Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

The Rt Hon Francis Maude

Biography

Francis Maude was appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General in May 2010. He was elected the Conservative MP for Horsham, West Sussex in 1997.

Education

Francis studied at the University of Cambridge and The College of Law, specialising in criminal law.

Political career

He has held several government posts, including Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1989 to 1990 and Financial Secretary to the Treasury from 1990 to 1992.

While in opposition, he was Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2005 to 2007. Among other roles, he was Shadow Foreign Secretary from 2000 to 2001 and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office from 2007 to 2010.

Career outside politics

After a career at the criminal bar between 1977 and 1985, he served as a councillor for the City of Westminster for 6 years. His other jobs outside politics have included being a non-executive director of ASDA Group, director at Salomon Brothers and managing director of Morgan Stanley.

Personal life

Francis is married with 5 children.

Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

The Minister for the Cabinet Office has overall responsibility for the policy and work of the department. Responsibilities include:

  • public sector efficiency and reform
  • civil service issues
  • industrial relations strategy in the public sector
  • government transparency
  • civil contingencies
  • civil society
  • cyber security
  • UK statistics

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  1. Government on track to exceed £20 billion of savings and reductions for taxpayers for 2014 to 2015

    • 30 March 2015
    • Press release
  2. Open Data Champions event: Francis Maude speech

    • 27 March 2015
    • Speech
  3. Further progress made on open standards

    • 27 March 2015
    • News story
  4. New members appointed to Big Lottery Fund UK Board as chair is re-appointed

    • 27 March 2015
    • Press release
  5. Government announces refreshed Talent Action Plan

    • 26 March 2015
    • Press release
  6. Civil service 'Digital Friends' to help get the UK online

    • 25 March 2015
    • News story
  7. Five new providers join flagship identity verification service

    • 25 March 2015
    • Press release
  8. Local authorities setting standards as Open Data Champions

    • 24 March 2015
    • News story
  9. Cyber First: improving cyber skills in the UK

    • 24 March 2015
    • Press release
  10. Israeli and UK academics to combat global cyber security threats

    • 24 March 2015
    • Press release