NEW ENERGY SECURITY AND NET ZERO SECRETARY APPOINTED

Claire Coutinho is the new Secretary for Energy Security and Net Zero, replacing Grant Shapps who has become Defence Secretary.


Published 6 months ago (31st Aug 2023 11:05)
by Gordon Walker

Claire Coutinho is the new Secretary for Energy Security and Net Zero, replacing Grant Shapps who has become Defence Secretary.

 

She moves from her job as parliamentary under-secretary of state with responsibility for childcare.

 

She is also a former minister for disabled people in the Department for Work and Pensions

 

A maths and philosophy graduate of Exeter College, Oxford University,

Ms Coutinho previously worked for investment bank Merrill Lynch, the Centre for Social Justice and the Housing and Finance Institute, a not-for-profit organisation which aimed to help improve house building. She was elected to Parliament as MP for East Surrey in December 2019.