Gillian Keegan Replaces Helen Whately As Care Minister In Cabinet Reshuffle

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed former Skills minister Gillian Keegan as the new care minister as part of his Cabinet reshuffle, replacing Helen Whately who will now take up a Treasury post.

53-year old Keegan was formerly Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills at the Department of Education, and is the Conservative MP for Chichester, having served as an MP continuously since 8 June 2017.

Ms Keegan was appointed as apprenticeships and skills minister in February 2020, a month before the first Covid-19 lockdown.

During her stint she has helped oversee the launch of the FE white paper and skills bill, the initial rollout of T Levels, and skills bootcamps.

“On Twitter she said: “It has been an incredible privilege to serve as the apprenticeships and skills minister, working to level up opportunities across the country. It has been wonderful to work with so many exceptional teachers, colleges, learning providers, businesses and most of all students.

“I am hugely grateful to the Department for Education staff for their support, in particular my private office team. There’s a huge amount of exciting work ongoing in the DfE – I wish Nadhim Zahawi & his team all the best as they continue improving our education system.

“I am honoured to have been asked by Boris Johnson to join the Department of Health and Social Care.

“There are significant challenges ahead and I am looking forward to working closely with Sajid Javid and the team to get stuck in.”