Ranil Jayawardena appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

On 6 September 2022, new Prime Minister Liz Truss appointed Ranil Jayawardena as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Previously he was Minister for International Trade from May 2020 to September 2022. He was elected as the Conservative MP for North East Hampshire in 2015.

Ranil went to his local comprehensive school in north east Hampshire and studied government at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Ranil entered Parliament representing his home constituency in 2015 and was re-elected in 2017 and 2019. Before serving as a minister, he was a member of the International Trade, Home Affairs, Procedure and Arms Export Controls Committees, and had been appointed by the Speaker of the House of Commons to the Chairmens’ Panel.

He was also made Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party by the Prime Minister. Prior to his election to Parliament, he was a councillor, serving as deputy leader of the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane.

Ranil combined his service in local government with working for Lloyds Banking Group plc and is a freeman of the City of London. He also has wide ranging commercial experience from the pharmaceutical, construction, transport and leisure sectors.

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • oversight of trade mandates and post-transition delivery and policy programme,
  • international relations
  • emergencies
  • overall Departmental administration
  • senior appointments