Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans

The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP


Tobias Ellwood was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence on 14 June 2017. Tobias served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from July 2014 to June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for Bournemouth East in May 2005.


Tobias was educated in Bonn and Vienna when his parents were overseas as members of the United Nations. He returned to attend Loughborough University and subsequently completed an MBA at City University Business School. He also completed the senior executive course in National and International Studies at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Career outside politics

Tobias was in the Royal Green Jackets from 1991 to 1996, and served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Kuwait, Germany, Gibraltar and Bosnia. He left the Army at the rank of Captain and is a current Army Reservist. Tobias was a senior business development manager with the London Stock Exchange for two years, and then with Allen and Overy in a senior role.


Tobias is married to Hannah, and he has two young sons. He is a keen sportsman, a qualified pilot and an Eagle Scout.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans

The minister is responsible for defence people and veterans

  • civilian and service personnel policy
  • veterans policy including resettlement, transition, charities and Veterans Board
  • Armed Forces People Programme
  • mental Health
  • DIO better defence estate
  • armed forces pay, pensions and compensation
  • Armed Forces Covenant
  • service justice
  • welfare and service families
  • youth and cadets
  • security and safety including vetting (non-operations)
  • inquiries and inquests (operations and non-operations)
  • environment and sustainability
  • equality, diversity and inclusion

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Minister for the Middle East and Africa)

    • 2014 to 2017


  1. Defence Ministers re-affirm Scotland’s central role in UK defence
  2. Ministry of Defence teams up with innovative start-up to train next generation of cyber veterans
  3. 50 employers awarded gold for supporting the armed forces
  4. MOD to review Armed Forces exemption from UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  5. Defence Minister outlines progress on building a Better Defence Estate
  6. Military personnel in Scotland protected from tax hikes
  7. MOD launches first ever Defence Domestic Abuse Strategy
  8. The Veterans’ Gateway records over 10,000 enquiries as it celebrates its first year in service
  9. Britain leads first ever European conference on veterans mental health
  10. Veterans to retain military ID, allowing easier access to services