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. Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill introduced in Parliament

    • News story
  2. Dr Liam Fox attends digital trade seminar in Geneva

    • Press release
  3. U.S.-UK Trade and Investment Working Group Statement

    • News story
  4. New laws to set out UK and Wales trading future

    • Press release
  5. New legislation to prepare UK for future trade and customs policy

    • Press release
  6. Alun Cairns in future Welsh trade meeting with International Trade Secretary

    • Press release
  7. UK government ramps up support for SME trade

    • Press release
  8. International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox convenes a new Board of Trade to ensure the benefits of free trade are spread throughout the UK

    • Press release
  9. International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox committed to future UK trade and investment in ASEAN

    • Press release
  10. UK and EU set out proposals to WTO members for trade post-Brexit

    • Press release