Francis Maude

Chairman
Cogent Elliot Group

Francis Maude served as MP for 27 years, first in North Warwickshire and later for Horsham. In his early ministerial career, he served as Margaret Thatcher’s Minister for Europe and Hong Kong/China, Minister for Corporate Affairs, and Financial Secretary to the Treasury until he left Parliament in 1992.  He was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and a director of Asda. After re-election in 1997, he served as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Chairman of the Conservative Party.

The 2010 election saw Francis appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General.  In this role he led an efficiency, reform and transparency programme that saw Britain ranked top in the world for digital government, saved over five years more than £50 billion, and left Britain judged to be the most open government in the world.  He left the House of Commons at the 2015 election, and was nominated to the House of Lords.  He served as Trade Minister between 2015 and 2016.

Francis now has a business advising governments on efficiency, is Chairman of Cogent Elliot Group and has a portfolio of advisory board appointments.