Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education

Helen Grant MP


Helen Grant was appointed in January 2021 as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Girls’ Education. Helen is also the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Nigeria.

Helen was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society from October 2013 to March 2015. She was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for the Courts and Victims and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities from September 2012 to October 2013.


Helen studied law at Hull University and practised as a family solicitor after qualifying in 1988. She set up Grants Solicitors in 1996, focusing specifically on the problems of family breakdown.


She served on the Justice Select Committee until 2011 and was appointed to the Conservative social justice policy group in 2006. She joined Iain Duncan Smith’s think tank the Centre for Social Justice, for which she has written extensively on family policy.

Personal life

Helen is married with 2 sons.

Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education

Special representatives use their expertise to develop a greater coherent effort in making sure that the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office can work closely and effectively with foreign powers.

The Special Envoy for Girls’ Education will help accelerate progress towards getting more girls in the world’s poorest countries into schools and benefitting from quality learning. Working closely with international partners, the Special Envoy will encourage greater global ambition, coordination, and investment on girls’ education.

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street