He is a former UK Secretary of State for Health; Leader of the House of Commons; and Lord Privy Seal.
He has extensive experience of managing reputational issues by communicating through the media; a wide knowledge of how the media works; and a large network of media contacts at the most senior levels.
He is also accustomed to giving evidence to select committees and other similar bodies, where ‘mastery of the brief’ is a vital skill.
- 2012 – 14: Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal. Led planning and implementation of the Government’s Legislative Programme.
- 2010 – 12: Secretary of State for Health Responsible for £105bn budget and 1.34 million staff. Created and delivered the Health and Social Care Act 2012. 2003 – 10: Shadow Secretary of State for Health.
- 2001 – 2003: Membership of the Puttnam Commission scrutinising the draft Communications Bill.
- 1999 – 2001: Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office: General Election campaign management.
- 1997 to 2015: Member of Parliament for South Cambridgeshire
- 1995 – 97: Director, Public Policy Unit Key achievements included securing changes to the Broadcasting Act for the Newspaper Society relating to newspaper acquisitions of local radio stations;
- 1990 – 95: Director, Conservative Research Department Appointed by Margaret Thatcher and re-appointed by John Major, Led a team of young researchers, including David Cameron, who supplied the Conservative Party with policy and research-based material for use in promoting Government policies. Achievements included supervising the 1992 General Election campaign.
- 1987 – 90: Deputy Director-General, British Chambers of Commerce
- 1987: Principal, Department for Trade and Industry
- 1985 – 87: Principal Private Secretary, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
- 1984 – 85: Private Secretary, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
- Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1995), Privy Counsellor (2010)