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.
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.
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
- £2.5 million to boost international exchanges for schools
- New Apprenticeship Campaign 'Fire It Up' launches
- New site to help schools save thousands on recruitment costs
- Funding announced to train 900 new children’s social workers
- Damian Hinds: Learning life-saving skills in school is crucial
- Activity ‘passport’ to inspire schoolchildren and boost resilience
- Schools challenged to go single-use plastic free by 2022
- Thousands more families to benefit from the Adoption Support Fund
- Government and top sports bodies to help children play more sport
- Letter from the Secretary of State to local authorities