Matt Hancock has replaced Jeremy Hunt as the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, after the latter was moved to the foreign office as a result of Boris Johnson’s resignation.
Before his election as the MP for West Sussex in 2010, Hancock worked as an economist at the Bank of England and Chief of Staff for George Osbourne, then the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer.
He then went on to become Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise in 2013, and took the combined roles of Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Energy, and Portsmouth in 2014. In 2018, he was appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, during which he impressed civil servants by rapidly mastering his brief and charming key stakeholders.
Hancock has no previous background in the health sector, however he is likely to retain his personal enthusiasm for the development of new technologies in order to solve intractable problems. As Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, he took a keen interest in the expansion of superfast broadband and 5G mobile service.
Whilst he was widely ridiculed for launching a ‘Matt Hancock App’ so that constituents and the public could keep better track of his activities as a constituency MP and a minister, it represented a genuine belief in the ability of technology to dramatically change the way citizens, companies and stakeholders interact with each other.