Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Transport

Organisations: Department for Transport
Current role holder: The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP


The Secretary of State has responsibility for:

  • overall responsibility for the policies of the Department for Transport
  • cabinet responsibility for the Northern Powerhouse
  • oversight of departmental COVID-19 responsibilities

Current role holder

The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

The Rt Hon Grant Shapps was appointed Secretary of State for Transport on 24 July 2019. He was Minister of State at Department for International Development from 11 May 2015 until 28 November 2015. He was elected the Conservative MP for Welwyn Hatfield in 2005.

Political career

Grant was appointed Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party in 2005, before being made Shadow Housing Minister in June 2007. Following the 2010 election, he served as Minister of State for Housing and Local Government in the Department for Communities and Local Government. Grant was appointed to the Privy Council in June 2010. In September 2012 he was appointed as co-chairman to the Conservative Party. At the same time he held the position of Minister without Portfolio at the Cabinet Office.

Career outside politics

In 1990, Grant founded PrintHouse Corporation, a design, print, website creation and marketing business in London.


Grant studied at Cassio College, Watford before graduating from Manchester Polytechnic with a business and finance diploma.

Personal life

Grant is married with 3 children.

More about this person

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

    2016 to 2019

  2. The Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin

    2012 to 2016

  3. The Rt Hon Justine Greening

    2011 to 2012

  4. The Rt Hon Philip Hammond

    2010 to 2011