Theodore Agnew, Baron Agnew of Oulton
Theodore Thomas More Agnew, Baron Agnew of Oulton, Conservative life peer and Minister of State at the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury. He also founded the Inspiration Trust, and is the Trust's former chairman.(born 17 January 1961) is a British businessman,
The Lord Agnew of Oulton
|Minister of State for Efficiency and Transformation|
|Assumed office |
14 February 2020
|Prime Minister||Boris Johnson|
|Preceded by||David Laws|
The Baroness Neville-Rolfe
(Treasury Commercial Secretary)
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for School System|
28 September 2017 – 14 February 2020
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Preceded by||The Lord Nash|
|Succeeded by||The Baroness Berridge|
|Member of the House of Lords|
|Assumed office |
23 October 2017
|Born||17 January 1961|
He was born in Norfolk, brought up in Oulton near Aylsham and educated at Beeston Hall School and Rugby School. After school, he worked in Canada and Australia, initially in farming but later buying and selling a variety of businesses.
After working in Australia, he returned to the UK, founded Town & Country Assistance in 1989, and grew the business to annual gross revenues of £40 million. Selling it to Warburg Pincus in 2002, he became co-founder of WNS Global Services. He resigned as a non-executive director of Jubilee Managing Agency Ltd in 2011, a Lloyd's insurance business managing £130 million of premiums.
He has a financial interest in the artificial intelligence company Faculty.
Agnew is the founder and chairman of the Inspiration Trust, a multi-academy trust that runs fourteen schools in East Anglia. The Trust was founded as the East Norfolk Academy Trust on 14 August 2012, changing its name to the Inspiration Trust on 27 January 2013.
Agnew was a non-executive board member of the Department for Education and chairman of its Academies Board from 2013 to 2015. He was appointed lead non-executive board member of the Ministry of Justice in July 2015.
Agnew was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System, in the Department for Education, on 28 September 2017. He had an interest in improving the cost base of schools. He was created Baron Agnew of Oulton, of Oulton in the county of Norfolk, on 19 October 2017, sitting with the Conservative Party group in the House of Lords.
Agnew became Minister of State for Efficiency and Transformation at the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury on 14 February 2020.
Agnew had a senior role in the UK's vaccination effort during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2021 he was accused of a conflict of interest over his shares in Public Group, a firm helping companies bid for government contracts.
- Jointly with HM Treasury.
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The Lord Nash
| Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System
The Baroness Berridge
|Position re-established|| Minister of State for Efficiency and Transformation
|Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom|
The Lord Duncan of Springbank
Baron Agnew of Oulton
The Lord Geidt