Minister of State for Trade and Investment

The Rt Hon Lord Maude of Horsham


Francis Maude was appointed Minister of State for Trade and Investment on 11 May 2015. Francis was previously Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General from May 2010 to May 2015.


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

Political career

Francis was the Conservative MP for Horsham, West Sussex, from 1997 to 2015. He has held several government posts, including Financial Secretary to the Treasury from 1990 to 1992 and Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1989 to 1990.

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

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.

Minister of State for Trade and Investment

The minister is responsible for trade and investment. This role is shared between the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Responsibilities include:

  • trade policy
  • trade promotion and inward investment
  • UK Trade and Investment
  • UK Export Finance
  • Export Taskforce (chaired by the Secretary of State)

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

    • 2010 to 2015


  1. Exports and inward investment


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