Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Photo: UK Parliament/CC BY 3.0)

UK: Anne-Marie Trevelyan was appointed as Secretary of State for Transport in incoming Prime Minister Liz Truss’s cabinet on September 6.

Trevelyan commented ‘transport is crucial to our lives — bringing people together, creating jobs and connecting the UK with the world. Looking forward to getting to work on the many challenges and opportunities transport brings.’

A chartered accountant by trade, she was first elected as a Member of Parliament for the large and predominantly rural Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency at the 2015 general election.

She sat on the House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee from July 2015 to May 2017 and December 2018 to July 2019. 

She was Minister for Defence Procurement from July 2019 to December 2019, and Minister of State for the Armed Forces from December 2019 to February 2020.

Trevelyan was Secretary of State for International Development from February to September 2020 and Minister for Energy, Clean Growth & Climate Change at the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy from January 2021 to September 2021.

She was Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade from September 2021 to September 6 2022, and the UK International Champion on Adaptation & Resilience for the COP26 Presidency from November 2020.

She initially backed Tom Tugendhat in the Conservative Party leadership contest.

Trevelyan succeeds Grant Shapps, who tweeted ‘it has been a privilege to serve as Transport Secretary; a job I loved. Now I look forward to being a strong, independent voice on the backbenches, developing policies that will further the Conservative cause and the interests of my constituents in Welwyn Hatfield.’