About Hugh

From 2012-2014 Hugh Robertson served as Minister of State at The Foreign and Commonwealth Office with responsibility for The Middle East, North Africa and Counter Terrorism. From 2010-2012, he was the Minister for the Olympics where he oversaw the day to day preparations and delivery of The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games including all aspects of the budget, construction, operational management and legacy. He was also the Minister for Sport during an unprecedented period of GB sporting success, including the medal haul at London 2012 and securing the most ambitious ever programme of major sports events.

Earlier in his Parliamentary career, he was a Conservative Whip from 2002-2004 and Shadow Sports and Olympics Minister from 2004-2010 thus becoming, alongside Dame Tessa Jowell, one of the two UK politicians who saw London 2012 through from bid to delivery. He was first elected for his Faversham and Mid Kent seat in 2001 and again in 2005 and 2010, doubling his majority on both occasions.

Before entering Parliament, Hugh was an officer in The Life Guards from 1985–1995 seeing active service in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, The Gulf War and Bosnia where he commanded the British detachment in Sarajevo during the siege of the city. He also commanded The Household Cavalry on the 1993 Queen’s Birthday Parade and The State Opening of Parliament.

After leaving the army, he worked at Schroder Investment Management from 1995–2001 becoming Head of New Business Development for the Property Division and an Assistant Director of Schroder Investment Management.

He won the Armourers and Brasiers prize as the top young officer on his course in 1986, the Sultan of Brunei’s Special Order of Merit in 1992, was appointed to the Privy Council in 2012 and was made a Knight Commander of St Michael and St George in 2014 in recognition of his work as Olympics Minister during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He also holds a Distinguished Fellowship from Reading University, an Emeritus Award from the Sport and Recreation Society and was honoured by The International Paralympic Committee for his work during London 2012.

He is a keen cricketer, who played for the MCC, hockey player and he supports Chelsea FC. He was born in the Kent and Canterbury hospital on 9 October 1962 and is married to Anna. They have a young son.