Minister of State for Trade Policy

Lord Price CVO


Lord Price was appointed Minister of State at the Department for International Trade on 16 July 2016. He was originally appointed to the same ministerial role at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on 4 April 2016.


He was educated at Crewe County Grammar School for Boys and graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in Archaeology and Ancient History.


Lord Price joined the John Lewis Partnership in 1982 as a graduate trainee. He held a number of posts before becoming Managing Director (MD) of Waitrose in April 2007. Prior to this, in 2005, he joined the Partnership Board taking on responsibility for new business development, strategy and IT as Development Director. In August 2013, alongside his Waitrose MD role, Lord Price was also made Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership.

Lord Price was Chairman of Business in the Community from 2011 to 2015 and has also held roles as Deputy Chairman of Channel 4, Chairman of The Prince’s Countryside Fund and as a Non-Executive Member of the Cabinet Office Board.

He was appointed a Commander of The Royal Victorian Order in the 2014 New Year’s Honours.

Personal life

Mark is married and has 2 daughters.

Minister of State for Trade Policy

The Minister of State for Trade Policy will be leading the Trade Policy Unit, which has a wide range of trade policy functions, including:

  • strategy and communications
  • organisation
  • operations
  • free trade agreements
  • the UK’s dealings with the World Trade Organisation.

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Trade and Investment

    • 2016 to 2016
  2. Non-executive board member

    • 2015 to 2016


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  1. UK and Israel set to hold first trade policy working group

    • Press release
  2. UK and New Zealand reaffirm commitment to global trade liberalisation

    • News story
  3. Liam Fox looks forward to ‘strengthening foundations’ at first ever Commonwealth trade ministers’ meeting

    • Press release
  4. Robin Walker: 'Gibraltar has particular interests'

    • News story
  5. PM meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: 6 February 2017

    • News story
  6. Lord Price speech at the Australian-British Chamber of Commerce

    • Speech
  7. Joint statement by the Minister of State for Trade Policy and Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

    • News story
  8. UK and Norway announce new trade dialogue

    • News story
  9. Lord Price's speech to the Hungarian Business Leaders' Forum

    • Speech
  10. Establishment of Australia-UK trade working group

    • News story