The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has appointed Amber Rudd as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, effective May 11.
Rudd was the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the DECC from July 2014 until May. She was elected Conservative MP for Hastings & Rye in 2010.
From 2010 to 2012, Rudd was a member of the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Select Committee. She then served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2012 to 2013, and as Assistant Whip from October 2013.
Graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in history, Rudd worked in investment banking in London and New York, before moving into venture capital. She then set up a freelance recruitment business and wrote for financial publications, before being elected to Parliament in May 2010.