Biography - all about Greg
Graduation and early career
Greg graduated in History, Economic History & Politics from London University in 1987 and has over ten years experience of working in the City of London. In 1988 after working at the Centre for Policy Studies with David Willetts, Greg trained as smaller companies analyst and subsequently became a Corporate Finance Director of the Australian owned International Pacific Securities, specializing in cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
In 1997 Greg became an Associate Partner of the leading financial public relations firm, Brunswick Group Ltd. The following year he was appointed head of International Investor Relations for Sibneft, a major Russian oil company, where he helped lead the company’s drive to modernize in the post Soviet economy and open up to Western markets. He returned to Britain in May 2000, to continue as a director of Bartlett Scott Edgar, the recruitment advertising business, of which he helped lead a “management buy-in” in 1998. The company was sold to TMP Worldwide in 2001.
Member of Parliament for Bexhill and Battle
Greg was elected Conservative Member of Parliament for Bexhill and Battle in his native Sussex in June 2001. He supports many local groups and charities including being Patron of the High Weald AONB and the Bexhill Rowing Club, and Vice Patron of East Sussex Association for the Blind and the St Michaels Hospice Capital Appeal.
Minister of State at the Department for Energy and Climate Change
Greg served on the House of Commons Environmental Audit select committee between 2001 and 2005. He was appointed to the Opposition Front Bench as a Conservative whip in 2003, and resigned on July 2005 to help run David Cameron’s successful leadership campaign.
David Cameron appointed Greg as Shadow Environment Minister in December 2005. He accompanied David to the Arctic in March 2006, to highlight the dangers of global warming and has since been working closely on Climate Change and wider environmental policy. His policy paper “Power to the People”, advocating a radical increase in the use of decentralised energy, greatly informed the Conservative Party policy paper of the same name, published in November 2007. In 2008 he authored ‘Root to Branch, Education for a Greener Future’ published by the Education Commission.
Greg was closely involved on behalf of the Conservatives with the passage of the Climate Change Act, which passed through the House of Commons in 2008 and in October of the same year he was promoted to Shadow Climate Change Minister to shadow the newly created Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Greg was a key contributor to the Conservative Party’s ‘Low Carbon Economy’ green paper, launched in January 2009, and ‘Rebuilding Energy Security’, launched in March 2010.
After the General Election in May 2010, the Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Greg as Minister of State for Climate Change.
Following the Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle in September 2012, Greg remained Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change with an extended portfolio. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 2012. His responsibilities include, the Green Investment bank, the Green Deal, reform of Feed-in Tariffs for small scale electricity energy efficiency, Renewable Heat and International Climate negotiations.