Francis Maude was appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General in May 2010. He is the Conservative MP for Horsham, west Sussex.
Francis studied at the University of Cambridge and The College of Law, specialising in criminal law.
He has held several government posts, including Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1989 to 1990 and Financial Secretary to the Treasury from 1990 to 1992.
While in opposition, he was Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2005 to 2007 and, among other roles, Shadow Foreign Secretary from 2000 to 2001 and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office from 2007 to 2010.
After a career at the criminal bar between 1977 and 1985, he served as a councillor for the City of Westminster for 6 years. His other jobs outside politics have included being a non-executive director of ASDA Group, director at Salomon Brothers, and managing director of Morgan Stanley.
Francis is married with 5 children.
The Minister for the Cabinet Office has overall responsibility for the policy and work of the department. Responsibilities include:
under the responsibility of The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP as Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General
by The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP