Jonathan Hill started his political career in the Conservative Party's Research Department, having previously worked for Jacob Rothschild and in publishing after graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge with a Double First in History.
He then went on to work as a political adviser, including four years at Number 10 Downing Street where he worked both in the Policy Unit and as the Prime Minister’s Political Secretary. In that role, he ran Prime Minister John Major’s campaign during the 1992 General Election campaign. Before that, he had served as a Special Adviser to Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke in three Government Departments: Employment, DTI and Health. In 1998 he had founded Quiller Consultants, a strategic communications consultancy, which he ran until 2010.
Jonathan became a Government Minister in May 2010, having been appointed to the House of Lords as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education, becoming Lord Hill of Oareford. On his second day in the job, he had to introduce the Academies Bill, the first piece of legislation of the Coalition Government. He was the Minister responsible for getting the Academies and Free Schools reforms off the ground. In January 2013 Jonathan was made Leader of the House of Lords. As Leader of the Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, he was a member of the Cabinet and responsible for the delivery of the government’s legislative programme in the House of Lords.
In July 2014 Jonathan was nominated to be Britain’s European Commissioner and until he resigned in the aftermath of the European Referendum, Jonathan was European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union. In that role, he was responsible for regulating Europe’s financial services, for international regulatory co-operation, for Banking Union and for taking forward work to strengthen the European Single Market for capital.