Charles Hendry has been Conservative Member of Parliament for Wealden since 2001 and was Minister of State for Energy from May 2010 until September 2012. He was previously the Conservative Party’s spokesman on energy issues, holding the portfolio longer than any previous Minister.
The Prime Minister has appointed him as his Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
Since leaving Ministerial office, he has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh (in both the Business School and the Academy of Government). He is advising the Energy Secretary, the Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, on ways to drive up UK content in the oil and gas industry. Charles is President of the British Institute of Energy Economics; of the fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action and an Honorary Fellow of the Energy Institute. He is also President of the Advisory Board of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce.
He is Chairman of the Forewind Consortium, which is currently seeking consent to build the largest (7.2GW) offshore wind farm in the North Sea. He is an adviser to Atlantic Supergrid, which is looking to construct a transmission cable to bring low-carbon electricity from Iceland to the UK, and to Vitol, one of the world’s largest energy trading companies
He has also held the business, higher education and youth portfolios for the Conservative Party; as well as the role of Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party.
Prior to entering Parliament, Charles had his own communications consultancy, supporting chairmen and chief executives in their corporate networking. He was Chief of Staff to the Foreign Secretary, William Hague MP, when he became Leader of the Conservative Party.