Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet and Paymaster General; Crown copyright

Francis Maude is Member of Parliament for Horsham, West Sussex.

He leads on:

  • Public Sector Efficiency and Reform
  • Office of Government Commerce
  • UK Statistics
  • Civil Service issues
  • Government transparency
  • Civil Contingencies
  • Cyber security
  • Overall responsibility for Cabinet Office policy and the Department


While in Opposition, Francis Maude was:

  • Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (June 2007–May 2010). 
  • Chairman of the Conservative Party (May 2005–June 2007)
  • Shadow Foreign Secretary (February 2000–September 2001)
  • Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (June 1998–February 2000)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (June 1997–June 1998).

As a member of the previous Conservative government, Francis Maude was:

  • Financial Secretary to HM Treasury (1990–1992)
  • Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1989–1990)
  • Minister for Corporate and Consumer Affairs at the Department of Trade and Industry (1987–1989)
  • Government whip (1985–1987) and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the then Minister for Employment, Peter Morrison.

He served as the MP for North Warwickshire (1983–1992) and was elected MP for Horsham in the 1997 General Election.

He has also been vice chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on AIDS and co-founded the Policy Exchange think tank in 2002.


Francis studied at the University of Cambridge and The College of Law, practicing criminal law. This led him to an initial career at the criminal bar (1977–1985), followed by six years as a councillor for the City of Westminster.


His other jobs outside politics include non-executive director of ASDA Group, director at Salomon Brothers, and managing director of Morgan Stanley & Co.

Francis has been married to Christina since 1984 and has five children. They live near Horsham.

Contact details

Email Francis Maude
Telephone: 020 7276 1234
Fax: 020 7276 0841

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