I grew up in North Somerset and was educated at my local school, Nailsea Comprehensive. In 1982 I went to Brasenose College, Oxford and left with a degree in Geography in 1985. I was the first person in my family to stay on at school beyond the age of 16 and as a result I am passionately committed to ensuring all children receive the best possible education that can be provided. At Oxford I was also awarded two rowing Blues.
After University I worked for Bank of America for three years and then went to Harvard Business School where I received a Masters in Business Administration in 1990. I then had a business career in the United States and Britain working for McKinsey and Company and Credit Suisse and I also started my own small company offering financial advice for women. I moved with my family to Wiltshire in 2000 when I stopped paid work to bring up our (then) small children but remained actively involved in fundraising for local schools, theatres and hospitals. In 2007 I began working for George Osborne until May 2010 when I was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Devizes Constituency with a majority of more than 13,000 and more than 55 per cent of the vote.
Since being first elected in 2010, I have been a member of the Justice Select Committee, represented Britain at the Council of Europe and been the Parliamentary Aide to the Secretary of State for Defence. I also led a Parliamentary Inquiry conducting a review of Online Child Protection, and in December 2012 I was made Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, David Cameron on Preventing the Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood. I became a Government Whip in 2013 and in July 2014 I was appointed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron to become Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Transport with responsibility for Railways and I served in this role until July 2016
I was delighted and proud to be re-elected in the June 2017 General Election as the MP for the Devizes Constituency with an increased majority of 21,136 and 62.7% of the vote. It is a huge privilege to represent this wonderful place in Westminster, and will continue to fight hard for the whole Community I represent, regardless of whether you voted for me. My Number One priority is to raise the quality of life for people living and working in the Devizes Constituency and to support the Brexit negotiations to achieve the best possible outcome for us all. Finally, I was called to No. 10 a few days after the Election to be offered a new Ministerial job by the Prime Minister as the Minister of State in the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department. I was delighted to accept!
I live with my three children in the beautiful heart of the Pewsey Vale and in my free time, I enjoy reading, walking and cycling with my family.