George Hollingbery is the ultimate safe choice to replace Greg Hands at International Trade. He was Theresa May’s PPS when she was Home Secretary, and has been her PPS since she became Prime Minister. Other than a brief spell in the Whips’ Office during the late Cameron period that is his only experience on the Government payroll.
So this is quite a leg up – from PPS to Minister of State in a single bound. His background is in business as an entrepreneur. The Prime Minister will presumably need another PPS to replace him, who will join a second one – Seema Kennedy, who by all accounts is effective in the post.