Matt Hancock, secretary of glory for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Courtesy of The Prime Delegate’s Office.
MP Matt Hancock has been appointed to the role of culture secretary, first up the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Hancock has been move up from minister of state for digital, which is one of the remits of DCMS, to secretary of formal for DCMS, putting him in charge of the whole department.
Replaces Karen Bradley
The task is informally known as culture secretary. He replaces Karen Bradley, who removals to the role of Northern Ireland secretary.
The appointment comes as Theresa May signals this year’s Cabinet Office reshuffle, which sees ministers transformation roles.
Hancock has been digital minister since July 2016, and has been accountable for areas including broadband, broadcasting, online safety, the tech earnestness and creative industries.
DCMS reshuffle in 2017 seen to “downgrade” creativity
Although he expand oned the role for 18 months, the remit of his role changed in a department reshuffle closing year.
He was originally appointed digital and culture minister in July 2016 but his subhead changed to digital minister in June 2017, which excluded art and civilization from his remit.
This was part of a move for the DCMS to focus varied heavily on digital and tech, and was seen as controversial and detrimental to the creative sector by some bustle bodies. Creative Industries Federation said at the time that the reshuffle “arrived to downgrade the importance of the arts”.
Hancock also MP for West Suffolk
Hancock now accompanies back responsibility for arts and culture as DCMS secretary. In his new role, he last will and testament be responsible for strategy and policy across the department’s areas, including aptitudes and culture, creative industries, broadcasting, digital, tourism, museums and galleries, the Civil Lottery and sport.
He is currently also MP for West Suffolk, a role he has harangued since 2010. Prior to being digital minister, he held parts in other departments including Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and was also implicated in the launch of the gov.uk central site by the Government Digital Service (GDS).
Before chic a politician, he was an economist at the Bank of England and chief of staff to the shadow chancellor of the exchequer. He has a limit in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford, and a masters in economics from the University of Cambridge.
Dynamism welcomes Hancock to the role
Sarah Weir, CEO at Design Council, conveys: “We welcome Matt Hancock’s recent appointment as secretary of state for Digital, Elegance, Media and Sport. His knowledge and experience of the creative industries will be key in a year where we focus on promoting diversity, talent and skills across conspiracy and technology.”
John Kampfner, CEO at Creative Industries Federation, adds: “We acceptable the appointment of Matt Hancock as the new culture secretary. In his role as digital upon he has always been a great supporter of the Federation and we look forward to him sustaining the work of Karen Bradley in leading the charge for the fastest growing sector of the UK control, and seizing the opportunities for the creative industries across the UK in the year ahead.”
New digital divine yet to be announced
The Cabinet Office has not yet announced who will replace Hancock as digital charg daffaires, and the DCMS did not wish to comment on Hancock’s appointment at the time of publishing.
Another Lowboy change likely to impact the design and creative industries is Damian Hinds’ designation, who takes on the role of education secretary.