Sam Gyimah MP: Biography


“My mother, who brought up three of us on her own, taught me that education was the best passport for life; I was delighted to previously have the opportunity to serve as an Education Minister, working to improve early years support as well as children and young people’s mental health services.

And with a background in banking and small business before entering Parliament, I am passionate about supporting the enterprise and endeavour of our thriving business communities in Britain.

It was also a great honour to serve as the Minster for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, working to deliver the best possible education system as well as support our world-class Higher Education sector.

These values of hardwork, aspiration and giving back are the ones that shape me.”


Sam is the MP for East Surrey and had been the Member of Parliament for the past 8 years. First elected in 2010, Sam was returned to the House of Commons in 2017 with an increased majority.

Sam has previously been the Minister for Universities, Science, Research & Innovation. Before this, he has served as the Minister for Prisons & Probation, Minister for Childcare, the Minister for the Constitution, a Government Whip, and Parliamentary Private Secretary to former Prime Minister David Cameron.

Prior to entering Parliament, Sam worked in banking and as an entrepreneur developing businesses in the training, recruitment and internet sectors, winning CBI entrepreneur of the future in 2005.

He has served as governor of an inner London school and is a Vice-President of Young Epilepsy in Lingfield.

Sam is married and has two children.