Minister of State for Trade and Investment

The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP


Greg Hands was appointed as Minister of State in the Department for International Trade on 15 July 2016. He was elected the Conservative MP for Hammersmith and Fulham in 2005, and for Chelsea and Fulham in 2010.


Greg was educated at a variety of state schools in the UK and the USA, but principally at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Amersham, before going on to study Modern History at Cambridge University, including time spent in the Modern Languages and Oriental Studies facultiesgraduating with first class honours.

Political career

Greg Hands has been a Government Minister since October, 2011. He served first as the Treasury Whip, 2011 - 2013, and then as Government Deputy Chief Whip and Treasurer of Her Majesty’s Household, 2013-15. Following the May 2015 General Election, Greg Hands attended Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury under the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

Greg served as a Local Councillor in Fulham, 1998 - 2006. He was elected Conservative MP for Hammersmith & Fulham in 2005, the MP for the redrawn Chelsea & Fulham constituency in 2010 and again in 2015.

Career outside politics

Greg spent 8 years working on trading floors in London and New York trading and marketing fixed income derivatives.

Personal life

Greg lives in his constituency, with his wife, daughter and son.

Minister of State for Trade and Investment

The Minister of State for Trade and Investment leads on trade and investment promotion in the following sectors:

  • technology and smart cities
  • infrastructure
  • energy
  • healthcare
  • life sciences

Additionally, he leads on areas including:

  • UK Export Finance (UKEF)
  • business planning and forecasting
  • outward direct investment
  • economic diplomacy and the Prosperity Fund
  • the GREAT Britain campaign
  • policy direction on topics such as mergers and acquisitions

Previous roles in government

  1. Chief Secretary to the Treasury

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Deputy Chief Whip, Treasurer of HM Household

    • 2013 to 2015
  3. Assistant Whip

    • 2011 to 2013


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