Secretary of State for Education

The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP


Damian Hinds MP was appointed Secretary of State for Education on 8 January 2018. He was elected Conservative MP for East Hampshire in May 2010.


Damian attended St Ambrose Grammar School, Altrincham before completing a degree in politics, philosophy and economics.

Political career

Shortly after entering Parliament, Damian was elected to the Education Select Committee and served until October 2012. Previously he chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility. He previously served as Assistant Government Whip from July 2014 until March 2015, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from May 2015 until July 2016 and as Minister of State for the Department of Work and Pensions from July 2016 to January 2018.

Career outside politics

Damian spent 18 years working in the pubs, brewing and hotel industries, in Britain and abroad.

Personal life

Damian and his wife Jacqui have 3 young children.

Secretary of State for Education

The Secretary of State is responsible for the work of the Department for Education, including:

  • early years
  • children’s social care
  • teachers’ pay
  • the school curriculum
  • school improvement
  • academies and free schools
  • further education
  • higher education
  • apprenticeships and skills

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Employment

    • 2016 to 2018
  2. Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. Assistant Whip

    • 2014 to 2015


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  1. New Chair of the Social Mobility Commission recommended

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  2. Prime Minister and Education Secretary host teachers at Number 10

    • News story
  3. Education Secretary marks Mental Health Awareness Week in Hastings

    • News story
  4. Update on the future of DWP jobcentres

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  5. Drive to create more good school places for families

    • News story
  6. Secretary of State speech at the National Association of Headteachers conference

    • Speech
  7. Education Secretary to set out vision for "clearer" school system

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  8. Multi-million fund to boost children's early language skills

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  9. Funding boost for cross Commonwealth scholarship fund

    • Press release
  10. Education Secretary visits Nottingham

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