Theresa May began her cabinet reshuffle at 10 Downing Street yesterday and Matt Hancock has been one of the lucky names to get a promotion.
Formerly known to be the Minister of State for Digital, Hancock has proceeded to take over Karen Bradley’s role of Culture Secretary for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in the latest reshuffle as Bradley becomes Northern Ireland secretary.
Following the announcement, Hancock took to Twitter and said he was “thrilled” to become Culture Secretary, with an exciting agenda on the cards as he settles into his new role.
— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) January 8, 2018
The announcement has been welcomed by the likes of the Cabinet Office, the public and the industry. Chris Combemale, CEO of DMA Group, welcomed the appointment and said: “I’d like to congratulate Matt on his promotion to Secretary of State at DCMS and know that he will be an effective leader. His knowledge of data protection and privacy issues will be invaluable as he tackles the numerous challenges in his brief.
“He comes into the role at a pivotal time for the marketing industry. The UK’s data-driven creative industry is a global leader but in order to boost this success, free flow of data across borders must be a critical element of any trade deal with Europe or any other nation.”
The new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has seemingly begun his role quite nicely as his first ‘task’, as he described, was supporting Britain’s Fashion Industry at a London Fashion Week dinner with Rita Ora.
Prior to becoming Minister of State for Digital Hancock was the Culture Minister, which he took up in July 2016.