Commercial Secretary to the Treasury - Minister of State

Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG

Biography

Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG was appointed Commercial Secretary to the Treasury on 21 December 2016, and was previously Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Education

Lucy was convent educated and studied philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) at Somerville College Oxford. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries.

Political career

She joined the House of Lords as a Conservative Peer in October 2013 and served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister for Intellectual Property from July 2014 until July 2016. From May 2015 she was also Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Career outside politics

Lucy worked at Tesco Plc from 1997 to 2013 and was an executive director on the main Board from 2006.

She has also served on the boards of ITV, PwC and Metro AG and the China Britain Business Council and was Chairman of Dobbies Garden Centres Plc. She was also President of EuroCommerce, the EU trade association, between 2012 and 2014.

Until 1997 she was a senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office, the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

She was awarded her CMG for her time on the FCO Board and her DBE for services to industry and the voluntary sector.

Personal life

Lucy is married with 4 sons.

Commercial Secretary to the Treasury - Minister of State

The Commercial Secretary’s portfolio is being finalised and will be updated shortly.

The Commercial Secretary is responsible for:

  • UK productivity
  • City devolution, including Northern Powerhouse
  • infrastructure policy, including working with Infrastructure and Projects Authority and National Infrastructure Commission
  • corporate finance, including public corporations, public private partnerships, PFI, and sales of government assets
  • better regulation and competition policy
  • industrial strategy
  • working with the rest of government to promote the UK as a destination for foreign direct investment
  • housing and planning
  • The Royal Mint
  • Crown Estate and the Royal Household

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property

    • 2016 to 2016
  2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for BIS and DCMS and Minister for Intellectual Property

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister for Intellectual Property

    • 2014 to 2015

Announcements

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  1. Baroness Neville-Rolfe speech at SAIC event in London

    • Speech
  2. Baroness Neville-Rolfe's speech at Policy Exchange's Heat Summit

    • Speech
  3. UK and Brazil to continue IP cooperation

    • Press release
  4. Appointment of Steve Wilson as non-executive director of the Coal Authority

    • News story
  5. UK statement to the IAEA international conference on nuclear security

    • Speech
  6. Speech by Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property at the NIA industry conference.

    • Speech
  7. UK signals green light to Unified Patent Court Agreement

    • Press release
  8. Bedwas High School wins visit from Morph Animators

    • Press release
  9. Ysgol Gymraeg Pwll Coch wins visit from Wallace & Gromit Animators

    • Press release
  10. Female inventorship on the rise worldwide

    • Press release