Francis Maude

"Francis Maude has three decades of high-level international experience in business and government. Between his two periods of political and public service, Francis Maude was Global Head of Privatisation at Morgan Stanley. 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. After re-election in 1997, he served as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Chairman of the Conservative Party.

Success in the 2010 election saw Francis appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General. Under his leadership, the British Government became world leader for digital government, creating the Government Digital Service (GDS) now replicated by governments across the globe. He drove the government's cost-cutting programme, structural and cultural reforms to the Civil Service and reformed the commercial function of government, renegotiating contracts and cutting costs. This programme delivered over ?50 billion of savings.

Francis led the British Government's programme on open data and transparency. Under Francis' leadership, the UK Government was ranked top in the world for open government by international organisations: the World Wide Web Foundation and the Open Knowledge Foundation among others. This was the result of an intensive programme to release government datasets, which served to promote accountability, provide information for citizens to control and choose public services, and create a new raw material for social and commercial enterprises.

Francis spoke alongside seven Heads of State at the launch of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in 2011, when Britain was a founder member along with Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines, the US, South Africa and Norway. The OGP now includes over seventy governments, partnering with civil society organisations. Francis hosted the 2013 OGP London Summit, widely praised for making the global open government movement irreversible. He travelled widely promoting the benefits of transparency for developing countries in the fight against corruption, and supported several governments to make the progress needed to gain OGP membership.

Francis also led the Government's programmes on cyber security, and social investment, and created a "modern privatisation" programme, spinning out over 100 public services into staff-led private and social enterprises. He was also responsible for the creation of the world's first social investment bank, Big Society Capital. Most recently, as Trade Minister, he led international trade negotiations and initiated substantial reform of Britain's export promotion agency."