Guy Opperman was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 14 June 2017.
He served as a Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from 17 July 2016 to 14 June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for Hexham in May 2010.
Guy was educated at Harrow School, he went on to read law at the University of Buckingham. He also gained a first class diploma from the University of Lille.
Guy previously served as Private Parliamentary Secretary to Mark Harper, the then Immigration Minister. He served as an Assistant Government Whip from May 2015 until July 2016.
Career before politics
Guy was called to the bar in 1989. He spent 20 years as a barrister and was also Director of his family’s engineering business until 2009.
Guy is an amateur jockey and rode his first win in 1985.
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Pensions and Financial Inclusion
The minister’s responsibilities include:
- pensioner benefits, including new State Pension, Winter Fuel Payments and Pension Credit
- private and occupational pensions, including regulatory powers and the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST)
- automatic enrolment into a workplace pension
- oversight of arms-length bodies, including the Pensions Regulator, Pension Protection Fund, Financial Assistance Scheme and Pensions Ombudsman
- financial guidance, including the Single Financial Guidance Body, Financial Inclusion Policy Forum and Post Office Card Accounts
The role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Pensions and Financial Inclusion replaced the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Pensions in June 2017.
Previous roles in government
- Departmental contingent liability notification: National Employment Savings Trust (NEST)
- Pensions cold-calling banned
- Help for millions of self-employed to save and plan for retirement
- Pensions Ombudsman reappointed
- Pensions dashboards to enable more informed retirement planning
- Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion gives keynote speech at the PLSA Conference 2018
- Appointment of 3 non-executive directors completes new Single Financial Guidance Body's board
- Karen Johnston reappointed as Deputy Pensions Ombudsman
- One million employers enrol staff into a workplace pension
- Pensions Dashboard Development Day