Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP


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


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 and, among other roles, 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


by The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP

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  1. Francis Maude welcomes France to the Open Government Partnership

    • 24 April 2014
    • Speech
  2. Markets for government services: G4S

    • 9 April 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  3. Whitehall starts using simpler security classifications

    • 2 April 2014
    • News story
  4. New round of government funding to unlock public data

    • 1 April 2014
    • News story
  5. Ministerial pensions: further increase in contributions

    • 1 April 2014
    • News story
  6. Cyber security: City Week 2014

    • 31 March 2014
    • Speech
  7. UK launches first national CERT

    • 31 March 2014
    • Press release
  8. Francis Maude on the launch of CERT-UK

    • 31 March 2014
    • Speech
  9. Historic government building gets new future

    • 26 March 2014
    • News story
  10. Francis Maude Oakeshott Memorial Lecture 2014

    • 25 March 2014
    • Speech

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