Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Rt Hon Philip Hammond

Biography

The Rt Hon Philip Hammond was appointed Foreign Secretary on 15 July 2014.

Education

Philip was born in Epping, Essex in 1955 and attended school in Brentwood before studying politics, philosophy and economics at University College, Oxford.

Political career

He was previously Secretary of State for Transport from May 2010, when he was appointed as a Privy Counsellor. Prior to this, he held a number of shadow portfolios. He was elected to Parliament in 1997 and was appointed Secretary of State for Defence in 2011.

Career outside politics

Philip had a business career in small and medium-sized companies in manufacturing, consultancy, property and construction, and oil and gas, both in the UK and abroad.

Personal life

He is married with 3 children and lives in Send, Surrey.

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the work of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, with particular focus on policy strategy, honours, Whitehall liaison and cyber-security.

Previous roles in government

  1. Secretary of State for Defence

    • 2011 to 2014
  2. Secretary of State for Transport

    • 2010 to 2011

Announcements

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  1. Foreign Secretary's Passover message

    • 1 April 2015
    • Press release
  2. Foreign Secretary congratulates Nigerians on election

    • 1 April 2015
    • Press release
  3. Joint UK and US statement on the Nigerian elections

    • 30 March 2015
    • Press release
  4. Foreign Secretary signs UK-Canada joint declaration

    • 27 March 2015
    • Press release
  5. UK to provide £5 million support to tackle Boko Haram

    • 27 March 2015
    • Press release
  6. Foreign Secretary speech at the Lord Mayor's Easter Banquet

    • 26 March 2015
    • Speech
  7. Foreign Secretary’s comments to the media about Germanwings flight

    • 25 March 2015
    • Press release
  8. Foreign Secretary: Likely that some British nationals were on board Germanwings flight

    • 24 March 2015
    • Press release
  9. Foreign Secretary visits Saudi Arabia

    • 23 March 2015
    • Press release
  10. Foreign Secretary appalled by reports of further chemical attacks in Syria

    • 23 March 2015
    • Press release