Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP


The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP was appointed Foreign Secretary on 15 July 2014.


Philip was born in Epping, Essex in 1955 and attended school in Brentwood before studying politics, philosophy and economics at University College, Oxford.

Political career

He was previously Secretary of State for Transport from May 2010, when he was appointed as a Privy Counsellor. Prior to this, he held a number of shadow portfolios. He was elected to Parliament in 1997 and was appointed Secretary of State for Defence in 2011.

Career outside politics

Philip had a business career in small and medium-sized companies in manufacturing, consultancy, property and construction, and oil and gas, both in the UK and abroad.

Personal life

He is married with 3 children and lives in Send, Surrey.

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the work of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, with particular focus on policy strategy, honours, Whitehall liaison and cyber-security.

Previous roles in government

  1. Secretary of State for Defence

    • 2011 to 2014
  2. Secretary of State for Transport

    • 2010 to 2011


  1. Human rights internationally
  2. Afghanistan
  3. British nationals overseas
  4. Conflict in fragile states
  5. Cyber security
  6. European single market
  7. Falkland Islanders' right to self-determination
  8. Iran's nuclear programme
  9. Peace and stability in the Middle East and North Africa
  10. Stability in the Western Balkans


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  1. Foreign Secretary meets Ghanaian Foreign Minister

    • 21 May 2015
    • Press release
  2. Foreign Secretary: Video footage exposes Assad's lies on barrel bombs

    • 20 May 2015
    • News story
  3. Foreign Secretary condemns bomb attack in Kabul

    • 17 May 2015
    • Press release
  4. Foreign Secretary condemns terrorist attack in Kabul

    • 14 May 2015
    • Press release
  5. FCO Press Release: Foreign Secretary update on support to British nationals in Nepal

    • 29 April 2015
    • Press release
  6. Foreign Secretary confirms Embassy support to British nationals in Nepal

    • 26 April 2015
    • Press release
  7. Foreign Secretary Statement on Nepal earthquake

    • 25 April 2015
    • Press release
  8. Foreign Secretary statement on Mediterranean tragedy

    • 19 April 2015
    • Press release
  9. Foreign Secretary’s Easter message 2015

    • 3 April 2015
    • Press release
  10. Foreign Secretary welcomes agreement on key parameters for Iran nuclear deal

    • 2 April 2015
    • Press release