Gavin Williamson: 9 facts about the new education secretary

Gavin Williamson has been announced as the new education secretary, in Boris Johnson’s first cabinet line-up.

Here is what we know about him

1. Born in 1976, Gavin Williamson is 43 years old. The average age of an education secretary is 49.5. However he is far from being the youngest to ever take the role. That honour goes to Ruth Kelly, who was just 36 when appointed.

2. He was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. He is the third education secretary from Yorkshire, after David Blunkett and Justine Greening.

3. Unusually, he attended a comprehensive secondary school, but he is not the first to have done so. Greening claimed that title when she was appointed back in 2016.

4. An often touchy subject, but as the role involves children so directly it will be mentioned at times: Gavin Williamson has two children. This is as close as physically possible to the average, which is 1.69. The most common number of children is zero.

5. Williamson studied social sciences at the University of Bradford.

6. He has been a Conservative for most of his life, and served as chair of Conservative Students, the precursor to Conservative Future, while at university.

7. Williamson worked in the manufacturing industry, as managing director of fireplace firm Elgin & Hall and later as boss of Aynsley China.

8. He has a strong voting record in favour of greater school autonomy – voting in favour of more freedoms and to support the academies programme 100 per cent of the time.

9. His predecessor, Damian Hinds, was in role for 563 days. The average is 842. If Williamson stays in office for the average number of days he will leave on November 13, 2021.