Greg Hands is the minister charged with driving UK Trade policy as it has taken on a new dynamic post-Brexit and as the UK seeks to negotiate a series of high profile bilateral trade deals. With the government’s stated aim being to “embrace our future as an outward-looking nation” they have recommitted to the rules-based international order and spoken about the need to reduce tariffs and improve access for UK goods and services to new and established markets. Trade negotiations with the EU, US and many others are ongoing while the government is also seeking to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership for trade (CPTPP). There has never been a more interesting time to discuss the UK’s approach to trade.
As well as leading on trade policy Greg also supports the Secretary of State with securing new free trade agreements with the US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan as well as engagement with the World Trade Organization (WTO). Greg also focuses on the UK’s tariff policy trade relating to the devolved administrations as well as Official Development Assistance (ODA).
Greg has been a government minister for almost a decade currently serving as Minister of State for Trade Policy. He previously served as Deputy Chief Whip, Chief Secretary to the Treasury under the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. Greg represents Chelsea and Fulham in Parliament.
Before entering politics Greg spent eight years working on trading floors in London and New York trading and marketing fixed income derivatives.