Hon Todd McClay

Minister of Trade

Todd McClay

Biography

Todd McClay has been Minister of Trade since December 2015.

Before entering Parliament, Mr McClay owned an international communications and lobbying company in Europe. He has worked in political capacity internationally, in the European Parliament as the Chief of Staff to the Leader of the British Conservative Party and for the Irish Fianna Fail Party.

In 2000, he was appointed the Cook Islands and Niue Ambassador to the European Union serving these governments in Brussels. In recognition of his work for the people of the Cook Islands, in 2005 Mr McClay was made an Honorary Cook Islands National.  He remains the youngest appointee to the rank of Ambassador to the EU.

He was elected for the first time in 2008 as the National Party candidate for the Rotorua electorate when he won the seat from the opposition with a majority of more than 5,000 votes. He was re-elected in 2011 with increased majorities.

Mr McClay was promoted to Cabinet in September 2014 and became Minister of Revenue, Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Associate Minister of Trade.

He became Minister of Trade in December 2015 following a cabinet reshuffle.

He is currently a member of both the Cabinet Economic Growth & Infrastructure Committee and the Cabinet Committee on State Sector Reform & Expenditure Control. Previously, he was a member of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee, Deputy Chair of the Social Services Select Committee, Chair of the Commerce Committee and Chair of the influential Finance and Expenditure Committee.