Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, UK
Phillip Hammond

Summary

The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP was appointed Foreign Secretary on 15 July 2014. He was previously Secretary of State for Transport from May 2010, when he was appointed as a Privy Counsellor. Prior to this, he held a number of shadow portfolios. He was elected to Parliament in 1997 and was appointed Secretary of State for Defence in 2011. Outside politics, he had a business career in small and medium-sized companies in manufacturing, consultancy, property and construction, and oil and gas, both in the UK and abroad. He studied politics, philosophy and economics at University College, Oxford.