Former Minister of State for Trade and Investment, United Kingdom
Francis Maude was an MP for 27 years in total, serving as Minister for Corporate Affairs, Minister for Europe and Financial Secretary to the Treasury. He was subsequently Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Chairman of the Conservative Party. Between 2010 and 2015, as Minister for the Cabinet Office in the Coalition Government, Francis led a programme that cut over £50 billion from the British Government’s running costs, and got the UK to the top of world rankings for digital and open government.
Francis left the House of Commons in 2015, and served for a year as Trade Minister. He now leads FMA Partners LLP, a business working with other governments on efficiency and public sector reform. Francis is also Senior Advisor at Covington and Burling, the Washington law firm, and advises several other businesses. He is Chairman of Cogent Elliott, a leading advertising agency.
As a Minister in Margaret Thatcher’s Government in the 1980s, Francis Maude had responsibility for the financial service sector, for negotiating the European Single Market and for the privatisation programme.