Matt Hancock
Matt Hancock

MP for West Suffolk, Minister for Skills & Enterprise

Matthew’s first job was with his family computer software business. Later, he worked for five years as an economist at the Bank of England and in 2005 moved to work for the then Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

He stepped down from his role with George Osborne in February 2010 after being selected as the Conservative candidate for West Suffolk for the 2010 general election. On winning the seat, Matthew was elected to the Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinises and questions the way that Government departments spend taxpayers’ money and the Committee on Standards and Privileges that adjudicates on MPs’ conduct.

In 2011, he co-authored ‘Masters of Nothing’ with fellow new MP Nadhim Zahawi. The book explores the human behaviour that caused the crash and the changes needed to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

In September 2012 Matthew was asked to become Minister for Skills, and stepped down from his Committee roles. As Skills Minister Matthew is responsible for Apprenticeships, sixth forms, and Further Education working across the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education. In October 2013 Matthew was asked to become the Minister for Skills and Enterprise, continuing his joint role driving up standards in skills and taking on responsibility for Enterprise.