7. Dr Liam Fox addresses the UK-India JETCO

    • Speech
  8. International Trade Secretary travels to Turkey to promote trade ties

    • Press release
  9. Dr Liam Fox holds UK-India talks as UKEF boosts trade finance support

    • Press release
  10. Dr Liam Fox speaks at the Trade Bill second reading

    • Statement to Parliament