Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP
Secretary of State for International Development
Penny Mordaunt was appointed Secretary of State for International Development in 2017. She was appointed Minister for Women and Equalities in 2018. She was elected Conservative MP for Portsmouth North in 2010 and became Minister of State for Department for Work and Pensions in 2016. She served as Minister of State for the Armed Forces from May 2015 until July 2016. Prior to becoming an MP, she worked for Conservative Central Office, becoming Head of Broadcasting under William Hague. In 2000 she served as Head of Foreign Press for George W. Bush’s presidential election campaign. In Parliament, she served on the European Scrutiny Committee, Defence Select Committee, and as chairman of the APPGs for Life Science and for Ageing and Older People. In autumn 2013 she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon. Philip Hammond MP. Prior to her political career, she worked as an aid worker in post-revolutionary Romania before and during university. She was director of communications at Kensington & Chelsea Council and the Freight Transport Association and was a director of Diabetes UK, the Community Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. In 2004 Penny founded a media company, which she sold in 2010.