Jesse Norman was appointed by Theresa May as Minister for Industry and Energy at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in July 2016.
He won the seat of Hereford and South Herefordshire from the Liberal Democrats with a majority of 2,481 in 2010, increasing this in 2015 to 16,890. During the 2010-15 Parliament Jesse was a member of the Treasury Select Committee, and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Employee Ownership. In June 2015 he was elected Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee by fellow MPs, before assuming his current post.
Jesse graduated in classics at Oxford University, and has an MPhil and PhD in philosophy from University College London.
Among other things, he ran an educational project giving away medical and other textbooks in Eastern Europe from 1989-1991, before joining BZW/Barclays, working mainly on Eastern Europe and other emerging markets. He left BZW as a Director in 1997 in order to teach and do research in philosophy at UCL, and later at Birkbeck College. He joined the Conservative Research Department in 2004, and was Executive Director of Policy Exchange in 2005-6.
A lifelong volunteer, Jesse has personally raised more than half a million pounds for charity.
He has also been a school governor of an inner city comprehensive and was a Director of the Roundhouse arts and urban regeneration project, which has helped many thousands of disadvantaged young people. He was an Honorary Fellow of UCL (2005-10), and is now a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange, a director of the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts, and a Governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research.
He has been married to Kate since 1992, and they have three children.