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Damian Hinds replaces Justine Greening as the new Secretary of State for Education

Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education

Damian Hinds has yesterday (8 Jan) been announced as England’s Secretary of State for Education in the Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle. The previous Secretary of Education, Justine Greening, is leaving the government after declining to take the role of Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

The role of Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has been accepted by Esther McVey.

Damian Hinds Biography

Damian Hinds was appointed Secretary of State for Education on 8 January 2018, before that he was appointed Minister of State for the Department of Work and Pensions on 15 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for East Hampshire in May 2010.


Damian attended St Ambrose Grammar School, Altrincham before completing a degree in politics, philosophy and economics.

Political career

Shortly after entering Parliament, Damian was elected to the Education Select Committee and served until October 2012. Previously he chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility. He previously served as Assistant Government Whip from July 2014 until March 2015 and as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from May 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

Damian spent 18 years working in the pubs, brewing and hotel industries, in Britain and abroad.

Personal life

Damian and his wife Jacqui have 3 young children.

Secretary of State for Education

The Secretary of State is responsible for the work of the Department for Education, including:

  • early years
  • adoption and child protection
  • teachers’ pay
  • the school curriculum
  • school improvement
  • the establishment of academies and free schools
  • further education
  • higher education
  • apprenticeships and skills

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