Secretary of State for International Development

The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP

Biography

Penny Mordaunt was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 9 November 2017. She was Minister of State for Department for Work and Pensions from 15 July 2016 to 9 November 2017. She was elected Conservative MP for Portsmouth North in 2010.

Education

She was educated at Oaklands RC Comprehensive School and at Reading University where she read Philosophy.

Political career

Penny worked for Conservative Central Office, becoming Head of Broadcasting under William Hague. In 2000 she served as Head of Foreign Press for George W. Bush’s presidential election campaign.

In Parliament, Penny served on the European Scrutiny Committee, Defence Select Committee, and as chairman of the APPGs for Life Science and for Ageing and Older People. In autumn 2013 she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon. Philip Hammond MP. She served as Minister of State for the Armed Forces from May 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

Penny worked as an aid worker in post-revolutionary Romania before and during university. She was director of communications at Kensington & Chelsea Council and the Freight Transport Association and was a director of Diabetes UK, the Community Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. In 2004 Penny founded a media company, which she sold in 2010.

Secretary of State for International Development

The Secretary of State leads the DFID ministerial team, sets the overall strategy and direction of the department.

  • Cabinet and Cabinet Committees
  • National Security Council
  • All major spending decisions and overall delivery and management of 0.7%
  • Africa strategy and overview
  • Asia
  • Humanitarian response and reform
  • Global Britain and European Union exit
  • ODA reform
  • UN reform
  • World Bank, IMF and other IFIs
  • Communications
  • Economic Development (including CDC, trade policy and private sector)
  • Modern Slavery

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. Minister of State for the Armed Forces

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

    • 2014 to 2015

Announcements

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  1. Penny Mordaunt represents UK Prime Minister at Sahel Conference

    • News story
  2. Safeguarding in the aid sector

    • Statement to Parliament
  3. UK and US launch innovation fund for ideas to save millions of lives in conflict zones

    • News story
  4. Statement from the International Development Secretary on Oxfam

    • News story
  5. Letter from International Development Secretary to NGOs

    • News story
  6. Penny Mordaunt speech at the End Violence Solutions Summit

    • Speech
  7. Statement from International Development Secretary on Oxfam and UK action to tackle sexual exploitation in the aid sector

    • Press release
  8. A service to remember Becky Dykes

    • News story
  9. UK Emergency Medical Team heads home after bringing Bangladesh diphtheria outbreak under control

    • Press release
  10. Penny Mordaunt: The UK is tackling the ‘global learning crisis’ to empower the next generation

    • Press release