Helen Whately

Helen Olivia Bicknell Whately[3] (née Lightwood;[4][5] born 23 June 1976) is a British Conservative Party politician who was appointed by Boris Johnson as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury on 16 September 2021 as part of the 2021 British cabinet reshuffle.[6] Previously she was Minister of State for Social Care at the Department of Health and Social Care, having been appointed to that post on 13 February 2020 in the 2020 British cabinet reshuffle. She has served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Faversham and Mid Kent since 2015. She also served as Deputy Chairwoman of the Conservative Party in 2019.

Helen Whately
Whately in 2019
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
Assumed office
16 September 2021
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byKemi Badenoch
Minister of State for Social Care
In office
13 February 2020  16 September 2021
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byCaroline Dinenage
Succeeded byGillian Keegan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism
In office
10 September 2019[1]  13 February 2020
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byRebecca Pow
Succeeded byNigel Huddleston
Deputy Chair of the Conservative Party
In office
17 April 2019  10 September 2019
LeaderTheresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded byJames Cleverly
Succeeded byPaul Scully
Member of Parliament
for Faversham and Mid Kent
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byHugh Robertson
Majority21,976 (43.6%)[2]
Personal details
Born
Helen Olivia Bicknell Lightwood

(1976-06-23) 23 June 1976 (age 45)
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
Marcus Whately
(m. 2005)
Children3
EducationWestminster School
Alma materLady Margaret Hall, Oxford
WebsiteOfficial website

She was born in Norwich. Her early education was at the independent Westminster School in London. After graduating from the University of Oxford, she worked as a management consultant trainee at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. From 2007 to 2015, she worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in their healthcare division. She was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism from 10 September 2019 until 13 February 2020.