Prime Minister’s Anti-Corruption Champion and Minister of State for Northern Ireland

John Penrose MP


John Penrose was appointed to be a Minister of State in the Northern Ireland Office on 16 November 2018.

He was appointed the Prime Minister’s Anti-Corruption Champion in December 2017. John was first elected as MP for Weston, Worle and the Villages in 2005.


John attended Ipswich School before studying law at Cambridge University. He also received an MBA at Columbia University, New York.

Career outside politics

Before entering Parliament, John had an extensive business career, which included roles at:

  • J P Morgan (risk management on a bank trading floor)
  • McKinsey (strategic management consultancy)
  • Thompson (academic book publishing)
  • Pearson PLC (Managing Director of Longman’s schoolbook publishing operations)

John also helped found Credit Market Analysis (publishing credit data for financial firms).

Personal life

John is married with 2 children. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and beekeeping.

Prime Minister’s Anti-Corruption Champion

The Prime Minister’s Anti-Corruption Champion is responsible for:

  • challenging and coordinating the UK response to corruption and the implementation of the first UK anti-corruption strategy
  • leading the UK’s push to strengthen the international response to corruption and to represent the UK at relevant international fora
  • engaging with external stakeholders, including business, civil society organisations, parliamentarians and foreign delegations in the development of government anti-corruption policy

Minister of State for Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Office is responsible for overseeing the Northern Ireland devolution settlement and representing Northern Ireland interests at UK government level and UK government interests in Northern Ireland.

The Minister of State reports to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Responsibilities are:

  • EU Exit

  • Security-related issues and casework

  • Legacy stakeholder management

  • Parliamentary liaison with Northern Ireland MPs the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, and other interested parliamentarians

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for Constitutional Reform)

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury

    • 2014 to 2016
  3. Assistant Whip

    • 2013 to 2014
  4. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heitage and Tourism

    • 2010 to 2012


  1. Regius Professorships awarded to leading universities to mark Queen’s 90th birthday
  2. EU Referendum: Counting Officers' Regulations
  3. Electoral law
  4. EU Referendum Bill receives Royal Assent
  5. Young, gifted and democratic: getting young people involved in democratic processes
  6. John Penrose attends voter registration workshop in Parliament Week 2015
  7. John Penrose: Championing the changemakers
  8. The Queen to award prestigious Regius Professorships to 12 universities
  9. Vision for electoral registration: speech by John Penrose
  10. International Democracy Day sparks search for the UK’s most democratic schools